Every Monday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) will spotlight a Chancellor or President who currently serves a Historically Black College or University. This initiative recognizes and introduces those individuals who serve our nation HBCUs on a daily basis, changing and educating lives while producing the forthcoming visionary leaders of tomorrow.

This week’s Chancellor or President:  Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, Simmons College of Kentucky

Dr. Kevin W. Cosby

In 2005, Dr. Kevin W. Cosby was named the 13th President of Simmons College of Kentucky (SCKY). Two year later, the college returned to their original campus. In the 13 years of his tenure, he has led the campus in generosity and vision, as demonstrated by his refusal to accept a salary from the college. Under his visionary direction, SCKY was granted accreditation by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) in February 2014, expanded it’s campus and added three new degree programs, and was officially designated as the nation’s 107th Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) in April 2015.

Dr. Cosby has held administrative and teaching assignments at Kentucky State University, the University of Louisville, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary. Additionally, his exceptional oratorical skills have garnered lecture engagements at universities and institutions all over the world, including Harvard University.

Dr. Cosby has authored five highly-acclaimed books: Get off Your Butt!: Messages, Musings & Ministries to Empower the African-American Church; As They Went; Treasure Worth Seeking; Who’s Your Daddy?: Life Lessons from the prodigal Son and Loyal to the Royal. He has been a contributing writer to number of books, journals and periodicals.

He has been the subject of many national articles and documentaries, which consistently list him among Kentucky’s most influential leaders. His 2007 selection as Louisvillian of the Year is a tribute to his outstanding contributions to the community. He was ranked #1 of the Top Ten Religious Leaders in Louisville by Louisville Magazine in the October 2011 issue. In the spring of 2012, he was inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni at Eastern Kentucky University. In February 2015, the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights inducted Dr. Cosby into the Kentucky Gallery of Great Black Kentuckians at the state capitol. He is the 56th African American afforded this honor.

Since 1979, Dr. Cosby has served as Senior Pastor of St. Stephen Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Due to his practical and dynamic Bible teachings, the congregation has grown from 500 to approximately 14,000 members, and has been recognized by Outreach Magazine as one of the 100 largest churches in America (2010) and Emerge Magazine as one of six “super churches” of the South. During his tenure at St. Stephen, the church has transformed from the “little church on the corner” to a multi-faceted instituion that includes a 1,700-seat worship center, a cutting-edge $4 million inner-city family life center and a 1,000-seat worship facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana. In October 2013, Dr. Cosby began a satellite church in Hardin County, Kentucky. During the first Sunday’s service, seventy people united with the church.

A staunch proponent of education, Dr. Cosby earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, a master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Eastern Kentucky University, Bellarmine University and Campbellsville University.

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About Simmons College of Kentucky

Simmons College Of Kentucky is an institution of biblical higher education dedicated to educating people in the urban context through strong academic and professional programs in order that they may become productive citizens and agents of change in society. For more information, visit www.simmonscollegeky.edu.

About the HBCU Campaign Fund

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at historically black colleges and universities and predominately black institutions. HCF advocates for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.



LOUISVILLE, KY – Simmons College of Kentucky received a significant donation and a big boost towards its mission, according to WDRB.com.

On Friday, the College received $200,000 to help with its expansion and tuition assistance. Donors Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn say they weren’t familiar with Simmons College in the beginning.

“Simmons College to us is a symbol of hope for a lot of things. And it’s not just people and kids. It’s a symbol of hope for our whole community. It’s a symbol of hope for our growth. It’s a symbol of hope for where we want to go in life.” said D. Mark Lynn.

The college focuses on educating students in an urban setting and helping with financial assistance. Students, faculty and Mayor Greg Fisher were all on hand for the donation.

 

ABOUT SIMMONS COLLEGE OF KENTUCKY

Founded in 1879, the State Convention purchased four acres of land in Louisville to serve the campus for the Kentucky Normal and Theological Institute.

Simmons College of Kentucky is well positioned for bright future as a thriving institution of higher learning serving traditionally underserved communities

For more information about Simmons College of Kentucky, visit www.simmonscollegeky.edu.

