1985 Recipient - Mr. Lyman V. Ginger
Executive Director, Cardinal Hill Hospital
Lyman V. Ginger was born in Ballard County, Ky., on June 21, 1907. Educator. University of Kentucky. M.A., 1942; Ed.D., 1950. He served in education for more than four decades, as teacher and administrator. Elected Superintendent of Instruction for Kentucky in 1971, he served until January 6, 1976. He also headed the Education and Arts Cabinet, and was named Cabinet Secretary in the fall of 1973 by Governor Ford, following reorganization of state government. Included in the program cabinet were the Department of Education, Department of Library and Archives, Kentucky Educational Television, Arts Commission, Heritage Commission, and the Kentucky Historical Society.
He served two terms as President of the Kentucky Education Association, presiding during the development of the Minimum Foundation Program and taking an active role in the development of the Foundation Program Law in its original form. He was the only Kentuckian to hold office as President of the National Education Association, and he served three terms as Treasurer of the NEA.
He was a delegate to the International Conferences on Education held in Washington, D. C; Frankfurt, Germany; Rome, Italy, and Vancouver, British Columbia. In 1967, he was one of two representatives from the U.S. to the Third Asian Leadership Training Seminar, held in Singapore, and in 1968, he was secretary to the U.S. delegation to the World Confederation of Organizations of the Teaching Profession, held in Dublin, Ireland.
He was appointed by Secretary of State Dean Rusk to serve a two-year term on the Education Committee of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, and was re-appointed to an additional two-year term. He attended Barrett High School, Henderson, earned an A.B. degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College (1929), and both M.A. and Ed.D. degrees from UK.
A teacher of science and of athletics at Winchester High School for ten years, he then served for three years as principal of Owingsville Consolidated School. When he accepted positions as principal and science teacher at University School in 1943, he began a 28-year tenure with the University. During his first two years with UK, he was Acting Director of the school for all twelve grades and was Chairman of the Division of Instruction in the College of Education.
Until 1954, he had served the University as Director of Student Teaching with responsibility for both elementary and secondary programs. In that year he became Director of Adult and Extension Education. He became Dean of the College of Education in 1956, serving until 1967, when he was named Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Certification.
He has served as both administrator and educator in a number of other institutions, including Lock Haven State Teachers College (Pennsylvania), and the American School Foundation, Mexico City.
Active in civic affairs, he has been a member of many professional and honorary organizations: Phi Delta Kappa; Kappa Delta Pi; Pi Kappa Delta, and Omicron Delta Kappa. He has served the YMCA, March of Dimes, United Community Fund, Central Baptist Hospital Fund, Junior Achievement, the UK Athletic Board, National High School Football Rules Committee, and has been a board member of Cardinal Hill Hospital in Lexington. He has been much sought after as a speaker and lecturer and has addressed more than 500 different educational groups in almost every state and in five foreign countries.
He has been an Elder, teacher of the young couples class, and former Sunday School Superintendent of the Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, Lexington. He has been a Mason and a Shriner, and was President of the Lexington Kiwanis Club.
He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Kentucky Wesleyan College. Lyman Vernon Ginger was named to the Hall of Distinguished Alumni on April 7, 1975.
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