Centre Young Associate of the Year 2013
ROB KING III
In choosing a person to recognize as Young Associate of the Year, we look for someone who has all of the characteristics and traits of an Associate of the Year but is younger, having graduated from Centre within the past ten years. This means that the honoree will have already compiled an impressive record of professional achievement, civic engagement, and service to Centre. This year's honoree, Rob King III, may well define the category.
As is often the case with the individuals who receive this recognition, Rob began building an impressive record of achievement and service while still a student. In his senior year at Centre, Rob was chosen to receive the 2004 Paula Crumbie Memorial Prize, which is awarded to a student who exhibits excellence of character, leadership, and academic achievement. A resident assistant and member of the RA advisory board, Rob was named RA of the Year in 2004 by the Kentucky Association of Housing Officers. An athlete, he lettered in both track and field and basketball, and was recognized on several occasions by the SCAC for his performance on the hardwood. Popular with his peers, Rob was elected Homecoming King in 2003.
An economics major at Centre, Rob has been a Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative for more than eight years, having begun his work with the company soon after graduating in 2004 and returning to his hometown of Louisville.
Rob's service to the community has been so exemplary that he recently was named by NFocus Magazine as one of Louisville's 2012 New Faces of Philanthropy. He has played various roles with the Fund for the Arts, including chairing NeXT!, a prestigious young-professional leadership program and serving as an executive committee member and co-founder of the "35 under 35" leadership campaign. In addition, he has served on the Scout Reach Board of the Boy Scouts of America and, for six years, was junior varsity basketball coach for Kentucky Country Day School. His outstanding work with The Louisville Ballet, where he is a member of the board of directors and currently serves as treasurer, is the particular role that attracted the notice of NFocus Magazine. Having first served as a student member of the board of directors of the Centre College Alumni Association, Rob has since served a term as an alumnus.
In a statement that rings true of all who know him, NFocus declared that, "Rob King's charisma is palpable." The magazine might also have said that both his energy and his commitment to the common good are boundless. In grateful recognition of his record of professional achievement, civic engagement, and service to Centre, we are pleased to recognize Rob King III as Young Centre Associate of the Year for 2013.