CU employee receives servant leadership award

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Joan C. McKinney

Campbellsville University

Dr. Joe Early, Jr., assistant professor of theology at Campbellsville University, was the faculty recipient of the Servant Leadership Award at CU recently.

Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs at CU, in making the presentation to Early, said, "What I like about Joe is his concerns for his students."

Cheatham said Early volunteers and is involved in his students' lives on campus and after graduation.

Early has taught at CU since 2009. He is the author of several books on Baptist life and history.

Early is writing a book for Broadman Holman Press titled: "A Survey of Christian History," with a publication date of January.

Early, who will be one of two speakers at CU's Baptist Heritage Lecture Series on Oct. 4, has been described as an "up-and-coming" Baptist historian. He will discuss "Richard Boyd: Shaper of Black Baptist Identity" at the lecture series.

He is married to Tiffany Early and is the son of Dr. Joe Early Sr., who retired as academic vice president from the University of the Cumberlands, and his wife, Phyllis.