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Hilda Legg Receives Leadership Award


Hilda Legg receives a Leadership award from Mike Huckabee and University of the Cumberlands president Dr. Jim Taylor at UC’s 6th annual Leadership event on Tuesday, April 5.

Williamsburg, Ky. - Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee spoke to a crowded auditorium of 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 6th annual Forcht Group of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Leadership event on Tuesday, April 5. Held in the O. Wayne Rollins Center on UC’s campus, Huckabee’s speech, “Leadership in a Free and Strong America,” highlighted not only the economic crisis in America but the moral issues behind the problem and the moral solutions to work towards change.

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 eight individuals who have been instrumental in demonstrating exceptional leadership in a free and strong America. These individuals were chosen because they demonstrate the essentials of leadership not only in their business lives but in their personal lives as well.

Hilda Legg was one of the honored guests to receive a Leadership in a Free and Strong America Award for her patriotism and drive for excellence to her family, community and nation and for serving as a role model to others by taking active steps in the development of a Free and Strong America.

Legg was appointed by President George W. Bush in September of 2001 as the 15th administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). She administered a loan and grant program in excess of $6 billion dollars annually, which invests in the infrastructure needs of Rural America.

During her tenure the Broadband Community Connect Grant Program was developed and implemented to bring broadband to those difficult to serve rural communities. She also managed a $40 billion dollar loan portfolio of investments in broadband and telecommunications, distribution, generation and transmission of electricity as well as water and waste water infrastructure. Now, Mrs. Legg works as a consultant (Legg Strategies) and is an advocate and champion for rural economic development nationally.

Legg’s previous employment includes an appointment as alternate co-chairman of the Appalachia Regional Commission by President George H.W. Bush and CEO of the Center for Rural Development in Kentucky. She served in the Reagan Administration at the U.S. Department of Education as well as field representative for Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Legg was named the vice chair of Broadband Properties Magazine in early 2006 where she advises on broadband issues. She serves as an advisor to ConnectKentucky, a successful public/private organization.

Hilda Legg’s passion for public service started at a young age on her parent’s farm in Adair county, where she was born and raised. Her fundamental values, determination, hard work and Christian principles were formed around the dinner table during discussions about taxes and too much government. Currently, she resides in Somerset, Ky., with her son Dane.