Loyal Jones ’54 Wins 2017 East Kentucky Leadership Tony Turner Award

Loyal Jones '54Berea alumnus Loyal Jones ‘54, a former faculty member and founding director of the Appalachian Center that now bears his name at Berea College, is one of the winners who will receive a special award at this week’s East Kentucky Leadership Conference in Richmond, KY. The award, given in honor of former WYMT broadcaster, Tony Turner, honors individuals for their contributions to the Appalachian region.

Jones directed the Appalachian Center at Berea College from 1970-1993. Throughout his career he has focused on writing and educating others about Appalachian people, their history, and their culture. In 2008, the Berea College Board of Trustees passed a resolution to rename the Appalachian Center at Berea College the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center in recognition of his distinguished career and notable accomplishments as the Center’s founding director.

Now in its 28th year, the East Kentucky Leadership Conference promotes leadership development, communication and collaboration throughout the Eastern region of the Commonwealth. The Conference, sponsored by the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation, presents sessions about issues affecting the region, speakers who challenge Eastern Kentuckians to become leaders in their communities, and an annual awards ceremony at which Jones will be recognized.

For the full news story, visit: http://www.wymt.com/content/news/Berea-man-receives-2017-East-Kentucky-Leadership-Tony-Turner-Award–420270223.html

For more biographical information about Loyal Jones, visit: https://www.berea.edu/appalachian-center/about-loyal-jones/

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.