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Dewayne Bunch Receives Leadership Award


Dewayne Bunch 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.

Dewayne Bunch was one of the honored guests to receive a Leadership in a Free and Strong America Award for his patriotism and drive for excellence to his 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.

Dewayne is a 1980 graduate of Williamsburg Independent School and a 1992 graduate of Cumberland College, now University of the Cumberlands. Following graduation, he began his teaching career at Whitley County High School and is now in his 17th year as a member of its faculty.

After high school, Dewayne also joined the Kentucky National Guard and served his country for 23 years. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the Kentucky National Guard was called to active duty. Dewayne, in the 1/149th company, was deployed on two separate occasions. In 2001, he served in Germany as part of Operation Noble Eagle/ Enduring Freedom and in 2003; he served in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his time in Iraq, Dewayne served as first sergeant, earning numerous honors and recognition including Army Commendation Honors, Meritorious Service Medals, Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star.

Upon retirement from the Kentucky National Guards in May of 2008, Dewayne decided it was time to serve his country again in a different capacity. With support of his wife and family, Dewayne filed to run for state representative of the 82nd District. In November 2010, he was elected as representative of the 82nd District and began serving in this position on January 3. Currently, Dewayne is serving as a member of the Education, Labor & Industry and veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection committees.

Dewayne is married to Regina Bunch, a teacher at Whitley County Middle School, and they have three daughters, Stephanie, Kristen and Brittany and two grandchildren, Miah Brynleigh and Thomas Blake.