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Dr. Hilda Legg to give Heritage Day chapel address

By Simon Baker, student news writer
Office of University Communications

Dr. Hilda Legg, a Campbellsville College alum and native of Adair County who has served under four U.S. Presidents, will be speaking at Campbellsville University's Heritage Day chapel at 10amET/9amCT, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023 in Ransdell Chapel, 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville, Ky.

Legg has served under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump. She has over 40 years of experience in rural economic development, including as administrator of the Rural Utilities Service and as alternate federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

She was most recently the Kentucky State Director for Rural Development in the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the Trump administration.

She's served in the U.S. Department of Education.

Legg has served as CEO and executive director of the Center for Rural Development in Somerset and field representative for United States Senator Mitch McConnell.

She has also served on two United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) committees, focusing on combating the opioid crisis and on spreading broadband throughout the country.

Today, she is a consultant at Legg Strategies on rural economic development.

Jamie Lawrence, executive director of ministry and church outreach, said, "Hilda is an amazing person of influence as she has served our country under four presidents. She will be speaking about the impact Campbellsville University has had on her life and career. She is a part of our heritage, and we look forward to having her in chapel."

After graduating in 1974 from then-Campbellsville College, Legg received her master's degree in education from Western Kentucky University followed by completion of the Senior Executive Program at Harvard University.

At Campbellsville University, Heritage Day is an annual event, focused on reflecting on where the school's traditions come from, people who have come before and looking ahead by preserving the legacy of Campbellsville University for generations to come.

"We want to celebrate those who have served, given to and learned from this institution. Anyone who has been part of campus is a part of the CU story," Lawrence said. "Heritage Day is most important as we look back at the names and works of those who helped to build this amazing university.

"Our prayer is that it inspires others to continue to be a part of this amazing story."

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with an enrollment of nearly 12,000 students. The university offers over 100 programs of study including doctoral, masters, bachelors, associate and certification programs. The website for complete information is

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CU Trustee Dr. Hilda Legg to speak at chapel service

2023-09-13 - Central Kentucky .

Hilda Legg grew up and began her education in Adair County. After graduating from then-Campbellsville College in 1974, she received her master's degree in education from Western Kentucky University.

She completed the Senior Executive Program at Harvard University.

In her 40-year career, she has served under four U.S. Presidents. Today, she is a consultant at Legg Strategies on rural economic development.

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