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Berea's Appalachian Commitment Timeline

Lyle D. Roelofs: President 2012 - Present

2012 - Lyle D. Roelofs becomes President. 


- Berea wins a three-year School Turnaround AmeriCorps grant which helps to place AmeriCorps volunteers in Knox and Leslie County High Schools to provide support for students.

- Awarded a Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps School Turnaround Grant which places sixty AmeriCorps members to serve as mentors, college advisors and family connectors in Knox, Leslie & Perry Counties in Kentucky.



 - President Roelofs becomes the Chair of the Board of Kentucky Campus Compact, a state-wide coalition that advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students to civic and social responsibility

-Berea College selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification, a renewal of the elective classification originally awarded in 2008.


- By 2016, "Grow Appalachia ha[d] supported thousands of gardens through hundreds of community partnerships in five states; from backyard gardens to community gardens to school and summer camp gardens to greenhouses to mini-farms; producing more than 1,781,000 pounds of healthy, organic food for thousands of people in its first six years. The gardens are worked by nonprofits, farmers’ market entrepreneurs, the elderly, the Girl Scouts, inmates, the disabled, and others who believe a better food system equals better lives." 

- Awarded a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant to provide a mobile classroom called the "Readiness Bus" that will bring adult and early childhood development to low income families living in remote communities of Clay County, Kentucky.

- Partners for Education is awarded a U.S. Department of Education Talent Search Grant) to provide school-based academic counseling and career exploration activities and focuses on college preparatory support for low-income and first-generation students in Clay, McCreary, and Pulaski Counties.