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Distinguished Alum Hardy Tribble Honored

Hardy Tribble with ROTC cadets

On the morning of Thursday, May 2, 2019, faculty and staff of the College of Business and Technology, as well as EKU administration, ROTC cadets and students, joined alumnus John Hardy Tribble and his family and friends for a special dedication as the ROTC Challenge Course was renamed to the John Hardy Tribble Challenge Course. 

College Dean, Dr. Tom Erekson, opened the dedication with a welcome and remarks on Mr. Tribble's involvement at EKU. University President, Dr. Michael Benson, also offered his remarks and gratitude, as well as Lieutenant Colonel Jerimiah Corbin, Chair of the Department of Military Science and Leadership. A dedication video was then presented to Mr. Tribble and his guests, which can be viewed below, followed by an unveiling of the new Challenge Course sign.  

During his time as a student, Tribble studied in what was then the College of Business and was a member of ROTC, an experience he continues to treasure decades later. He graduate in 1962, and he has been a loyal supporter of the College and the University ever since.

The investment of his time to EKU has distinguished Tribble as an exceptional, devoted alumnus. He served on the EKU Foundation Board for 19 years and the EKU Business Advisory Council for eight years, part of that time as Chair. He served one term as President of the National Alumni Association and was a member of the ROTC Alumni Chapter Council. Tribble was also inducted into EKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 1999.

Tribble has provided students with advice and words of wisdom on several occasions: as College Commencement speaker, and twice as a departmental distinguished alumni in both the Department of Military Science and Leadership and the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business. There is no doubt he has much professional and life-advice to offer current students after a successful 31-year career with Proctor and Gamble and consistent service to his community and church.

He contributes to the University not only with his time, but promotes the welfare of the institution and its students with philanthropy. He has been supporting EKU annually for many years. In 1997, Tribble and his late wife, Judy, established the Hardy and Judy Tribble Commitment to Excellence Endowment Fund to help move the College forward to new levels of excellence. Since then, the Tribble Academic Enrichment Fund has also been established. He has continually supported countless efforts and multiple programs across campus.   

Because of Tribble's generosity, the ROTC program was able to expand their Challenge Course with four additional obstaces, more than doubling the course in size. Construction began in July 2018 and was completed in October 2018. The Challenge Course is the only one of its kind on a University campus in the region, and the ROTC program is able to utilize it for training purposes to better prepare cadets for what lies ahead. 

Following the dedication, guests were invited to the Janna P. Vice Atrium in the Business and Technology Center for brunch. 

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Published on May 09, 2019

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