Released: June 10, 1999
Centre College elects three new trustees
DANVILLE, KY -- Three persons recently were elected as new members of the Centre College board of trustees, including Harrodsburg native Peggy Purdom Patterson, a magistrate judge with the U.S. District Court in Ashland. The other two new members are G. Watts Humphrey, chairman of The Blood Horse publishing company and owner of Shawnee Farm in Harrodsburg, and Mark E. Nunnelly, a Covington native who is a managing director of Bain Capital based in Boston.
Patterson earned a bachelor's degree from Centre in 1972, where she served as class president. She graduated from the University of Kentucky law school with academic honors and served as a law clerk before going into private legal practice.
Patterson practiced law in Ashland from 1978-90, becoming a partner in the firm of Ogden, Sturgill & Welch. When she was named to the U.S. District Court in 1990, she became the first woman appointed to a federal judgeship in Kentucky. Active in state and national bar associations, she currently chairs a national training program in civil litigation for the Magistrate Judges National Education Committee.
Humphrey is a veteran executive in the steel industry and currently serves as chief executive officer of the Conair Group, Inc., based in Pittsburgh. He was president of National Steel before launching a series of new steel partnerships in the 1980s. Humphrey holds executive posts with GWH Holdings, Inc., and steel specialty firms including Metaltech, Nextech and Galvtech.
A leader in the Thoroughbred industry, he serves on the board of Churchill Downs. His wife, Sally Schriber Humphrey, owned and bred Virtuous, who foaled Kentucky Derby-winner Genuine Risk. Humphrey holds a bachelor's degree from Yale and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Nunnelly earned a bachelor's degree from Centre in 1980 and completed an M.B.A. at Harvard. He was associated with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati before joining Bain in 1989. The firm is one of the nation's leading private equity investment firms with portfolio revenue in excess of $10 billion. Nunnelly specializes in dealing with information technology companies.
Active in civic and community affairs, Nunnelly was instrumental in organizing a youth service corps in Boston called "City Year." Focused in at-risk high school students, the program has been copied in eight other major cities.
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