CBT Distinguished Speaker Series

April Perry

The College of Business and Technology has partnered with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce to provide an Executive-in-Residence/ Distinguished Speaker for Eastern Kentucky University this fall. The mission of the College’s Distinguished Speaker Series is to bring leaders of business, industry, and government to the EKU campus to address students, faculty, and members of the Richmond community and surrounding areas on current topics and issues.

We are pleased to welcome Ms. April Russell Perry, EKU alum and Chairman and CEO at Kentucky Farmers Bank, as the College of Business and Technology 2018-19 Executive-in-Residence/Distinguished Speaker. She will visit the EKU campus on Wednesday, October 24, to speak with College faculty, staff and students.


"As part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, the College of Business and Technology invites prominent leaders to our campus to discuss current topics and issues related to their expertise. The guest speaker has an opportunity to interact with students, faculty, and other interested participants during a public address, round table discussion, and luncheon. We are pleased to have the Richmond Chamber of Commerce join with us in providing this enrichment opportunity." -- Dr. Tom Erekson, Dean, EKU College of Business and Technology

Ms. April Russell Perry

We are honored to have Ms. April Perry ('86, BBA Finance/Investments; '96 MBA), as this year’s Distinguished Speaker. 

Ms. Perry, a native of Ashland, Ky., is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Kentucky Farmers Bank in Ashland.

She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance/Investments in 1986 from Eastern Kentucky University and returned home to work as Auditor and then Controller for Kentucky Farmers Bank.  In 1989, she was elected to the Board of Directors for Kentucky Farmers Bank and has continued serving on the Board.  April moved to Lexington and returned to Eastern Kentucky University to earn her MBA in 1996.  In 2007, April returned to Ashland and was named Chairman of the Board and CEO of Kentucky Farmers Bank, a community bank with three locations in Boyd County, Ky. 

April believes in community service and giving back to her community.  She serves on the Paramount Arts Center Board and Executive Committee, the Foundation for the Tri-State Community where she serves as the Kentucky Vice Chair, the King’s Daughters Health Foundation Board, the United Way of Northeast KY Board, EKU’s President’s Leadership Council, Ashland Alliance Board and is chair of the Bank On Northeast KY initiative.  She is a member of Ashland Rotary and the Paramount Women’s Association.  

April met her husband Don Perry at EKU.  They have been married for 28 years and have two children, Connor (2014 graduate of EKU) and Kendall (2017 graduate of EKU). April enjoys gardening, cooking and hiking.

April will speak on her experiences at a Public Address in the Business and Technology Center Rogow Auditorium (BTC 049) from 9:05 to 9:55 a.m.  She will also be available to discuss current events and issues at a Faculty Breakfast Roundtable from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Business and Technology Center Executive Conference Room (BTC 206).

Following the public address, she will join EKU Administration officials and the Richmond business community for a luncheon hosted by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce in the EKU Center for the Arts Black Box Theater from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. To register, call the Chamber at 859-623-1720.


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Published on September 12, 2018