Asbury Hosts Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University hosted the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce today for the annual President’s Breakfast both to celebrate the University’s impact on the local community and to build relationships for a strong future together.
As Dr. Sandra Gray, president of Asbury University, shared during her remarks, Asbury’s impact on the local economy is not limited to the University employees who live and work in Jessamine County. Asbury’s students contribute 20,000 volunteer hours per year, and the University’s facilities — including recently renovated baseball and softball fields — are a community resource as well.
“Asbury is about leading change and being part of shaping higher education,” said Gray. “We embrace the opportunities and recognize the challenges. Our mission is to prepare students of many ages, and we want our graduates to make contributions to their communities, families and churches.”
In recent years the Chamber of Commerce and Asbury University have drawn even closer together, visiting other Kentucky counties to explore different methods of aligning the educational and business communities to work together on issues.
“We need involvement from both groups to work hands-on in the community,” said Chamber of Commerce President Sam Lee, who also works as the Jessamine County Community President at First Southern National Bank. “The University brings ideas and viewpoints to the table we may not have thought about. It is an intricate part of business in our community, especially with the opening of the Howard Dayton School of Business, with good resources to grown local business.”