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SCC Professor Earns Prestigious Honor

Dr. Ron Meade inducted into Academy of Advanced Item Writers

Dr. Ron MeadeDr. Ron Meade, professor and director of Somerset Community Colleges Physical Therapist Assistant Program, has been inducted into the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapys Academy of Advanced Item Writers. Meade will be formally recognized at the federations annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio on November 5, 2016.

To be inducted into the academy, individuals must have made a consistent, lasting contribution to the quality and quantity of items written for the National Physical Therapy examination. Dr. Meade has written test questions for the national board examination since 2014 and is only the second Kentuckian to be named to the academy.

Meade began his college career at Somerset Community College, where he obtained an Associate Degree in 1985. He holds degrees in marketing, health sciences and physical therapy from the University of Kentucky and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Shenandoah University. He currently plans to obtain a doctorate degree in educational leadership, with plans to move into higher levels of administration at the community college or university level.

Meade has been given SCCs New Horizons Award for Faculty Excellence three times and in 2014 he was named the top recipient of the award statewide. He has also twice been recognized by the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development at its national conference in Austin, Texas. In addition, Meade was named the College Professor of the Year by the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, received the colleges Diversity Award for promoting multiculturalism and inclusion on campus, and was appointed a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Ernie Fletcher.

In 2013, Meade was recognized by the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association (KPTA) as the recipient of the Outstanding Physical Therapist Service Award for his commitment to student issues within the professional association and for the development of the KPTA All-Academic Team. To date, 64 students have received recognition and cash scholarships to further the education through this program. He is currently developing a statewide mentoring program for physical therapy students with exceptional leadership potential for the KPTA. He presently serves as the national membership chair for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and has lectured nationally about program assessment processes and their role in the improvement of health programs.

Meade has donated more than $20,000 to the college and the SCC Foundation and has been responsible for assisting students in obtaining nearly $200,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships through both external sources and the college since arriving at SCC in 2004. Nine of the past ten national students of the year, as named by the American Physical Therapy Association, have come from SCC under his leadership. In total, more than 40 SCC PTA program students and graduates have received state or national recognition since 2006. The program boasts a 100 percent first-attempt pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination for nine of the past ten years, with 100% of the programs graduates finding employment within the physical therapy profession since 2004.

Meade has volunteered for many worthwhile causes, including the Foundation for Physical Therapy, the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates and the Kentucky Special Olympics. He presently serves as a regional field director and member of the state pageant committee for the Miss Kentucky Pageant and is certified to judge state and local Miss America preliminary pageants.

For more information about the SCC PTA Program, contact the program director at ron.meade@kctcs.edu.