University of Kentucky

UK alumna appointed to leadership position

Photo by Matt Anderson. Courtesy of Midway College.

Marlene M. Helm ’77 ’90 ED was recently appointed vice president for academic affairs by Midway College. This newly-created position is the top academic post at the college. Helm has been with Midway College since the spring 2011 semester when she joined as the teacher education graduate program chair to oversee the development and launch of the college’s first master’s level program in education.

Prior to joining Midway College, Helm most recently served as the Commissioner of Social Services for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. She has also held numerous positions in education at Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, the Fayette County and Scott County School Systems, and as Secretary of Education, Arts and Humanities Cabinet for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Helm is an active member of the Lexington community. She is currently involved with organizations such as the Salvation Army, UK Sanders Brown Center on Aging Foundation, United Way of the Bluegrass and the Music Institute of Lexington.

In 2000, Helm was named to the UK College of Education Hall of Fame for her excellence as a school teacher and administrator. She has also earned numerous awards for her service over the years, including YMCA Black Achievers Community Achiever of the Year and the Torch of Excellence Award from the UK College of Education. Also, the annual Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Alumni Award is named The Marlene M. Helm Alumni Excellence Award.