Dr. Jolly receives HCTC Distinguished Service award
Dr. J. Marvin Jolly was honored with HCTC s Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contributions to the college, community, and education. This is the highest award given by the HCTC Board of Directors and was presented by HCTC President Dr. Steve Greiner during the annual Hazard-Perry County Civic Night on May 8.
Dr. Steve Greiner praised Dr. Jolly for his vision. He was a true pioneer, and he had the vision to make this college into a viable institution, one that would serve the educational, social, and cultural needs of the area for generations to come, Dr. Greiner said.
Dr. Jolly was named director of Hazard Community College by the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees on June 23, 1968, and served as its founding president from July 1968 until June 30, 1985. He established the first learning lab to provide special assistance to ensure student success. Under his leadership, faculty and staff were recruited, programs were developed and implemented, and the college began operations in temporary facilities. Following the opening of the new campus in 1970, the college s programs and enrollment grew steadily. As a result of his vision and leadership, Hazard Community College grew into an institution of higher education that became noted for its high quality education and student services.
He initiated the college s first community education programs to meet the needs of the local area citizens. Under his leadership the community chorus and concert series started. His work in the community includes being an active member of the Bowman Memorial United Methodist Church and Hazard Lions Club.
Dr. Jolly was surrounded by his family at civic night, including his wife, Joyce; his son and daughter in law, Dr. James Jolly and Judy; and two grandsons, Trey and Alex.
Dr. Jolly was born in Warrior, Alabama where he graduated from high school. His bachelor s degree in history and education is from Florence State College in Alabama; his master s degree in school administration is from George Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn. in 1955; his doctorate degree is from Colorado State College in Greeley in 1960. While at Colorado State he held a fellowship with the Educational Planning Service.