CU recognizes Servant Leadership Awards recipients

CU recognizes Servant Leadership Awards recipients

June 26, 2012
For Immediate Release

Holly Davidson of Danville, Ky., third from left, received a Servant Leadership Award from Campbellsville University. She was recognized by Dr. Michael V. Carter, president; Jodi Allen, dean of student services; and Dave Walters, vice president for admissions and student services. (Campbellsville University Photo by Ashley Wilson)

Andrew Simmons of Owensboro, Ky., third from left, received a  Servant Leadership Award from Campbellsville University. He was recognized by Dr. Michael V. Carter, president; Jodi Allen, dean of student services; and Dave Walters, vice president for admissions and student services. (Campbellsville University Photo by Sarah Ames)

By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. -- Campbellsville University honored two students, Holly Davidson from Danville, Ky., and Andrew Simmons from Owensboro, Ky., as the 2012 recipients of the Barney II and Moore Foundation Servant Leadership Awards during Honors and Awards Day and again at a luncheon in their honor following the awards ceremony.

Students at Campbellsville University are recognized for their skills as leaders through the Servant Leadership Program which is now funded by the university after three years under the Barney II and Moore Foundation.

Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of the university, said at the luncheon that students should leave Campbellsville University with servant leadership in their hearts.

Dave Walters, vice president for admissions and student services, said the nominees from faculty and staff are taken “very seriously” and “this is a very honorable award they receive today.”

He thanked Davidson and Simmons for their leadership and said others on campus see how they can serve Christ from their leadership.

Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs, congratulated the students and said they will continue to be servant leaders after they graduate.

Davidson believes Christ showed He is the perfect example of a servant leader by His humility, lowering His position from the throne of glory to become a servant to the very people he created, becoming obedient to death.

After graduation, she and her husband (Davidson was recently married to Austin Hammons of Lawrenceburg, Ky.) plan to attend The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. They both feel called to international missions and are excited to see where the Lord leads them.

As a part of their receiving the Servant Leadership Awards, the recipients donate money to a cause, and Davidson’s charity is MiMi’s House in Guatemala.

Davidson is a junior majoring in educational ministries. She was the 2012 Miss Valentine first runner-up and Miss Congeniality. She is a resident assistant and member of the Campbellsville Singers.

She is involved in campus ministries as Baptist Campus Ministry Disciple Now coordinator. She was an International Mission Board volunteer intern in Kosovo. She has received an academic scholarship and also the Baptist Leadership Award.

She is the daughter of Troy and Cindy Davidson and is a 2009 graduate of Boyle County High School and attends Calvary Baptist Church.

Simmons is a junior business administration major. He is captain of the cross-country team and has been named Academic All-American for cross-country. He is an athletic Champions of Character and volunteers for many different events, including organizing a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for cancer research. He is also a resident assistant.

He defines a servant leader as a person who must follow the example of Jesus by putting oneself below others to serve them while leading them by example.

After graduation, Simmons does not know where God will take him but he knows he’ll be prepared and he will work hard to do his best wherever God leads.

Simmons will be donating a portion of his Servant Leadership Award money to Green River Ministries in Campbellsville.

He is the son of Kimbrough and Beth Simmons and is a 2010 graduate of Daviess County High School and attends Masonville Baptist Church.

Campbellsville University has been appreciative to the Barney II and Moore Foundations, particularly William Reichardt, president of the Barney II Foundation, and Martin Moore, president of the Moore Foundation, for their initiative to help those in Christian higher education take our students to the highest form of leadership – servanthood in Christ’s name.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with over 3,000 students offering 63 undergraduate programs, 17 master’s degrees and five postgraduate areas. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.
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