Bowling Lecture Series

The James C. Bowling Executive-In-Residence Lecture Series

The James C. Bowling Executive-In-Residence Lecture Series was established through a generous endowment from Joseph M. Cullman 3rd, retired chairman of the board at Philip Morris.   As part of the series, a nationally recognized public relations professional visits the UK campus each year.   The professional's activities on campus with students, faculty and administrators culminate in a reception and lecture on campus.  2009 marked the tenth year of this program, which also includes the Excellence in Public Relations Award, given to an outstanding public relations practitioner with ties to Kentucky, and a scholarship for a public relations student.

Jim Bowling was a true friend of the University of Kentucky.

James C. BowlingThe Paducah native served Philip Morris Companies Inc. as senior vice president of corporate affairs and assistant to the chairman.   He was a member of the company's Board of Directors from 1969 until his retirement in 1986.   Following retirement, Bowling continued to serve the profession as a member of Burson-Marsteller's senior advisory board, working closely with company founder Harold Burson until 1995.

Bowling was a much sought after speaker for public relations groups throughout the country.   He had close ties with the United States Information Agency and key staff members of several U.S. presidents.   He was well known in the halls of Congress, many state capitals and corporate boardrooms throughout the nation, not to mention civic groups.   Bowling was national president of Keep America Beautiful and a board member for the National Tennis Foundation, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Boy Scouts of America.   A member of the Public Relations Society of America, he served as chairman of the Public Affairs Council in Washington, DC.

Bowling also served his home state and its flagship university.   He was a member of the University of Kentucky Development Council, and he worked with UK's College of Agriculture and College of Business.   He also assisted UK as director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.   In addition, Bowling served as a lifetime trustee and two-term president of the Kentuckians of New York, a society founded in 1904.

A man for all seasons, Bowling's legacy remains in the memory of colleagues, friends and the many Kentuckians he touched during his lifetime.

James C. Bowling Executives-in-Residence

2000 Harold Burson, Burson Marsteller

2001 Fraser P. Seitel, Emerald Partners

2002 Richard H. Truitt, Truitt Partners LLC

2003 Daniel J. Edelman, Daniel J. Edelman, Inc.

2004 Betsy Plank, Ameritech

2005 Ginger Hardage, Southwest Airlines

2006 Christopher Simpson, SimpsonScarborough

2007 Kenneth Sternad, United Parcel Service

2008 Peter Debreceny, Allstate

2009 Valerie Di Maria, Peppercom

2010: Willard “Bill”Nielsen, Johnson & Johnson

2011: Miguel Salinas, Adobe Foundation

2012: Jonathan Blum, Yum! Brands

2013 Tamera Luzzato, The Pew Charitable Trusts

2014: Richard Edelman, Edelman, Inc.

2015 Deborah Radman, Radman Communications

2016 Torod B. Neptune, Verizon Communications, Inc.

2017 Phil Lynch, Brown-Forman Corporation

2018 Denise Kaufmann, Ketchum

2019 Roger Bolton, Arthur W. Page Society

2020 Michele Anderson, Edelman

2021 Linda Rutherford, Southwest Airlines


Excellence in Public Relations Awardees

2000 Thomas L. Preston, Preston Global

2001 Dan Lacy, Ashland, Inc.

2002 John R. “Jack” Guthrie, Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations

2003 W. James Host, Host Communications, Inc.

2004 Lois Mateus, Brown-Forman

2005 Bernie Vonderheide, UK Public Relations

2006 James M. Wiseman, TEMA

2007 Jay Rayburn, Florida State University

2008 Rod Wenz and Randy Neely, The Wenz-Neely Company

2009 Jim Williams, Keeneland

2010 Charlotte Tharp, Norton Healthcare

2011 Michael J. Ruehling, CSX Corporation

2012 No award given

2013 Phil Osborne, Preston-Osborne

2014 Thomas T. Noland Jr., Humana, Inc.

2015 Marc Whitt, Eastern Kentucky University

2016 John Asher, Churchill Downs Race Track

2017 Tom Harris VP University Relations, UK

2018 Ellen Gregory, Midway University

2019 Barbara McDaniel, Toyota

2020 No award given

2021 Susan Straub, Lexington Mayor's Office