Dr. Webb says community collaboration vital for success

Medical Leader | Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: University of Pikeville President Dr. Burton Webb
addresses the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce during its annual
Membership Luncheon held at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Jan.
19.  Dr. Webb took the reins at UPIKE last month.

PIKEVILLE – The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce was introduced to newly-appointed University of Pikeville President Dr. Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., during its membership luncheon at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Jan. 19.

Dr. Webb told the group of his vision and hope that community, business and the university can work hand-in-hand to build a stronger eastern Kentucky.

He came to UPIKE after serving as vice president for academic affairs at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.

Dr. Webb was hired following a nationwide search. His accomplished career in higher education includes 16 years at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he served as associate dean for the School of Physical and Applied Sciences, chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and interim dean for the College of the Arts and Sciences.

Along the way, Webb spent 14 years teaching medical immunology to first-year medical students at Indiana University School of Medicine. Webb earned a doctorate in microbiology and immunology from Indiana University School of Medicine, a master’s degree in biology from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Olivet Nazarene University.

“I’ve worked at three institutions much like UPIKE, and I promise you no one will work harder than I will to see that we are able to pursue our mission and fulfill it.”

Webb challenged the community to find grit, unite and focus on the future by investing in our schools, civil infrastructure and business growth.

He also thanked former Gov. Paul E. Patton and his wife, Judi, for their consistent leadership during the transition period.

The luncheon was sponsored by BB&T and BB&T Wealth Management.