2021 Dean's Distinguished Alumni Award

Edward C. Wunsch Ed.D., LCSW

2021 Dean's Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient


Ed Wunsch and Katie Cameron

 Edward C. Wunsch pictured with scholarship recipient Katie Cameron.  Learn more about Champions for Change Awards here.


Dr. Edward C. Wunsch began his social work career in 1964. His past work experiences include being a case worker in child protective services, Community Resource Director for the Jefferson County Metropolitan Social Services Department, supervisor of clinical probation for the Jefferson County Juvenile court, and Deputy Director of the Community Action Commission.

When he started, social work services were provided to only publicly funded hospitals in Jefferson County. He was the first to provide professional social work services in privately funded non-governmental hospitals and he created social work delivery systems that provided direct services to five hospitals. Serving Methodist for 30 years.

As a result of his Services to hospitals and geriatric population, he became a consultant to nursing homes and home health agencies. He was the first to provide programs and staff development in the areas of aging, geriatric behavior, sexuality of the elderly, dealing with combative residents and death and dying.

As the need grew for these services, Dr. Wunsch recruited and trained associate social workers in this area of expertise and provided field placement supervision for students at U of L Kent School, University of Kentucky and Spalding University. He also currently teaches classes in ethical decision making to medical professionals in hospitals, nursing homes and home health agencies throughout Kentucky.

He has served in leadership roles within NASW, Kentucky Licensure for social workers and the Huntington's Disease Society.

It is with great pleasure that I award you the Dean’s Distinguished Alumni Award for your extraordinary service and dedication to the Social Work Profession.


Dean David Jenkins

Kent School of Social Work