Press Release: Prichard Committee names new board members, elects leadership

Nov 19, 2018 | Press Releases


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LEXINGTON, Ky. – A retired educator, a leader in gifted and talented education and the head of one of Kentucky’s major manufacturers have been named as board members of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

The three joined the board of the citizens’ advocacy organization during its recent annual meeting, where members also elected board leaders.

The new board members are:

Bonnie Lash Freeman, a retired Education/Training Specialist and Director at the National Center for Family Learning in Louisville. She currently conducts professional development sessions in family literacy, early literacy and reading. An active member of the Prichard Committee, she is a recently ordained Deacon at St. Stephen Baptist Church and is vice chair of the High Scope Educational Research Foundation, board chair of the Louisville Central Community Centers, INC, and a board member of the Kentucky Reading Association.

Susan Elkington, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK), where she oversees a $7 billion operation that employs more than 8,000 people. TMMK is Toyota’s largest production facility globally. Elkington, who recently became a Prichard Committee member, joined TMMK in January 2017 as senior vice president overseeing the plant’s manufacturing and administrative functions. She became president in 2018 and is a board member of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, a STEP Ahead Honoree and ATHENA of Southwest Indiana Award Finalist.

Dr. Julia Link Roberts, the Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies and Executive Director of The Center for Gifted Studies and The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University. She has been honored for her work by being named one of the 100 gifts WKU has given to the world. An award-winning advocate for gifted children at the state, national and international levels, Roberts serves on the boards of the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education and The Association for the Gifted, is president of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, and chairs The Kentucky Advisory Council for Gifted Education.

The Prichard Committee also elected the following as board leaders:

  • William H. Wilson of Lexington, Chair
  • Wynn L. Radford of Hopkinsville, Vice Chair
  • Carol Lamm of Berea, Secretary/Treasurer

Other board members are:

  • David Bolt, Morehead
  • Al Cornish, Louisville
  • Ben Cundiff, Cadiz
  • Clay H. Ford, Owensboro
  • Bill Garmer, Lexington
  • Nancy Grayson, Covington
  • Franklin Jelsma, Louisville
  • Hilma S. Prather, Somerset
  • James Votruba, Highland Heights
  • Harvie Wilkinson, Lexington


 The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent, nonpartisan, citizen-led organization working to improve education in Kentucky – early childhood through postsecondary.


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