KAHO Unbridled Spirit Award Recipient

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Photo courtesy of Katie Corbin (Western Kentucky University)

Congratulations to Kit Tolbert of Western Kentucky University for being honored with the KAHO Unbridled Spirit Award at the 2016 KAHO Annual Conference. The KAHO Unbridled Spirit Awarded is presented to any individual who has demonstrated significant and lasting contribution and service to their institution while embodying an unbridled spirit in service for the betterment of their institution, state, region, or the professional in general. Recipients demonstrate a record of service as a positive change-agent in service to their students, colleagues, and peers.

Statement of support to receive the award:

The lasting impact she has had on the many staff members starting their career at WKU can be seen and felt throughout the field as evidence by the alumni that have gone on to positions within WKU and other institutions. As one colleague said standing in front of our Division of Student Affairs, “if the nominee left the institution today, to start her own university, there would be so many former and current staff members who would jump at the chance to follow and work for her.” That is the kind of leader she is, where others naturally want to follow her, and want to earn her utmost trust and respect as she motivates us all to do the right thing and do our jobs well.

Her leadership style is simple – lead by example, always get the job done, do the tasks no-one wants to do, and step-up, don’t wait for others. The wealth of knowledge and leadership that she takes with her as she retires at the end of the fall semester cannot be replaced. I’m honored to sit in her office (#20 for those of you who know that’s an important #), but I will miss her friendship, advice, and the encouragement she has always given to me as a professional. She is truly an example of the KAHO Unbridled Spirit Award, and I’m honored to nominate her for the recognition (even though I know she’ll hate it!).

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