Former U.S. Senator South Dakota and Senate Majority Leader
Former U.S. Senator Mississippi and Senate Majority Leader
Founder of Three Chimneys Farm
CEO, Yonder Interactivists
Managing Partner, Babbage Cofounder
Director, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
State Director Office of U.S. Senator Rand Paul
Chairman and CEO of Gray Construction<br /> Former Mayor of Lexington, KY<br /> Secretary of Transportation
Retired Chairman, The Grizzle Company
Professor of Finance and Public Administration<br /> UKY Martin School of Public Policy
Former Chairman and CEO of Ashland Oil Inc.
Vice President of University Relations<br /> University of Kentucky
Partner, Indelable LLC
Former Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky<br /> Former Kentucky State Auditor
Deliberative Citizenship Initiative Coordinator<br /> Davidson College
Former Kentucky State Representative, 72nd District<br /> Attorney at Overly & Johnson
Lecturer at Harvard University<br /> Principal Consultant ICS|TRIO Global Solutions
Founder and CEO, I.R. Consilium<br /> Maritime Law and Security, Washington, D.C.
President of BAHR Associates, Inc.<br /> CEO, United Building Services, Inc.<br /> Board of Directors and Past President,<br /> Kentucky Society of Washington
President, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges<br /> President Emeritus, Marymount University
Of Counsel at Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP<br /> Served as the 7th and 10th President of the Louisville Metro Council
G.F. Vaughan Tobacco Co.<br /> Chairman, CTA Continental, Brazil
Prior to his appointment to the position of Henry Clay Center Executive Director, Dr. Tom Shelton served as the Director of External Relations and Partnerships for the National Center on Education and the Economy in Washington D.C. Previously he had served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, as a Professor of Educational Leadership at Eastern Kentucky University, and in school district administration for over twenty years, including serving as superintendent in Daviess County Public Schools and in Fayette County Public Schools in Kentucky.
As a superintendent, he led his district to selection and participation in the Asia Society’s Global Cities in Education Program and was named as an eSchool News Magazine 2009 Tech-savvy Superintendent of the Year and the AASA Kentucky Superintendent of the Year in 2011.
Tom holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Murray State University. Tom also holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville.
In addition, he holds varying post-doctoral certificates from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of London, and the World Bank Group. Dr. Shelton is a member of the Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP), the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI), the World Innovation Summit in Education (WISE) Agile Leaders of Learning in Innovation Network (ALLIN), the American Education Research Association (AERA), and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).
Abby Didawick is a 2020 graduate from the University of Kentucky who hails from Arlington, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Administration, with a minor in Digital Media and Design.
Through previous positions, Abby has gained experience with nonprofit organizations, including special events, fundraising, and marketing. Abby most recently served as an intern for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (TX). As Staff Assistant, Abby takes on a vital role in assisting the Center with administrative, programming, social media and marketing, communication, and fundraising support.