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UC presents Mr. Thomas McGlothlin with Leadership Award


Williamsburg, KY.,- On April 1, University of the Cumberlands (UC) and the Forcht Group of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Leadership presented “Logical Leadership” with keynote speaker, Dr. Ben Carson, Sr. M.D.. Several thousand people attended the event to hear the emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics give his inspiring testimony.

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 seven 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.

Mr. Thomas McGlothlin was one of the honored guests to receive the Leadership Award.

Tom McGlothin was raised in Oakwood, Virginia. He was a graduate of Garden High School and Emory & Henry College in 1968. He has completed further studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970.

McGlothlin’s work record is extensive having started out in the Automotive Dealership and working his way up to Sales/Management of the Western Auto Store. He then went into Coal Sales and climbed the ladder before retiring as the President of the Tri-State Division (KY, WVA, OH) of the United Cola Company in Bristol, VA.

Since 1998, McGlothlin has served as President of The McGlothlin Foundation located in Bristol, VA. As President, he developed The McGlothlin Award for Teaching Excellence as the signature piece of his foundation. This award, presented annually to two teachers since 2000, carries a cash prize of $25,000 each. It is given to a K-5 and a 6-12 grade teacher in public schools with the idea of finding the best teachers and rewarding them, thereby attempting to keep them in the classroom rather than their leaving for jobs in the more lucrative field. All of the prize money goes directly to the teacher with one stipulation that at least $10,000 be spent on an international trip in order to “bring the world back to your classroom.”

McGlothin served at Emory & Henry College on the Board of Trustees for 22 years and served as committee chairs, as Vice Chair and as Chair of the Board. He has been a member of the Bristol Regional Medical Center Board, the Former Chair of the Bristol Regional Medical Center Foundation Board, the Former Chair of the Wellmont Health System Foundation Board, a member of the Wellmont Health System Board, a member of the Holston United Methodist Home for Children in Greeneville, Tennessee, and a member of the Holston Conference Colleges, Inc.

McGlothlin enjoys traveling and visiting presidential museums and libraries. He is a member of the State Street United Methodist Church. He and his wife Sandy have three children and five great-grandchildren.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit