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University of Kentucky to Honor State’s Human Services Commissioner; Alumni Recognize Patricia R. Wilson

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 21, 2009  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 21, 2009) – The leader of the primary state’s human services agency is being honored by the University of Kentucky’s (UK) social work school.

Patricia R. Wilson, commissioner of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Department for Community Based Services, was nominated and selected for the UK College of Social Work’s Hall of Fame Award by her peers.

The award is presented annually to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the field of social work. Wilson will be recognized and inducted into the Hall of Fame at a dinner on Friday, May 22, in Lexington.

CHFS Secretary Janie Miller said Wilson is well-deserving of the honor.

“Pat embodies all the qualities that help define a great social worker -- she is respectful, passionate, enlightened, resourceful and is a great leader within the Cabinet,” she said. “My fellow Cabinet leaders and I consistently rely on her vast experience to guide our decisions on policy that affects our children and families.”

Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Wilson DCBS commissioner in January 2008.

Wilson said her social work education and training gave her the knowledge and confidence to make decisions during difficult circumstances.

“When families are in crisis, we all have to work together to come to creative solutions to help them break down the barriers to their success,” Wilson said. “I am proud to achieve this honor, but I must share it with my department colleagues who keep the well-being of Kentucky families in mind every day.”

Wilson previously served as an executive adviser with DCBS, coordinating the state’s Child and Family Services Review. She also has 19 years’ experience as a front-line worker and supervisor and has been a state administrator and a national consultant.

Wilson, of Danville, received a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky.

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Last Updated 5/21/2009