Congratulations to April Barnes of Eastern Kentucky University for being honored with the KAHO Unbridled Spirit Award at the 2017 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.
From the award nomination:
I have known April now for approximately 8 years. She is one of the most dedicated and competent professionals I know. Her tireless work ethic is only surpassed by her love for students. She has excelled in numerous positions at EKU for the last 8 years in spite of countless organizational changes. She is loved and admired by staff that report to her and is seen as a role model, an amazing professional, and a great leader, all while balancing her duties as a mom to 3 beautiful children. She has recently added “doctoral student” to her list of activities and I’m sure will be as successful with that as she is with everything else. She has unbridled spirit for all that she does professionally but also an unbridled spirit for life itself. She would be a deserving recipient of this award. Thanks for considering her!