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TECH selects Carl Hurley as 2008 distinguished alum

l-r: Carl Hurley and Keith Stephens

EKU's Department of Technology is pleased to announce that Dr. Carl Hurley has been selected as their departmental distinguished alum for 2008.

Dr. Hurley was honored during a presentation on Friday, April 4, 2008, at the annual College of Business and Technology Professional Skills Conference senior recognition luncheon.

The honor is reserved for special alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professions through excellence, dedication, and service.

Dr. Hurley received his Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education in 1965 and Master of Arts in Education in 1966.  He was awarded his doctorate in education in 1971 from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Dr. Hurley came from a family of “talkers,” and the idea of making people laugh was a fascinating but far-flung idea for him.  Little did he realize that a career in higher education would eventually lead to a career in speaking and entertaining.  The idea began to germinate at age eight when his dad bought the family its first radio and set it to WSM in Nashville.  Every Saturday night young Carl listened to the Grand Ole Opry, and his world opened up.

In elementary school, he was active in school plays and speech contests and fondly recalls that the only award he ever won as a youngster was in a contest for would-be radio announcers.  After graduating from high school, he headed to EKU and enrolled in summer session.  To help meet expenses, he worked on the school’s dairy farm seven days a week beginning at four o’clock every morning.

He has performed for national audiences, is a recording artist with 12 comedy albums and nine videos, and is the author of “We Weren’t Poor – We Just Didn’t Have Any Money.”  As demonstrated by his keynote earlier in the morning, Dr. Hurley has indeed distinguished himself not only in the field of education but most assuredly as an entertainer and “America’s Funniest Professor.” Dr. Hurley was inducted into the EKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 1985.

Congratulations on being selected as the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus representing the Department of Technology.

The college also honored distinguished seniors for the year as selected by their respective departments within the College of Business and Technology. Mr. Keith B. Stephens was selected as the TECH departmental distinguished senior. In addition, recipients of scholarships and awards for the 2007-08 academic year were recognized. Students were honored for outstanding achievement and more than 40 area employers were on hand to engage in networking activities with college graduating seniors.

Published on April 04, 2008

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