Almost a year ago, Garvel Kindrick had his Founder’s Day speech down pat. And, who better to talk about “The Value of a Georgetown College Education” than the College’s Vice President for Enrollment – a 1985 Georgetown graduate who has worked in the Admissions area ever since.

But, President Bill Crouch had to give him a “rain check” when the Ice Storm of 2009 intervened.

Kindrick, who has had the address in his back-pocket, promises that his words at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 26) in John L. Hill Chapel will carry even greater meaning now. The public is welcome to this free event, which will also include induction of six exemplary people into the Georgetown College Hall of Fame.

“This is really an extension of the ‘Tiger Pride’ year we are having,” said Kindrick, who will elaborate on the extraordinary times for the College. “Although the main parts of the speech were written a year ago – during greater economic turmoil and uncertainty – the same message is valid today.”

The Kindricks have two daughters in the Scott County School System – Jessica (13), an eighth-grader at Scott Middle, and Kirsten (9), a fourth-grader at Garth Elementary. Be assured that both Kindricks are always thinking about future college choices for the two girls.

“Someone asked me recently,” an intrigued Garvel Kindrick said, “If my girls were of college age today what would be the main issues I’d be looking at?” The man who has spent his entire career researching and leading Admissions and Enrollment at the alma mater he loves urges parents in central Kentucky to attend Tuesday and hear his answers.

Garvel Kindrick, who was an American Studies major/Biology minor at Georgetown, has been Vice President Enrollment for the past nine years. What only close friends – and the College’s board of trustees – know is that he used to be able to ride a unicycle and he can still juggle. He’s also a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

He’s also a big fan of spreadsheets. “I have the Kroger layout in a spreadsheet to make my shopping more efficient,” he admitted. His wife, Kimberley Stone Kindrick, Georgetown class of ’87, is retired from the Kentucky Retirement Systems where she supervised ITS programmers.

This year’s Founder’s Day audience will learn even more about the importance of the Georgetown College tradition when the Hall of Fame inductees are introduced. (Read more on each inductee by following the links in blue.)

Having a couple inducted into the Georgetown College Hall of Fame is not unheard of – but, to have that honor go to two couples who continue their Baptist work and who continue to mean so much to their alma mater is extraordinary. They are Horace and Maribeth Hambrick of Georgetown, both Class of ’49, and Bill and Ann Marshall of Louisville, both class of ’57; the four are also friends whose work has intersected.

Horace Hambrick’s many contributions include having taught History at the College for 46 years and serving as department chair for 26; he also chaired the faculty and represented them on the Board of Trustees for eight years. Maribeth Hambrick served as a College trustee for two terms and president of the Georgetown College Woman’s Association for four terms; in ’71, she received the Outstanding Scott County Woman Award. Both served Georgetown Baptist Church as deacons and the Kentucky Baptist Convention as members of the Executive Board.

After graduation, the Marshall served for seven years with other missionaries sharing the Gospel message throughout the Middle East. They later returned to the U.S. to serve in the administration of the Foreign Mission Board of The Southern Baptist Convention. In 1983, they returned to Kentucky where he would become executive secretary-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. In 1996, Bill and Alice retired, while at the same time agreeing to serve as co-directors of the Marshall Center for Christian Ministry at their alma mater.

Two very significant individuals from the “Georgetown College family” will be inducted posthumously: W. Wayne Johnson (1923-1999) and Judge Ronald E. Meredith (1946-1994).

Professor Johnson, a Navy veteran of World War II, was a member of the Music faculty for 35 years and probably best known for directing the highly honored A Cappella Choir from 1971 – the year he was named Chair of the Music Department – to 1983.

Professor Johnson’s devotion to the College is evidenced by the establishment of the Johnson-Shrout Memorial Fund begun by him and his wife, Carolyn, several years ago. (Carolyn Johnson is a close friend of and next door neighbor to the Hambricks.)

Judge Meredith came to Georgetown College on a basketball scholarship, but distinguished himself further off the court as a campus leader. He was elected president of the student government organization, the Men’s Honor Society, and his Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. As a senior, he was chosen Georgetown’s Most Outstanding Man and Most Likely to Succeed and was nominated for a Rhodes Scholarship.

After college, he served as state campaign chairman for Louie Nunn’s gubernatorial run in 1977. Meredith was named U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky in ’81, and four years later, was appointed Judge for the same district by President Ronald Reagan.

Meredith also served as a trustee at Georgetown College and at Southern Baptist Seminary. The Ronald E. Meredith Leadership Scholarship is awarded each year in his memory.

Jim Durham, News Bureau Director