PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville honored 94th District Kentucky State Representative Leslie Combs of Pikeville, for her longstanding support of the institution and special interest and leadership in improving educational opportunities for students.
On behalf of the board of trustees, university Chancellor and Interim President Paul Patton presented Combs with an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree. She was recognized during the Fall Convocation, a formal event that marks the beginning of the academic year. Combs received the honorary doctorate during the event held on Thursday.
“For 126 years, our predecessors have similarly celebrated a new term, with new students and new hopes and new dreams. We’re no different. The thrill of knowing that we are fundamentally and permanently changing the lives of so many young people is exhilarating and inspiring,” said Patton.
Today, we honor one of our own Patton continued. “Representative Combs has made herself available to us every time we’ve called. While those calls have been about several subjects, the most often and loudest call has been for the cause of state financial assistance to our students. It is unlikely that many students she has helped will fully understand all she has done for them. It’s important that our institution never forgets.”
In her convocation address, Combs, who spent 23 years as treasurer and vice president for administrative operations at the university, shared her deep connection with the institution and its people. Reflecting on the University of Pikeville’s impact on the community, region and state, Combs said, “UPIKE’s future depends on me, on you, and on all of us giving back in some way and taking care of it for an eternity. I have always been and will always continue to be committed.”