New Director of Appalachian Center Named

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Founded in 1977, the Appalachian Center facilitates research, teaching, community-based civic projects, arts programming and other initiatives that help promote understanding of Appalachian society, history and culture.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2005) -- A University of Kentucky professor and researcher who is studying health issues in Appalachia has been named the new director of the UK Appalachian Center.

Evelyn A. Knight, Ph.D, is an associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior in the UK College of Public Health.

Knight’s appointment was announced today by UK Executive Vice President for Research Wendy Baldwin, and will be presented to the UK Board of Trustees in May.

“Evelyn Knight represented the ideal candidate for the evolving and important mission of the Appalachian Center, that of bringing hands-on experience and expertise in research,service and teaching to the challenges and opportunities confronting the Appalachian region,” Baldwin said. “I'm confident that Evelyn will take the already outstanding work and research conducted at the center to an even higher level.”

“My academic and personal interests intersect with many disciplines,” Knight said, “and I am delighted to have the opportunity to further the broad, multidisciplinary work of the center in support of the overall quality of life in our Appalachian communities.”

Founded in 1977, the Appalachian Center facilitates research, teaching, community-based civic projects, arts programming and other initiatives that help promote understanding of Appalachian society, history and culture.

The center will strive to work collaboratively with all our constituencies, both inside the University and in communities across the region, to foster creative synergy for discovery and problem solving,” Knight said.

Knight, who has been at UK since 2002, has a deep history in Appalachian issues, particularly community health care and education. She previously taught in the College of Public and Allied Health at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. She also has taught at East Carolina University and the University of Virginia.

From 2000 to 2002, she was coordinator of planning and program development for Appalshop in Whitesburg, Ky. Appalshop is a non-profit media and arts center that is known internationally for its documentary film work on issues in Appalachia.

From 1996 to 1999, Knight served as a director for health promotion/disease prevention at the UK Center for Rural Health in Hazard, Ky. She has been involved in or led funded research projects for the Appalachian Cancer Network, and other programs addressing health needs of Kentuckians.

Knight received her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and her master’s degree in area studies from the American University in Washington, D.C. Knight received her doctorate in health education from the University of Maryland.


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