Campbellsville University’s Dr. John Chowning named ‘Man of the Year’ by Louisville Organization

Campbellsville University’s Dr. John Chowning named ‘Man of the Year’ by Louisville Organization

Dec. 14, 2015
For Immediate Release




Dr. John Chowning, left, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president at Campbellsville University, thanks the audience for his "Man of the Year" Award presented by Bishop C. James King, second from left, founder of Project One Inc. Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, also spoke at the ceremony.


By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator


CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Dr. John Chowning, executive vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president at Campbellsville University, has been named “Man of the Year” by Project One Inc. in Louisville.


Chowning was one of four to receive awards through Project One Inc. that was started May 15, 1985 in Louisville. Project One has placed over 18,000 students on meaningful jobs since its inception.


Thousands of students in Project One have graduated from high school and colleges.


Others receiving awards were: Jerry Ward, chairman of the Board for Kosair Charities, “Humanitarian of the Year”; Mrs. Jessie Daniels, educator, “Women of the Year” and Dr. Jonathan T. Lott, clergyman, chairman, Project One Inc. Board of Trustees, “Montest Eaves Award.”


Chowning received the award from Bishop C. James King Jr., founder of Project One Inc.


Chowning said, “This award from Bishop C. James King and Project One Inc. is very much appreciated. It was quite a surprise when I received notice that I was to be the recipient, and I want to acknowledge the tremendous work that Bishop King and Project One have done over the past 30 years.


“Some 18,000 young people have received leadership training and summer employment opportunities as a result of the visionary leadership of Bishop King and the work of the many people involved with Project One.


“Project One and Campbellsville University are both Christian organizations that are working to provide educational opportunity and servant leadership training for young people, and we look forward to partnering with Project One even more in the future.”


Chowning called King a “great Christian leader” whose “impact and influence are national and global in scope.”


He said, “It is a privilege and honor to receive this award from him and Project One, Inc., the organization that he formed and leads, and to count him as a good friend and colleague. Thank you for this award.”


King said Chowning was “so deserving” of the award. “I really appreciate you, your faith and commitment to Jesus Christ and making this world a better place to live.” 


Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, addressed the audience and spoke of Chowning’s leadership with Greater Campbellsville United, the focus of which is to help create an environment of equality and opportunity for all residents of Campbellsville-Taylor County and the heartland region of Kentucky.


Carter also discussed Chowning’s many remarkable qualities including his respect in Frankfort, his work with the Economic Development Authority in Campbellsville, as an educator, public policy analyst, pastor and the “great compassion he has for all people.”


Carter said Chowning has a great ability to get projects completed that help people. He also discussed Chowning’s passion for racial reconciliation and how that translates into everything he does.


With the support of CU presidents Dr. Ken Winters and Carter, Chowning proposed the university’s Technology Training Center and coordinated efforts to secure funding for the project by working with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

 Dr. John Chowning

Chowning is retiring at the end of December after 26 years of service to Campbellsville University. However, he will continue to work part time as executive assistant to the president for government, community and constituent relations.


Chowning became involved in fundraising with Campbellsville University in 1989 and became a member of the university’s Board of Trustees in 1992.


He continued on the board for the next seven years, serving as chair in 1996 and 1997. He became a full-time employee in February 1998.


He taught as an adjunct for several years in Campbellsville University’s political science department. He has served as chair of the university’s diversity committee, strategic planning and University Council.


He is an ordained Baptist minister having served as senior pastor of Saloma Baptist Church since 1994. He is an active member, former secretary of Taylor County Ministerial Association and is a member of the executive boards of Taylor County Baptist Association and Zion District Association of Baptists.


He led his church to become a member of the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky, the state’s historic black Baptist state convention – one of two historically Anglo Baptist churches to join the GABKY. He has been active in the life of the GABKY for the past several years.


Chowning has been recognized for his leadership in racial and ethnic reconciliation ministry and is a member of the Ecumenical Ministerial Alliance of Campbellsville-Taylor County.


Chowning has a master’s of public administration (planning emphasis) from Eastern Kentucky University; a bachelor of arts in political science from Transylvania University; and an associate of arts from Lindsey Wilson College. 

He has completed several courses in the program of alternate studies at Memphis Theological Seminary and has completed additional graduate hours in education at EKU.  He received an honorary doctorate of public service degree from Campbellsville University in December 2013.


His wife of 44 years, Cathy Pence Chowning, is a licensed physical therapist and works as a rehabilitation services director at a Campbellsville-area nursing home and rehabilitation center, and they are the parents of four children, including Kaleb Chowning, who works in the Office of Development at Campbellsville University, and have four grandchildren.


Chowning manages a family farm operation in his native Cumberland County, Ky.  The Chownings have lived in Campbellsville for the past 38 years.


Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering over 80 programs of study including 24 master’s degrees, seven postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is


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