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UC presents Dr. M.A. Winchester 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.

Dr. M.A. Winchester was one of the honored guests to receive the Leadership Award.

Dr. M.A. Winchester has provided access to health care in McCreary County since 1959. He established a family practice now known as Winchester, Patton, and Burgess, PSC in a community with a great need for medical services. During his career he saw the need for healthcare for individuals who could not pay for these services and in 1982 became the co-founder of a non-profit organization known as the McCreary Christian Center, Inc.

Not only has Winchester co-founded the McCreary Christian Center, but also the McCreary County Water District which provides clean drinking water throughout the community and the McCreary County Park that provides family oriented recreation. He is the Director of the Baptist Medical/ Dental Fellowship and has also served as the President. He served as the first Vice-President of the Kentucky Baptist Convention and is currently a board member on their Missions committee. He is the former Director of the Home Mission Board for the Southern Baptist Convention. He is a member of the Board for McCreary Bankshares Corporation and the Bank of McCreary County and serves as a Board Member at the First Trust & Savings Bank in Oneida. Dr. Winchester also goes overseas on at least one mission trip a year to provide free medical services to third world countries. He won the 2009 Governor’s award for voluntarism for multiple overseas trips.

Dr. Winchester resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife, Portia Breeding Winchester, formerly of Adair County, KY. He has three children; Timothy A. Winchester, M.D. of Lexington, KY., Susan W. Borders, a nutritionist, of Louisville, KY., and David A. Winchester, a lawyer of LaFollette, TN.

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