NEWS: Veterans benefit from scholarship fund named for Charles F. Herd

Leadership Louisville Center Announces Charles F. Herd Scholarship Supporting Leadership Louisville Program

Outstanding public servant to be selected annually for tuition support in signature program

The Leadership Louisville Center is proud to announce the creation of a scholarship fund to be named in memory of Charles F. Herd, CEO of the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce (1966-1983, now Greater Louisville Inc.) and a founder of the Leadership Louisville Center.

“Without the vision and leadership of Mr. Herd, the Leadership Louisville Center might not exist today,” said Cynthia Knapek, president of the Center.  “His influence helped us to create an organization that impacts leaders at every level and inspires our community to be better and do better. This scholarship will honor his commitment for years to come.”

A native of Sparta, TN, Mr. Herd left his family farm for the University of Tennessee in 1939, where he was an English major and chapter president of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He left the university as an infantry Lieutenant in the summer of 1943 and led an infantry platoon from Normandy to the Elbe River in World War II. He received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his actions in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he earned a Masters in English and met his soulmate and eventual wife of 65 years, Carrie Belle Morris, while they both studied at the University of Iowa.  He was CEO of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and later, as CEO of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, he was key in the planning and development of the Belvedere, Heritage Festival weekends, and Interstate 265/Gene Snyder Parkway. Mr. Herd served as a founding board member of the Leadership Louisville Center, and with the help of Wilson Wyatt, Nana Lampton, and Paula Hale designed the curriculum and enlisted the first class for Leadership Louisville in 1979.

“My father considered Leadership Louisville his most significant contribution to our city,” said Mary Herd Jackson, architect.  “He was continuously humbled by the talented and generous citizens who make Louisville their home.”

The Charles F. Herd Leadership Louisville Scholarship will be awarded annually.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate service to God, service to country through honorable military service, and a desire to enhance the regional community as a wonderful place to work, grow, and thrive.  Other public servants may be considered for the scholarship as well. Recipients will have the opportunity to participate in Leadership Louisville, the Center’s flagship program.

The scholarship’s inaugural recipient will be announced for the Leadership Louisville Class of 2023, which will be recruited in spring 2022.  Interested individuals may contact Aimee Jewell, engagement manager for the Leadership Louisville Center, at for more information.



The Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement. With a purpose to inspire and equip leaders to be better and do better, it has graduated over 10,000 through its civic programs since 1979. The Center is recognized as a national best practice and is known for its dynamic programming and strong community connections. Programming includes five social impact leadership programs (Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Bingham Fellows and Encore Louisville), leadership skills training courses presented through the Leadership Green Room, and events designed to connect leaders and motivate positive change. Learn more at

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For more information, contact:
Holly Prather, Vice President
Main: (502) 561-0458  Cell: (502) 609-9227