Ewell Balltrip-Emeritus Member
President/CEO, The National Institute For Hometown Security

Balltrip is the President/CEO of The National Institute For Hometown Security (NIHS) and is also its founding executive. He controls the overall operation which seeks out and engages research and development opportunities that focus on protecting community-based critical infrastructure. He has extensive executive management and leadership experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining NIHS in 2004, he was the Executive Director of the Kentucky Appalachian Commission (ARC). His work in journalism has earned him awards from the Kentucky Press Association and citations from the Associated Press Managing Editors Association.

Balltrip has served on the boards of directors of numerous civic organizations and community and regional development organizations.  He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Corridor and serves as treasurer of that organization. He also serves on the board of directors of the Central Appalachian Institute for Research and Development which is based at the University of Pikeville.

He is a native of Harlan, and a graduate of Baylor University with degrees in journalism and political science.