Kentucky Wesleyan College to Host Black History Month Celebration

Owensboro, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2014) -  Kentucky Wesleyan College will celebrate Black History Month on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. with a public event in Rogers Hall featuring speaker Michele Tolbert, whose topic is “Affirming the American Promise.” Members of the Kentucky Wesleyan Singers will provide music.


Tolbert is director of human resources at the Warren County Board of Education and holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and psychology from Western Kentucky University.


She is a veteran of the Gulf War, serving in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She was the first female master sergeant in the 118th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and was later commissioned as an officer. She retired in 2003 with the rank of major after 20 years of service with the Tennessee Air National Guard. Tolbert began employment with the City of Bowling Green in 1995 and was promoted to the position of human resources director in 2002 as the first minority department head for the city. She is an adjunct professor in the Political Science Department at Western Kentucky University, and she recently completed a two-year term as a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way for Southern Kentucky.


In addition to several military awards and commendations, Tolbert has received the “2012 Distinguished Public Service Practitioner” Award from both the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration and the Southeastern Conference of Public Administration.


The public is invited to attend the event. For further information, contact Kathy Rutherman at the College at 270-852-3143 or

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