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John R. Hall receives Kentuckian Award

John R. Hall, a member of the Transylvania Board of Trustees, was honored by the Happy Chandler Scholarship Foundation with its 2009 Kentuckian Award during the foundation’s Awards of Excellence Gala in July. The award recognizes outstanding service to the Commonwealth.

After joining Ashland Inc. in 1957 as a chemical engineer, Hall became president of the company in 1971. He retired as chief executive officer in 1996 and as chairman of the board a year later. He then became the first chairman of Arch Coal Company, retiring in 1998.

Known for his passionate commitment to education, Hall was a founding member of the Partnership for Kentucky Schools and served on the Council for Postsecondary Education. He was Kentucky state chairman for the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1991-96.

At Transylvania, Hall has been a board member since 1982 and serves on its Executive Committee. His long history of support and service to the University includes capital campaigns, the annual fund, numerous building projects, the William T. Young Scholarship program, and the JGK III Scholarship program. Because of his personal support and that which he garnered for Transylvania through Ashland and its foundation, the John R. Hall Athletic Field was dedicated in his honor in 1996.

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