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COL (Ret.) Colegrove Appointed to serve on Senator Rand Paul's Military Service Academy Selection Board


Colegrove is also a Professor of Education and Director of Leadership Studies at UC; where he has served in various capacities for over thirty five years.

Williamsburg, Ky. – On Friday August 19, 2011 it was announced that former Colonel and current Vice President for Student Services at University of the Cumberlands (UC) Dr. Michael B. Colegrove had been appointed by Senator Rand Paul to serve on his Military Service Academy Selection Board.

Dr. Colegrove is also a Professor of Education and Director of Leadership Studies at UC; where he has served in various capacities for over thirty five years. He served two years (1987-1989) as the President of Hargrave Military Academy and he was in the U. S. Army Reserve for 30 years where he commanded units at all levels.

“A very rewarding aspect of being a United States Senator is that I have the opportunity to nominate young men and women from across Kentucky to attend the service academies,” stated Senator Rand Paul. “Due to the limited number of openings at the service academies and the large pool of individuals expressing a desire for a nomination, I am establishing an Academy Nomination Board to recommend individuals to receive a nomination.”

Dr. Colegrove has been actively involved in teaching and administration since earning a bachelor’s degree from Cumberland College in 1971. He also earned a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Kentucky University, a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Vanderbilt University, and is a graduate of the United States Army War College.

Actively involved in his community and church, Colegrove serves as a member of the board of directors of the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the area chapter of the American Red Cross and the Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Center. He has also served as director of Dayspring Healthcare System, Inc, the American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association.

He is past President of the Williamsburg Independent School PTA and the Williamsburg Kiwanis Club. He served as Lt. Governor for Region 6 Kentucky - Tennessee Kiwanis in 2000. He currently serves First Baptist Church of Williamsburg as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher.

He is the author of six books with his latest being, Distant Voices, Listening to the Leadership Lessons of the Past: The Military Commentaries of Julius Caesar (2007). He has also conducted workshops and seminars nationally and internationally.

Colegrove and his wife Donna, reside in Williamsburg. Mrs. Colegrove is a retired music teacher. The Colegrove’s have one daughter, Kimberly who is married to Matt Joyce. Matt and Kimberly have two sons, Jackson and William.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees; more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.