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Dr. Owen Nichols receives Leadership Award


Williamsburg, Ky. – World renowned columnist and political analyst Dr. Charles Krauthammer spoke to a crowded auditorium of over 3,000 University of the Cumberlands (UC) students, staff, and faculty, as well as friends from across the state of Kentucky, during the University’s annual Forcht Group of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Leadership event on Tuesday, April 9th. Held in the O. Wayne Rollins Center, located on the UC campus, Krauthammer’s speech, “Ethical Leadership,” focused on the various ethical issues that the country is currently facing.

The Center, that sponsors internationally renowned speakers recognized for their character and leadership, provides a keynote speaker yearly at UC to help raise the visibility of the University’s values.

At this year’s program UC honored six individuals who have been instrumental in demonstrating an excellence to their community and nation and for serving as a role model to others by taking active steps to pursue noble goals and high ethical standards.

Dr. Owen Nichols was one of the honored guests to receive the Ethical Leadership Award.

Nichols is the President and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Mental Health Retardation Regional Board. He has served over 25 years of continuous community and public service related to leading, managing, coordinating, and directing organizations, work teams, and individuals.

In his role as President and CEO of NorthKey Community Care, Nichols oversees and provides leadership to 17 community clinics delivering mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual and developmental disability services, a freestanding child and adolescent psychiatric hospital, and numerous residential and day treatment programs.

He currently serves as the President and Board Chair of the Kentucky Association of Regional Mental Health and Mental Retardation Programs Inc., and Vice-Chair for the Kentucky Board of Examiners in Psychology. Nichols is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, Fellow in the Academy of Medical Psychology, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division of Independent Practice.

He also holds the distinguished honor of serving on the Advisory Board of the Neuroscience Education Institute.

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.