Alumni Success Stories

Q&A with Will Seidelman, Class of 2009

Majored in Psychology with a Philosophy minor
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Rodney F. Page, Political Science B.A. '68

2018 Hall of Fame inductee Rodney F. Page, a native of Colorado, attended Fort Knox High School, where he was a National Merit Scholar. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1968 with a B.S. in political science. During his time at UK, Page was a member of the Debate Team, twice leading the varsity team to the National Tournament. He was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, worked as a residential advisor in Donovan and Haggin Halls, and was elected chapter commander of Sigma Nu fraternity.

Page attended Harvard Law School, receiving his J.D. degree in 1971. He then joined the Washington, D.C., law firm Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, remaining until 1997. He was elected the first managing partner of the firm in 1988. Since 1998, he has been a member of the Washington office of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. At Bryan Cave, he served in various capacities, including finance and administration partner, and later, as managing partner of the Washington office. In 2010, Page was made managing partner of the firm’s London office, serving in that role until 2014.

Page’s legal practice has been primarily in litigation and arbitration. He has handled lawsuits and appellate cases in state and federal courts in more than a dozen states. His practice has included international arbitration cases and internal corporate investigations. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia Bars. Over the years, he has lectured and written on a variety of legal topics, most recently presenting on mediation practices at the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria.

In addition to legal practice, Page has taken an active role in a number of civic and other organizations. He was a member of the Fairfax County, Va., School Board from 1974 to 1980 and elected chairman of the board for four years. He has been a board member for 25 years of the Council for Court Excellence, a court reform organization in Washington with business, legal and judicial members, and served for five years as its president. He has twice been senior warden of St. John’s Episcopal Church and was a member of the Executive Board of the Diocese of Virginia for three years. He was a trustee of the George Mason University Foundation for six years.

Page lives with his wife, Deborah, in Reston, Va. He has three children and five grandchildren.

W. Bruce Lunsford, Political Science B.A. '69

2018 Hall of Fame inductee W. Bruce Lunsford was born in Northern Kentucky and arrived on the University of Kentucky campus in 1965. While at UK, he worked as an intramural advisor and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He graduated in 1969 with a B.S. in political science and a minor in accounting. After graduation, Lunsford went to work for an accounting firm in Cincinnati and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1970. He then continued to take classes at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, graduating in 1974 among the top 10 percent of his class.

Lunsford is known as an entrepreneur, businessman and thoroughbred owner who has founded and led numerous companies in Louisville, Ky., for nearly 40 years. These companies eventually employed more than 100,000 individuals nationwide and included Vencor, Inc., a Fortune 500 healthcare company that became Kindred; Ventas, Inc., a healthcare REIT listed on the NYSE; Atria Communities; and Lunsford Capital.

From 1983 to 1987, Lunsford was a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Kentucky, and from 1991 to 2017 he served as a board member for a variety of prestigious companies, including Churchill Downs, ResCare, Zirmed, and National City Corporation. He is a current member of the Boards of Directors of AeroCare, Arcadia Communities, Creative Strategies, Edumedics and the Breeders’ Cup Limited.

Throughout his career, Lunsford has had a strong interest in public service, beginning with his role in the administration of Governor John Y. Brown, Jr., as Kentucky’s Secretary of Commerce from 1981 to 1983. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Bellarmine College, Centre College, and Salmon P. Chase College of Law, as well as chairman of Kentucky Country Day School and the Kentucky Economic Development Corporation.

EES Presents: Tim Elam

UK EES alumnus Tim Elam (M.S. Geology, '81) describes how his geological training at UK prepared him for a successful career in industry and for his current role as a seasonal interpretative park ranger at Grand Canyon National Park.  

A&S Hall of Fame 2017 - Charlie Grizzle

Charles L. Grizzle (Charlie), a native of Argillite, Kentucky, in Greenup County, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1973. He spent nearly a decade in banking in Louisville, during which time he was involved in numerous political campaigns, including Deputy Chairman for the Reagan campaign in Kentucky in 1980. Following a brief stint as Executive Director of the Republican Party of Kentucky, Grizzle moved to Washington, D.C., to accept a position in the Reagan Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1988, President Reagan nominated and the U.S. Senate confirmed him to be an Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

During Grizzle’s time at the EPA, his outstanding leadership was recognized by organizations such as The Privatization Council, the International City Management Association, and the President’s Council on Management Improvement. He also was selected to attend the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

In 1993, with Richard Cantor, Grizzle founded The Grizzle Company, a federal government relations consulting firm where he represents a number of Kentucky interests in the nation’s capital as well as companies and associations on a variety of legislative and regulatory matters.

Grizzle is a past president of the Kentucky Society of Washington and of the University Club of Washington. In 1998, through the Kentucky Society, he established the Henry Clay Distinguished Kentuckian award along with the Henry Clay Internship in Public Policy. Currently, he serves on the board of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship.

In addition to being a lifetime member of the UK Alumni Association, Grizzle was the founding donor of the Arts and Sciences International Education Fund, and was recently named to the A&S Capital Campaign Committee.

Joe Sutliff Sanders - Kids' Stuff

Joe Sutliff Sanders is a professor at Kansas State University specializing in children’s literature. But according to Sanders, he found his way into children’s literature – and eventually into a job at one of the field’s leading programs – by accident.

Curiously Inclined

“Last summer I was in Budapest briefly locked in a gypsy’s apartment while she tried to extort more money from me, and had a great time…” said Joe Nickell, as if he were describing a weekend at the lake. He is a man with many interests – over 200 “personas” are listed on his personal website including folksinger, stage magician, and séance conductor.

Negating the Negative

Patience is a virtue. Just ask Ginny Carney. An alum of the English Department, Carney is now President of Leech Lake Tribal College in Minnesota. But she didn’t get there overnight.

A&S Alumni Speaker Series: Former Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry

Former Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry delivers his speech "Things I Wish I Knew in College" to a crowd of listeners at the Singletary Center for the Arts on September 28, 2011. Introduction by Dean Mark Lawrence Kornbluh

Kyle Longley

When Kyle Longley applied to doctoral programs in history, he narrowed the choice down to two schools: the University of Kentucky and one other. But a visit to Lexington and Billy’s Bar-B-Q, where he had lunch with George Herring, the professor who would become his mentor, made UK the place to go.

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