Ashland KCTCS

President's Gala and Benefactors Awards Dinner

Benefactors of the Year, 2001
Ashland Community and Technical College

Dr. Robert L. Goodpaster, Ashland
Being Honored by the Ashland Community and Technical College District  


To accept the award is Dr. Robert L. Goodpaster

Dr. Robert L. Goodpaster has advanced education in the Ashland area since he started as Director of Ashland Community College in 1961. During his tenure, the College grew to more than 2,000 students, a new campus was built, and many new programs were developed. After retiring from ACC in 1987, he directed Morehead State University's Ashland Area Extended Campus Center for five years. Active in ACC's Partners in Progress Campaign, he has supported many community and technical college initiatives. He and his wife Pat reside in Ashland and remain strong advocates of primary through post-secondary education.  


Big Sandy SuperStores, Ashland
Being Honored by the Ashland Community and Technical College District  


To accept the award on behalf of Big Sandy SuperStores is Mr. John C. Stewart, President, Big Sandy Furniture, Inc.  

Big Sandy SuperStores believes in reinvesting in the local community, particularly in education. To commemorate the retirement of founder Robert VanHoose, Sr. in 1985, the company established a scholarship fund for business majors. Current President John C. Stewart, Jr. has continued company support of educational projects ranging from school equipment to jobs for college students. A first generation college student, he believes that Ashland Community College was instrumental in his later success. As a board member of the Community College Foundation of Ashland Inc., he assists the College to provide that same kind of support to students.  


David J. Glockner, Franklin Furnace, OH
Being Honored by the Community College Foundation of Ashland, Inc.  


To accept the award is Mr. David J. Glockner  

Ashland businessman David Glockner believes that business/educational partnerships benefit the entire community.  As President of Ohio Valley Wholesale in Ashland, he supported the Fund for the Future for the Learning Resource building construction in 1990 and then established scholarships for average and non-traditional students.  As an individual, he has supported the Greatest Needs Fund to provide services and programs crucial to the College's mission but unsupported through traditional sources.  He and his wife Patricia sent several of their children to Ashland Community College and are committed to helping provide college opportunities to others in the area.

Saul and Harriet Kaplan Foundation, Inc., Ashland
Being Honored by the Community College Foundation of Ashland, Inc.  


To accept the award is Mr. Saul Kaplan, Foundation President

The Saul and Harriet Kaplan Foundation has consistently supported education and community projects that benefit area residents.  In 1998, at the initiative of the Kaplan's daughter and board member Sharon Simons, the Foundation endowed a scholarship fund at Ashland Community College for non-traditional students.  Following Mrs. Simons' death in 2000, the endowment was increased and renamed the Sharon Kaplan Simons Scholarship Fund for Non-traditional Students. The Foundation's generosity has enabled many area residents to overcome financial and personal adversity to complete the college education needed for a better life.