HARROGATE, Tenn. — Dr. Anthony Maxwell of Harrogate, Tenn., was recognized as Lincoln Memorial University (LMU)’s volunteer of the year on Saturday during the University’s annual Homecoming celebration where Vice President for University Advancement Cynthia Whitt presented him with the Nancy Leach Volunteer of the Year Award.
The Nancy Leach Volunteer of the Year Award is bestowed annually at the Alumni Banquet during Homecoming to an individual who emphasizes generosity to their community in giving of resources, talents and time to improve the quality of life and contribute to the people of their community. Maxwell was selected for his valiant services to the Cumberland Gap area in general and especially the area’s youth.
As the director of the Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia-Kentucky, Maxwell spends many hours promoting literacy and putting books in the hands of potential, aspiring and financially challenged readers. Since he became the director, the Children’s Reading Foundation has overseen the distribution of 750,000 books in Bell, Clay, Leslie and Laurel counties in Kentucky and also in Claiborne County, Tenn.
Maxwell works with Ready for Kindergarten, ReadUp and Read Across America. He volunteers with Books for Babies at Appalachian Regional Hospital, the Middlesboro Kiwanis Club and the award-winning Bell County program “52 Weeks of Giving,” which was recently featured on Good Morning America. His work and dedication is not limited to literacy. Maxwell’s contributions can be seen throughout the area in locations such as the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Cumberland Gap Arts Council, the White Lightning Festival and Repair Affair of Bell County.
Maxwell also gives back regularly to his alma mater with significant contributions of time and talent to the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival, the Appalachian Young Writers Workshop, the Appalachian Reading Series, the Community Writing Class, the university’s student writing club and more.
During the Alumni Banquet LMU announced that that from this year, forward the award would be named in honor of alumnae Nancy Leach. The 2012 recipient of the award, LMU also honored Leach at the Great Smoky Mountain chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) National Philanthropy Day celebration in November 2012. Leach, a 1961 graduate, taught for 35 years at East LaFollette Elementary School. She is a charter member of the Campbell County Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators and has actively served the organization for 30 years. She has served on the LMU National Alumni Board and has volunteered countless hours assisting with events. Leach is a member of the Cawood Methodist Church.
Lincoln Memorial University Vice President for University Advancement Cynthia Whitt presents Dr. Anthony Maxwell with the Nancy Leach Volunteer of the Year award during LMU’S annual Alumni Banquet.