ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 27, 2005) -- Paul E. Bibbins, Jr., dean of the Eastern Campus of Ohio University, was commissioned to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels by the Honorable Ernie Fletcher, governor of Kentucky.
Kentucky Colonel is the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Kentucky Colonels are ambassadors of good will and fellowship around the world. Commissions as Kentucky Colonels are presented for contributions to the community, state or nation, and for special achievements of all kinds.
"Being commissioned to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is a great honor bestowed upon me by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Kentucky State University," said Bibbins. "I am honored to have been named a Kentucky Colonel and to share this honor with other prominent recipients. Even though I am now an Ohio University Bobcat, there will always be a special place in my heart for Kentucky State University."
Prior to his current position, Bibbins spent 16 years at Kentucky State University. He began employment in 1988 as an assistant professor of biology in the Division of Mathematics and Sciences. He served as a full-time faculty member for six years and during that time he was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Bibbins became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1994 and provided leadership as dean for the next five years. It was during this time, he was promoted to professor of biology. While serving as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, he also took on the responsibility of serving as interim president of Kentucky State University. During his tenure, Bibbins is credited with fostering an atmosphere of trust, unity and congeniality. He played a key role in the development of the master of science in Aquaculture degree program at Kentucky State University.
Bibbins was the 1992 recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Extra Mile Award. In 1996, 2004 and 2005, he was recognized in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. He was the 1998 recipient of the Counseling and Placement Faculty Award. He has published several scholarly manuscripts and abstracts.
He was a member of the Management Development Program (MDP) Class of 2000 at Harvard University and he attended this program as a Leadership Development Initiatives (LDI) Scholar. He was awarded one of three scholarships in a class of 120 to attend MDP. After completing MDP, he served on the LDI Advisory Board to encourage more African-Americans to participate in the program. He was recognized in the Lexington (New York) "Who's Who Empowering Executives and Professionals" for 2000.
He was a participant in the 2002 Executive Leadership Summit - Passing the Torch sponsored by Hampton University. He is a member of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society; and a past member of American Society of Clinical Pathologists, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Kentucky African-American Heritage Commission, Kentucky Association for Progress in Science, and Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education.
Bibbins, the developer of the Kentucky State University Summer Youth Health Program, received the First Place Award, the Creative and the Innovative Program Award for the Most Outstanding Non-Credit Program at the 40th Annual Conference of the North American Association of Summer Sessions, Mesa, Ariz., Nov. 16-19, 2003.
He spearheaded the signing of an Agreement of Partnership with Central High Magnet Career Academy in Louisville, Ky. The goal of this agreement was to advance Central High Magnet Career Academy's students in their preparation for their postsecondary education and for their careers. This agreement was the first such partnership signed by Kentucky State University and an area high school.
Bibbins was appointed a reviewer of the Cabinet for Health Service Institutional Review Board. He was also appointed to serve on the Education Advisory Committee at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, Ky. He was an active supporter of the Clothe-A-Child initiative and Habitat for Humanity.
Gov. Ruby Laffoon founded The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels in 1932. A list of Kentucky Colonels is a who's who of outstanding men and women around the world. The certificate, signed by the governor and the secretary of state and bearing the Great Seal of Kentucky, has hung on the walls of such distinguished leaders as President Lyndon B. Johnson and the English Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. John Glenn, America's first man in space, was commissioned while orbiting the Earth on his historic mission.
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