LEXINGTON, Ky. – Leadership Kentucky, one of the first and most prestigious statewide leadership development programs in the United States, will hold its 20e Annual Lexington Alumni Luncheon at the Central Bank Center on January 6, 2022, where the Flame of Excellence Award will be presented to Porter G. Peeples, Sr.
The Flame of Excellence Award honors an exceptional Kentuckian who courageously leads the way for others.
Porter G. Peeples, Sr. is a native of Lynch, Ky., Where he attended high school and graduated in 1964. He attended Southeast Community College in Cumberland, Ky., Where he graduated from associate in education in 1966. He then enrolled in university. from Kentucky where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education in 1968. Peeples also completed graduate studies at Eastern Kentucky University and received an honorary doctorate from Lindsey Wilson College. Prior to becoming the Education Director for the Lexington-Fayette County Urban League, Peeples was a teacher in Fayette County.
Peeples became CEO of the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County in 1972. Under his leadership, the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County made its mark by expanding to provide vocational training, housing, computer programs, technological and educational. The Lexington-Fayette County Urban League has also gained a reputation for its intervention and advocacy on behalf of its constituent base.
Peeples continues their dedication to the Lexington community through their active participation on
many local and national councils. His work has also earned him many various awards for his dedication to his community.
Past recipients of the Kentucky Flame of Excellence in Leadership:
2002 – Dr. Thomas D. Clark, Kentucky Historian Emeritus
2003 – Edward T. “Ned” Breathitt, former governor
2004 – John R. Hall, retired President and CEO, Ashland Inc.
2005 – Martha Layne Collins, former governor; President / CEO Kentucky World Trade Center
2006 – Wendell H. Ford, US Senate, retired; Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center
2007 – Albert P. Smith, Jr., retired “Comment on Kentucky” host
2008 – David A. Jones, Founder and Former Chairman of the Board, Humana, Inc.
2009 – Eula Hall, Founder, Mud Creek Clinic
2010 – Owsley Brown Frazier, Founder and President, Frazier International History Museum
2011 – Dr T. Pearse Lyons, Founder and CEO, Alltech
2012 – William T. Samuels, Jr., President Emeritus, Maker’s Mark Distillery, Inc.
2013 – Dr Lee T. Todd, Jr., Past President, University of Kentucky
2014 – Bill Goodman, Former Host, KET
2015 – John A. Williams, Sr., Computer Services, Inc.
2016 – Helen Carroll, Toyota, retired
2017 – William (Bill) Jones, American Bank
2018 – David Adkisson, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, retired
2019 – Myra Ball, Ball Homes and Donamire Farm
2020 – Alice and Wade Houston, HJI Supply Chain Solutions
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