Futures Forum

The Future of SOAR

Will focus on long-term strategies to improve the region. Members of this group will work with the executive committee and work groups to translate immediate and ongoing efforts into future strategies.

Paul Patton

Paul Patton, Chancellor University of Pikeville and former Governor

The Futures Forum, to be chaired by University of Pikeville Chanellor and former Governor Paul Patton, will focus on long-term strategies to improve the region. Members of this group will work with the executive committee and work groups to translate immediate and ongoing efforts into future strategies. The Futures Forum will also develop a SOAR 2025 Vision to be presented to the region in a spring 2015 SOAR Futures Forum. The ‘Futures Forum’ will be a central component of future efforts to improve the region.

Paul Patton

Futures Forum

  • Governor Paul Patton, chair, Chancellor, University of Pikeville, Pikeville
  • Dr. Wayne Andrews, President, Morehead State University, Morehead
  • Dr. Michael Benson, President, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond
  • Ron Daley, Director, External Education Programs, Hazard Community and Technical College, Hazard
  • Dr. James Hurley, President, University of Pikeville, Pikeville
  • Hilda Legg, Consultant, Wiley Rein, Somerset
  • Wayne Martin, Retired President and General Manager, WYMT TV, Winchester
  • Peter Hille, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, Berea
  • Walter May, President and CEO, Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville
  • Lynn Parrish, President, Marwood Land Company, Pikeville
  • Scotty Reams, Rogers Scholar, London
  • Al Smith, Retired rural newspaper Publisher and Founding Producer and Host of KET’s “Comment on Kentucky”, Lexington
  • Audrey Sniezek, Microsoft program manager and Professional rock climber, Redmond, WA and Las Vegas, NV
  • Bob Stewart, Secretary, Tourism Arts & Heritage Cabinet, Frankfort
  • Dr. Aaron Thompson, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Council on Postsecondary Education, Frankfort

Futures Forum

The Futures Forum, to be chaired by University of Pikeville Chanellor and former Governor Paul Patton, will focus on long-term strategies to improve the region. Members of this group will work with the executive committee and work groups to translate immediate and ongoing efforts into future strategies. The Futures Forum will also develop a SOAR 2025 Vision to be presented to the region in a spring 2015 SOAR Futures Forum. The ‘Futures Forum’ will be a central component of future efforts to improve the region.