 

 

LOUISVILLE, KY – Do you know about the 107th HBCU Simmons College of Kentucky? Have you even heard about it? Simmons College of KY was designated as the 107th Historically Black College and University (HBCU) on April 13, 2016. Simmons College joins Kentucky State University as the second HBCU in Kentucky.

Simmons history dates back to 1879, when it was established by members of black baptist churches in Kentucky who organized a state convention of Colored Baptist Churches. In November of 1879, trustees of the convention of Colored Baptist Church purchased 4 acres of land on the corner of 7th & Kentucky Street in Louisville that immediately served as the campus for the Kentucky Normal and Theological Institute.

Dr. William Simmons became the second President in 1880 and led the Institute through a period of rapid growth in enrollment and facilities.

Simmons College of Kentucky’s 13th President Dr. Kevin W. Cosby and students.

Dr. Simmons’ tenure ended in 1990, he set the foundation for continued growth which included a dramatic expansion of the liberal arts program. It was proudly proclaimed by State University that most of Kentucky’s African American attorneys, physicians, teachers and degreed ministers were former students.

In 2005, Dr. Kevin W. Cosby who is the senior pastor at St. Stephen Church became the 13th president and subsequently changed the name of the school to Simmons College of Kentucky whose once name(s) were: Simmons University, State University, Louisville Municipal College, and Simmons Bible College.

The name change to Simmons College of Kentucky was to reflect on the school’s mission to prepare Christians for ministry, while reinstating its initial mission of general education. In 1930, The Great Depression came across the campus and forced the institution to sell its property due to foreclosure on the mortgage. But in 2006, the institution was fortunate to buy its original campus and move back. In March 2015, the institution received its accreditation.

Today, Simmons College is history in the making as the “Comeback HBCU”. This year, the graduating Class of 2017 will be the first graduates of non-religious degrees to graduate from Simmons College since the 1920s.

Watch this video to listen to the success of some of Simmons College Liberal Arts graduates below.

 

For more information regarding Simmons College of Kentucky. You can contact the Office of Admissions at 502.776.1443 ext. 126 or visit www.simmonscollegeofky.edu. Go Simmons Nation!

 

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Pictured: SCKY President Dr. Kevin W. Cosby with students.
Pictured: SCKY President Dr. Kevin W. Cosby with students.

LOUISVILLE, KY – In April 2015, Simmons College of Kentucky (SCKY) was designated as the 107th historically black college and university joining Kentucky State University as the second HBCU in Kentucky. Now Simmons College is making moves and gearing forward in several ways to preparing the next leaders of tomorrow while empowering the community.

SCKY has recently announced the National Baptist Convention of America International (NBCA)  will relocate their headquarters from Dallas to the campus of SCKY in Louisville. NBCA also has a new educational partnership with the institution. NBCA President, Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert, Jr. has embraced Simmons as the educational provider for their domination. SCKY also scored a partnership with the Full Gospel Fellowship International, which has made Simmons their educational partner in the training of clergy and lay leadership.

Simmons College was established in 1879 by members of black baptist churches in Kentucky who organized a state convention of Colored Baptist Churches. In November of 1879, trustees of the Convention of Colored Baptist Church purchased four (4) acres of land on the corner of 7th and Kentucky Street in Louisville that immediately served as the campus for the school.

In 2005, Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, who is the senior pastor at St. Stephen Church was named the 13th president and subsequently changed the name of the school to Simmons College of Kentucky whose once name(s) were: Simmons University, State University, Louisville Municipal College, and Simmons Bible College.

The name change to Simmons College of Kentucky was to reflect the school’s mission to prepare Christians for ministry, while reinstating its initial mission of general education. In 1930, The Great Depression came across the campus and forced the institution to sell its property due to foreclosure on the mortgage. But in 2006, the institution was fortunate to buy its original campus and move back. In March 2015, the institution received its accreditation.

SCKY welcomed Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. last month, who spoke during the West Louisville Forum sponsored by the institution. During his visit, he urged African-Americans in Louisville to go to the polls on election day and vote. Award-winning novelist and co-founder of the Hurston/Wright Foundation Marita Golden will speak during the next West Louisville Forum on Wednesday, November 2.

 

Simmons College of Kentucky continues to thrive as a institution of higher learning serving traditionally underserved communities. For more information about Simmons College of Kentucky, call (502) 776-1443 or visit www.simmonscollegeky.edu.