Nana Lampton, chairman and chief executive officer of American Life and Accident Insurance Company of Kentucky (American Life) and of Hardscuffle, Inc., its holding company, has been elected to the Berea College Board of Trustees at the Board’s recent meeting. Each Trustee is elected for a six-year term.
“I am privileged to be a part of Berea College, whose mission is to raise people up to accomplish good things for the world,” stated Lampton.
Lampton is a graduate of both Wellesley College (B.A.) and the University of Virginia (M.A.). Following graduate school, she returned to Louisville in 1966 to begin working at American Life, which her grandfather founded in 1906.
Lampton’s career began at the same time her hometown was in a significant rebuilding phase. She participated in the development of her company’s new office building, which was completed in 1973 and was the final design by noted architect Mies van der Rohe. Soon after, Lampton began her tenure with the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation, which has included four master plans for the city’s core, the latest of which she co-chaired with her goddaughter, Augusta Brown Holland. Later, she initiated the American Life building’s “living roof” in collaboration with Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest.
Lampton served on the boards of two NYSE companies, Constellation Energy Group and DNP, while continuing to work at American Life, which she evolved from retail insurance operations into a reinsurance company.
Throughout her career, leadership as a corporate citizen has led her to serve on a wide range of non-profit boards, including the Thomas D. Clark Foundation, the Warwick Foundation, the National Parks Conservation Association and Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, as well as roles appointed by the governor with the Kentucky Heritage Council and the Kentucky Historical Society. In 2010 she established the Snowy Owl Foundation, whose mission is to care for nature, creativity, and human need, with imagination.
In 2013, she was appointed by the King of Morocco to the office of Honorary Consul. As one of the liaisons in the U.S. for the Embassy of Morocco, she develops cultural and business relationships between Kentucky, the region, and Morocco.
Lampton earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University in 2004 and received an honorary doctorate in Public Service from Spalding in 2013.
An author and painter, four books of her poems have been published and her paintings have been shown in exhibits in various cities. Her most recent book, Wash the Dust from My Eyes, was inspired by her grandfather’s diary as he trained for duty during World War I.
Ms. Lampton works in downtown Louisville, Kentucky and lives on a farm in Goshen, Kentucky.