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In 2005, Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby was named President of Simmons College of Kentucky.

Under his visionary direction, SCKY was granted accreditation by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), expanded its campus and added three new degree programs, and was officially designated as the nation’s 107th Historically Black College & Universities (HBCU). Dr. Cosby earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University, a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Eastern Kentucky University, Bellarmine University and Campbellsville University. 

Rev. Dr. Cosby has authored five highly-acclaimed books: Get off Your But!: Messages, Musings & Ministries to Empower the African-American ChurchAs They WentTreasure Worth SeekingWho’s Your Daddy?: Life Lessons from the Prodigal Son and Loyal to the Royal

He has been consistently listed among Kentucky’s most influential leaders. He was selected as Louisvillian of the Year in 2007. He was ranked #1 of the Top Ten Religious Leaders in Louisville by Louisville Magazine in the October 2011. In 2012, he was inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni at Eastern Kentucky University. In 2015, the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights inducted Rev. Dr. Cosby into the Gallery of Great Black Kentuckians, the 56th African American afforded this honor.

Rev. Dr. Cosby is married to the former Barnetta Turner; they are the parents of two adult children.

During his tenure, he has led the campus in generosity and vision, as demonstrated by his refusal to accept a salary from the college.


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Simmons College of Kentucky is an institution of biblical higher education dedicated to educating people in the urban context through strong academic and professional programs in order that they may become productive citizens and agents of change in society.

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