James Klotter Honored as Outstanding Alumnus at U. of KY

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James Klotter, University of Kentucky alumnus and Kentucky State Historian, was honored Sept. 29 with the Outstanding Alumnus of Kentucky (OAK) Award. The recognition took place at a luncheon during the 2008 Governor’s Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship in Lexington.

Following the keynote address by Governor Steve Beshear, the OAK and Acorn Awards were presented by Secretary of State Trey Grayson. The awards are sponsored by the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of postsecondary education in Kentucky.

The OAK Awards were inaugurated in 1987 to recognize outstanding alumni of Kentucky colleges and universities. Recipients of the OAK award hold an undergraduate degree from a public or independent Kentucky college or university, have achieved national stature and reputation in their chosen career and have exhibited a lifelong affection for, and attachment to, their alma mater and to Kentucky.

This year’s OAK winners are:
Harry B. Gray – Western Kentucky University
James C. Klotter – University of Kentucky
Johny B. Russell – Murray State University

Klotter is a professor of history at Georgetown College. A Lexington resident, Klotter has published more than 18 scholarly historical works about Kentucky history, including the award-winning textbook, "Faces of Kentucky," now studied by Kentucky fourth graders. His most recent work, "A Concise History of Kentucky," is acclaimed for making history accessible to adults as well. Klotter teaches all over the state and nation as a guest lecturer and has given over 700 public talks ranging from national professional groups such as the American Historical Association, to state groups such as Leadership Kentucky.

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