Glenville State College Commencement

Commencement Seal

December 13, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Fine Arts Auditorium


Commencement will be broadcast live this year.
The broadcast will be made available on this page shortly before the ceremony.

Keynote Speaker Michael T. Rust

Michael T. Rust

Michael T. Rust was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) on January 1, 1996, becoming the third leader of the organization in their eighty-four year history. The organization is made up of 131 hospitals and health systems across the state of Kentucky. Additionally, Mike serves as President and CEO of the organization’s four subsidiary corporations. Before assuming the role of President for the KHA, he worked in hospital leadership positions in Florida and West Virginia.

Today, Mr. Rust continues to divide a portion of his personal time to several boards including the University of Louisville Board of Overseers, Frontier Nursing University, and St. Catharine College. During Rust’s tenure as Chairman of the Board at St. Catharine College, he and his wife Nancy oversaw the establishment of the Nancy Lemon Rust Surgical Laboratory and Research Center and, just recently, the dedication of the Rust Auditorium at Saint Catharine College.

The Rust family has been involved in several philanthropic charitable causes in the Louisville area and throughout the state of Kentucky. They have also been significant contributors to Glenville State College’s mission of educating students that may not have a chance to attend college if it were not for GSC. As such, Mike and Nancy have funded a $100,000 scholarship for nursing students.

Mr. Rust currently sits on the Board of Directors and serves on the Executive Committee of Republic Bank and Trust Company. The bank is one of the largest community banks in Kentucky and has recently diversified by acquiring banks in Ohio, Florida, Indiana, and Minnesota.

Working with his son Joshua, Mr. Rust has also developed a passion for thoroughbred horse racing. The Rust stable currently has twenty-six thoroughbreds racing throughout the country.

Rust received a bachelor’s degree from Glenville State College in business administration in 1973 and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Tennessee. He has been recognized by the University of Kentucky receiving the Distinguished Service Award in 2004 and was named a University of Kentucky Fellow the same year. In 2010, he was recognized as an Adopted Alumni of the University of Louisville. He was then honored as Alumnus of the Year by the Glenville State College Alumni Association in 2013.

Mike is married to the former Nancy Lemon. They have two children (Kelli and Joshua) whose families live nearby in Louisville, Kentucky, along with their three grandchildren Tysen, Cora, and Jude.