2006 Recipient - Ken Woodley
Ken Woodley, editor of The Farmville Herald, has won numerous Virginia Press Association (VPA) awards and remains the only back-to-back winner of the VPA’s D. Lathan Mims Award for Editorial Service to the Community. In 1999 he conceived Virginia’s Uninsured Medical Catastrophe Fund, which won passage by the General Assembly and is administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the only program in the country whose sole mission is to save the lives of uninsured persons diagnosed with a catastrophic illness. Woodley initiated the Brown v. Board of Education scholarships for the victims of massive resistance to integration in public schools and the Virginia General Assembly created and funded the scholarship program in 2004. The national non-profit organization, Partners For Livable Communities, presented Woodley with its Bridge Builders Award in 2005 for his role in initiating and crusading for the Brown Scholarships. This year, the Virginia Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists presented Woodley with its annual George Mason award for lasting contributions to journalism. Woodley’s volunteer work has included serving on the board of directors of the Prince Edward County United Way, the Southside Family YMCA, the R. R. Moton Museum for Civil Rights in Education, and he was president of the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce, also serving on the steering committee which created the Farmville Habitat for Humanity chapter. In 1995, he co-founded Virginia’s Heartland, a six-county economic development organization in the Farmville area. Woodley serves on the vestry of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Appomattox.
He and his wife, Kim, have two children.
“If I can help pique my students’ interest in research and scientific careers, I feel that I have done my job as a professor to promote an extended education,” Dr. Balasubramanian says.