Resident receives award at Dialogue on Race celebration

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Linda Waggener

Campbellsville University

Dr. Mary Wilgus and the Rev. David Cozart received leadership awards at Campbellsville University's 14th annual campus and community Dialogue on Race Celebration on Oct. 17.

The Racial Recognition Award was presented to Wilgus, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and coordinator of Dialogue on Race at Campbellsville University, who was called by the Rev. John E. Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president, Chowning, "the mother of development of Campbellsville University's Dialogue on Race program."

He said the Racial Reconciliation Award is given to those who have a record of servant leadership in bringing people together across lines of race and ethnicity and who have worked as bridge builders in the community. Wilgus, who is from Campbellsville, worked directly with Chowning to initiate the program which she has led and grown over the past 14 years and from which she is retiring as leader.

The African-American Community Leadership Award was presented to Cozart in recognition of his work as Fayette County Fatherhood Initiative program director, Lexington Leadership Foundation.

Chowning said this award is presented to one who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the black community and who has worked to help improve race relations and to move the entire community and state forward.

The Lexington Leadership Foundation seeks to restore, equip and deploy fathers, families, congregations and the community at-large.

Cozart has served as the administrator of development at the Urban League of Lexington/Fayette County since 2007. He is one of the founding members of the Urban League Young Professionals, which was founded in 2002 and is a nationally certified Community Organizer in the Neighborhood Revitalization Training Institute, where he has been an active member since 2000.

For information about the Dialogue on Race schedule of events at Campbellsville University, call 789-5520 or email jechowning@campbellsville.edu.