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Several in UofL community recognized as 'connectors' by Leadership Louisville

by Uofl Today last modified Feb 24, 2010 09:44 AM

Eight University of Louisville faculty and staff members were selected recently by community members as "connectors" – meaning they have the means and ability to bring people together to improve Louisville and southern Indiana.

The "connector" recognitions were announced Sunday by the Leadership Louisville Center. More than 5,500 nominations were accepted between Sept. 9 and Oct. 31, and 128 total Louisville "connectors" were named. The "connectors" span the region and represent academia, small business, corporations, government, faith-based groups and nonprofit organizations.

The Leadership Louisville Center sponsored the survey with a goal of identifying unsung leaders in the community who aren’t necessarily political or business leaders.

“I’m pleased - but not surprised - to see UofL so well represented on the list of Louisville’s connectors,” said Provost Shirley Willihnganz. “This is a testament to the impact these individuals are having in so many areas, ranging from business to social justice. And it’s further evidence of the impact our university has on our community and the commonwealth.”

UofL faculty and staff recognized as connectors include:

  • Brian Buford, director, Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Services. Buford, who joined UofL in 1988, became director of the LGBT office when it opened in 2007. Buford also teaches the Successful Superviser Series each semester and is a member of the executive committee for Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality.  

  • Ed Glasscock, special assistant to the president working on economic development initiatives.  Glasscock is chairman emeritus of Frost Brown Todd LLC law firm. He has been a member of the university's Board of Overseers since 1991.

  • Jane Goldstein, assistant dean for development and external relations, College of Business. As a consultant, Goldstein works with businesses and various organizations in the areas of business communication, office management and office procedures.  She also gives seminars, workshops, and speeches on a wide variety of workplace issues.  She was elected to the World Who’s Who of Women, the Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in American Education, Personalities of America, Outstanding Young Women of America and Who’s Who Registry of Business Leaders.  She is an honorary member of Beta Gamma Sigma business fraternity and served on the Executive Advisory Board of Professional Secretaries International, Louisville Chapter.

  • Graham Honaker, assistant director of development, College of Business. Honaker is a new member of the UofL family, having joined the university about a month ago. He previously worked as a legislative aide to Louisville Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer.

  • Harry Pickens, special assistant to the provost for new initiatives. Pickens is a pianist, teacher, consultant and professional speaker. Pickens began his UofL job Dec.  1 and works with the School of Music, College of Arts and Sciences and the Delphi Center.

  • Tom Owen, associate archivist, University Libraries. Owen has been an archivist at the University Archives and Records Center since 1975. He is the Louisville Metro Councilman for District 8. He was recently named 2010 president of the Metro Council.

  • Terry Singer, dean, Kent School of Social Work. Singer was named dean of the Kent School in 1997. Singer is active in the local community, particularly with programs related to refugee resettlement and community development. Last year Singer received the Louisville Central Community Centers' Lyman Johnson Distinguished Leadership Award, as well as the UofL Distinguished Faculty Award for career of service.

  • Adewale Troutman, associate professor, School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Troutman is the director of Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, a position he's held since 2004.

Several others on the list have connections to the University of Louisville but are not directly employed by the university include Cathe Dykstra, president and chief executive officer of Family Scholar House, and Mary Moss Greenebaum, producer, University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

The connector idea sprang from the 2000 book "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference." Author Malcolm Gladwell identified connectors in a community as those who bring great ideas to fruition and who can create and impact change in their community. According to Gladwell, connectors are not always in authority positions but have the ability to lead and influence others though informal networks.

The Leadership Louisville Center worked with a third party to conduct the data collection and analysis for the Connector Project. 

The connectors will be interviewed as part of ongoing research and will be recognized at an event later this year.

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