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Georgetown College Board of Trustees Elects Four New Members

Submitted on February 18, 2024

The Board of Trustees for Georgetown College has elected four new members to begin their terms in 2024. New members include Mark D. Birdwhistell ’77, Bob Yates ’86, Dr. John Blackburn, and Dr. Horace Hambrick. Board Chair Michelle Pedigo ’90 and Vice Chair Guthrie True ’81 will continue in their leadership roles through the end of 2024.

“We are honored to add four very talented members to the Georgetown College Board of Trustees,” said Board Chair Michelle Pedigo. “They will augment the diversity of skill sets we already have with our talented and committed Board.”

  • Mark D. Birdwhistell ’77 received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown College and Master of Public Administration from the University of Kentucky. He has over 45 years of experience in healthcare with specific expertise in Medicaid policy and has served in senior leadership roles in both the private and public sectors. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for University of Kentucky HealthCare. Birdwhistell lives in Richmond, Kentucky.
  • Bob Yates ’86 received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Georgetown College. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Managing Partner for Thurman Campbell Group, PLC. While at Georgetown, he was a member of the football team and Kappa Alpha Order. He is very active in the community, serving as President of the Downtown Kiwanis Club, President of the Clarksville Country Club, and Chairman of the Natural Gas Acquisition Corporation and Audit Committee for the City of Clarksville. Yates resides in Clarksville, Tennessee.
  • Dr. John Blackburn is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and taught at Georgetown College for nearly 40 years. During his tenure at GC, he served as Department Chair, as advisor to various student organizations, and as Faculty Athletic Representative to the NAIA for over 25 years. He is returning to the Board of Trustees after serving two previous terms. He lives in Georgetown. 
  • Dr. Horace P. Hambrick returns to the Board of Trustees after serving two previous terms. The Hambrick family has deep Georgetown College roots, with many family members serving in significant roles throughout the College’s history. Dr. Hambrick completed his undergraduate degree at Hanover College and is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He has practiced pediatrics for 42 years, and founded Georgetown Pediatrics in 1986. He lives in Georgetown.

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