Beth Paxton Klein, a Centre College parent with almost 20 years of banking experience, was installed as a new trustee at the October board meeting.
Klein has served the past six years on the Centre parents committee and looks forward to extending her relationship with the College as a trustee.
“I genuinely love that there are so many opportunities for students to pursue their academics while participating in activities that interest them,” she says. “Both my children were able to play sports, study abroad and participate in Greek life and philanthropic opportunities.”
Her daughter, Chelsea Klein ’14, was a first-team field hockey All-American and is now in vet school at Auburn. Her son, Casey Klein ’18, is an economics major who plays on the baseball team and is spending the fall term in Strasbourg with the Centre program in France.
As the senior vice president in charge of Bank of Louisville’s charitable foundation, Beth Klein helped with the disbursement of the foundation’s assets after the Bank of Louisville was sold in 2002.
“In a single day, we distributed millions of dollars to local charitable organizations in the Louisville community,” she recalls. “It was not only thrilling to be a part of such a huge event, but seeing and understanding the needs in the community has had a profound effect on me and my desire to help others.”
Currently, she is an officer and administrator of the Klein Family Foundation and has served on a number of boards, including the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, American Red Cross and the Jewish Hospital Foundation. She is past board president of the Louisville Ballet and the Temple Early Childhood Education Center.
She earned a bachelor of business administration degree at the University of Kentucky and an M.B.A. at Bellarmine. Her husband, Richard, is a Thoroughbred owner and breeder in Louisville.
by Diane Johnson
October 26, 2016