L-R: Kathleen Johnson, Anthony Rupard, Lori Matthews

Three valued members of the Georgetown College family are beginning to take on exciting new roles in the Office of Development and hopefully alumni and friends of the college will have contact with some or all of them in the near future. All will be in place by August 1 if not sooner.

Roy Lowdenback ’05, Associate Vice President and Chief Development Officer, recently announced the following moves that both recognizes some wonderful talent and rewards three staffers who have been standouts in other areas here: Anthony Rupard, Lori Matthews and Kathleen Johnson. All three have a great knowledge of what’s special about GC and what they can do to help make it even better.

Anthony Rupard – as Director of Development he will handle day-to-day operations of the office, thus freeing Lowdenback to be on-the-road more. Rupard will also manage a major gift portfolio.

A real leader, he comes to this post with the rare combination of experience in both Student Life and Academics.  He has served as Associate Dean & Director of Institutional Effectiveness in the Provost’s office since December 2009. Before that, he was Associate Dean of Students after joining GC in 2004 as Director of Residence Life & Service Learning.

His wife, Natalie, served as the Assistant Director for Academic Enhancement, 2005-2008, and was the annual editor for the GC College Catalog for several years up through 2010-2011.  They are the parents of

Anna Mae, 4, and Owen, 20 months.

The creation of Rupard’s position and that of a new Development Officer comes as Scott Fitzpatrick ’87 leaves us as GC’s Major Gift Officer for an exciting opportunity as Chief Advancement Officer for the University of Kentucky’s College of Dentistry.

Lori Matthews – as Development Officer, she has retail and consumer service skills that will be readily apparent. Many will recognize her from The Store, where she’s been the Purchasing and Operations Manager since 2009. Before coming to GC she was with Dillard’s in Lexington, Knoxville, Nashville, and the Tennessee capital’s Barnes & Noble Booksellers next door to the Grand Ole Opry.

Lori’s husband Kenyon is the Under-16 club coach in Scott County’s Adena soccer league and is the Volunteer Assistant Women’s soccer coach for Georgetown College. Together they own the Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza location in Lexington; and they are the parents of two girls.

Kathleen Johnson – as Stewardship Coordinator, she will oversee scholarships in a variety of very personal ways – including connecting scholars with the scholarship donors. She’ll also be involved in parent and alumni relations. The post was a natural for Kathleen, who has been the warm, friendly face people have seen the past four years as they entered Giddings Hall.

A Georgetown native, she is married to Bryan Johnson, a Powertrain Team Member at Toyota and for the past eight years Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach for the Lady Tigers. They are parents of May graduate Rachel, a proficient base-stealing center-fielder and all Mid-South Conference all four years, and Mallory, a rising junior and all-MSC second baseman who set the single-season home run record with nine round-trippers.

Kathleen – the former “Chief Welcoming Officer” – began her new assignment last week after training the new Development Assistant.

Rachel Cook Glover – as Development Assistant, she will be the first person to greet the

Rachel and Adam Glover

public in Giddings. She comes to us from Green’s Toyota in Lexington where she has excelled in customer relations, and before that enjoyed a variety of positions whereby she had considerable interaction with the public, including a stint as a ranger at Mammoth Cave National Park.

Rachel, an alumna of Western Kentucky University, married Adam Glover ’07 on June 23. He is a Spanish professor who will begin teaching in GC’s new Inmersion en Espanol program this fall. Although they weren’t childhood sweethearts, they have known each other since about age 11 in their hometown of Glasgow, KY.