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Donna Rice Hedgepath, Ph.D.

Donna Hedgepath

Title: Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor
Company: Campbellsville University
Location: Campbellsville, Kentucky, United States

Donna Rice Hedgepath, Ph.D., provost, vice president for academic affairs and professor at Campbellsville University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.

Dr. Hedgepath has served Campbellsville University for more than 30 years as an adjunct professor, an assistant professor of education, an associate dean, the chair of undergraduate programs, and dean of the school of education and an associate professor. Her work for the school has included the development of new curricula, including new doctoral programs and a chiropractic medicine school.

As a child, Dr. Hedgepath discovered her natural musical ability through participation in her local church choir. An alumna of Campbellsville University, Dr. Hedgepath earned a Bachelor of Music in music education in 1992 and a Master of Music in 1999. She began her professional career as an admissions assistant at Campbellsville University while working as a substitute teacher at Taylor County Middle School and the choral director for Marion County Schools, positions she held until 2001. Thereafter, she completed the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program and earned a Ph.D. in music education at the University of Kentucky in 2006.

Dr. Hedgepath is the author of “The Rehearsal Frame as an Instructional Tool in Choral Music Education: A Comparison of Expert and Novice Choral Conductor’s Perception of Effective Teaching. Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education,” “A Survey of Kentucky Music Education: Do Gifted Programs Meet the Needs of the Musically Gifted?,” “Aaron Copland’s Educational Philosophy” and “Curriculum Guide for the Arts and Humanities in Kentucky High School Choral Programs.” For her contributions in the field, she is honored to have been named one of the Top 20 to Know in Education by Louisville Business First, the University Music Teacher of the Year by KMEA College, and the Fourth District University Music Teacher of the Year. Additionally, she is proud to have been named to the Chancellor’s List and has been presented with accolades such as the Non-Tenured Faculty Award from Campbellsville University. Above all, she attributes her success to the support of her parents, her work ethic, her desire to learn, and her humility.

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