FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Board of Education recently presented the 15th annual Joseph W. Kelly Award to Paintsville McDonald’s Owner-Operator Bob Hutchison. The award is presented annually to a business leader who is actively engaged in making a difference in the local schools. Hutchison co-owns and operates a total of 14 restaurants in Eastern Kentucky.
The Kelly Award is given to business people who offer outstanding leadership and service toward promoting school improvement and equitable educational opportunities for all Kentucky children.
In a letter nominating Hutchison, Johnson County Schools Innovation Coordinator Noel Crum wrote, “There are some people who reach out to further education in their schools and community, but I have never met anyone like Mr. Hutchison, who embraces the task of helping all children achieve at high levels.”
Over the years, Hutchison has contributed to public education in a number of ways. He has served on the Johnson Co. Board of Education since 1994 and currently serves as its chair, donated more than $1 million to area schools, helped students develop leadership skills, connected schools and communities, served as chair of the Lonesome Pine District Boy Scouts and served on the Johnson County Career and Technical Education Steering Committee where he has helped shape career pathways that offer multiple opportunities for student success
The Kelly Award was created in honor of Joseph W. Kelly, a respected businessman and chair of the Kentucky Board of Education from 1991 to 1998. Kelly’s efforts and expertise were crucial to the implementation and nurturing of Kentucky’s school improvement efforts.
Board members Nawanna Privett, Debbie Cook and Bill Twyman served as the selection committee for the award this year.