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CU presents Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards

2012 Awards go to Campbellsville businessman Dr. Larry D. Noe and Jordan Cornett, a Campbellsville University senior from Lexington, KY
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By Joan C. McKinney
News from Campbellsville University

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY - For the 10th year in a row, Campbellsville University has awarded the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award with Campbellsville resident Dr. Larry D. Noe as the community recipient and Jordan Cornett, a senior from Lexington, as the student recipient of the award.


"Sullivan was a lawyer, devout Christian, mediator, powerful and appealing orator, a courageous citizen during perilous times, a noted philanthropist and a devoted family man," Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, said at CU's graduate commencement where Noe received the award. Cornett received her award at the undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Dr. Larry Noe

"Dr. Larry Noe is a very worthy recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in recognition of a community member who has demonstrated Christian servant leadership and who has displayed the characteristics and qualities of Mr. Sullivan for whom the award is named," Carter said.

Born and raised in Taylor County, he and his wife, Beverly, are the parents of Ashley Noe Meister, who is married to Dr. David Meister, and are active members of Campbellsville Baptist Church where Noe has served in numerous leadership positions - as a deacon, Sunday School director, chair of Arise and Build Stewardship Program, chair of pastor search committee and in other roles.

He is the son of the late James Lawrence and Louise Bass Noe of Taylor County where Noe was born and reared.

Noe is a 1967 graduate of Taylor County High School, attended Campbellsville University in 1967 to 1969, graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1972 with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics and graduated in 1975 from Samford University Cumberland College of Law with a doctor of jurisprudence degree.

He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, having spent more than two decades in private law practice, and served as Taylor County attorney from 1978 to 1993.

Noe started in the commercial and real estate business in 1987 and is now involved in the following businesses: Deer Creek Developers LLC; Larry D. Noe Properties LLC; LDN Northland and CCNR Properties, LLC - which own and manage a number of commercial properties in several states.

He also is shareholder and president of Saver Group Inc., which owns 47 Save-A-Lot retail stores in five states. The Saver organization started in 1987 and is the second largest group of Save-A-Lots in America.

Noe has served as a member of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees since 1993 and has served as the chair of the board as well as having served as chair of the following board committees: presidential search committee which selected and recommended Dr. Michael V. Carter as president; building and grounds committee; finance committee and finance chairman of the president's home committee.

Noe is a member of the Samford University Cumberland Law School's Dean's Advisory Board. In 2004, he received an honorary doctorate of law degree from Campbellsville University.

In his spare time, Noe enjoys reading and walking.

Jordan Cornett

"Jordan is one of the most exceptional young ladies I have had the pleasure of coaching," Shannon Wathen, Campbellsville University softball coach, said. "She exemplifies what it truly means to be a student/athletes and more important a servant leader.

"I have been blessed to have coached her and am a better person for having had the opportunity."

President Carter said, "That is certainly a fitting tribute to Jordan and what she stands for as a graduating senior."

Cornett graduated with a bachelor of science degree with a major in mass communication and public relations and a minor in international studies. She had a 3.93 grade point average and graduated summa cum laude.

Cornett has received much recognition during her time at Campbellsville University. She received the Baptist Leadership Scholarship Award, an academic scholarship and a softball scholarship.

In 2011 as a junior, she was selected to receive the Barney II and Moore Foundation Servant Leadership Award. She also received this year's Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award and the Public Relations Academic Award.

Cornett has been a strong academic achiever as shown by her GPA, being named a Scholar Athlete for 2011 by the National Christian College Athletic Association and being on the President's List during her time at CU.

She was Academic All Conference in 2010 and 2011 and was named a 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete and won the softball Champions of Character Award.

She has served as president of Lambda Pi Eta, FIRST CLASS mentor, coordinator of the Crazy Love Bible study that has involved hundreds of CU students across the campus over the past couple of years, volunteer at Grandview Nursing Home and volunteer with the Campbellsville Baptist Church youth group.

She also is a member of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Cornett has a heart for missions as evidenced by a week-long mission trip to the Dominican Republic in summer 2009, two-month mission trip to Haiti in the summer 2010 and a two month mission trip to Nicaragua in summer 2011.

She is the daughter of Robert and Betty Cornett of Lexington, KY.

According to information about Sullivan, in 1890, three years after his death, a memorial committee was formed with former President Grover Cleveland among the group's members.

The Sullivan Award

The members charged themselves with keeping alive the attributes demonstrated by Sullivan. The original group passed along the task to the New York Southern Society, which later passed on the torch of remembering Sullivan's ideals to the Sullivan Foundation formed in 1934. - Joan C. McKinney.


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Dr. Larry Noe receives Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award



2012-05-22 - Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Joan C. McKinney, CU. Dr. Larry Noe, second from left, receives the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at the graduate commencement from Dr. Frank Cheatham,vice president for academic affairs, left; Dr. Michael V. Carter, CU president; and Dr. Joe Owens, chair of the CU Board of Trustees.
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