2019 Man of the Year
The Supreme Executive Committee of Kappa Sigma Fraternity has selected Brother James W. Stuckert as the 2019 Kappa Sigma Fraternity Man of the Year. Brother Stuckert is an April 22, 1956 initiate of the Beta-Nu Chapter at the University of Kentucky. During his undergraduate years, he served as both Grand Procurator and Grand Master of the Chapter. Brother Stuckert was the delegate to the 1959 Grand Conclave in Denver, Colorado, and was one of the undergraduate speakers at the Grand Conclave. He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Tau Sigma Chemical Engineering Honorary. During his undergraduate years, he served as Business Manager for the Kentucky Engineering Magazine and was the Student Government Association Representative from the College of Engineering. Brother Stuckert graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1960 and also received an MBA in 1961.
Brother Stuckert’s first employment was with Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana. In December 1962 Brother Stuckert joined W.L. Lyons and Company. He became a partner of the merged J.J.B. Hilliard, W. L. Lyons, and Company in December of 1968. He was responsible for equity trading at Hilliard Lyons prior to assuming the roles of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in December of 1995. He has served on the Board of Directors of Hilliard Lyons, Inc. since its incorporation on December 1, 1972, until his retirement as Chairman of the Board on December 31, 2003.
In 1976, Brother Stuckert was elected to serve as President of the University of Kentucky National Alumni Association and still remains on the Board of Directors. In 1980, he received the Distinguished Service Award for Exceptional Service to the University of Kentucky Alumni Association.
Brother Stuckert served as Chairman of the Board of the University of Kentucky Development Council. He was the Chair of the Capital Campaign recently concluded, which raised over $1 billion for the University of Kentucky. He also chaired the Corporate and Foundation Committee for the new William T. Young Library Campaign in the early 1990s. Brother Stuckert is a UK Presidential Fellow. Brother Stuckert was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame of the University of Kentucky Carol Gatton College of Business and Economics in February of 1997. He was also inducted to the University of Kentucky Hall of Distinguished Alumni in May of 2000 and was inducted to the Engineering Hall of Fame in April of 2002. Among other honors, Brother Stuckert was the recipient of the Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from the University of Kentucky in May of 2004.
As of July 2, 2009, Brother Stuckert was appointed to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees for a term of six years. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and as Chair of the Finance Committee for five years. He also served as Chair of the University of Kentucky Presidential Search Committee in 2010 and 2011 resulting in the hiring of President Eli Capilouto effective July 1, 2011. Brother Stuckert considers the hiring of President Capilouto to be one of the University’s most significant achievements.
Brother Stuckert has remained active as a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and as an initiate of Beta-Nu Chapter throughout his life. He was involved in the founding of Kappa Sigma Chapters at Western Kentucky in 1964 as well as the University of Louisville in 1984. In July 2008 he received the A Greater Cause Distinguished Alumnus Award from Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He credits the Fraternity with helping the development of his social, leadership, and Brotherhood skills.
“I absolutely love my pledge class, the second semester of the 1955-1956 school year!”
Executive Director Mitchell B. Wilson stated:
“Jim Stuckert’s name is synonymous with everything that is excellent at the University of Kentucky. There has not been a more loyal alumnus to our alma mater. He has constantly provided leadership to the University of Kentucky since the first day he set foot on campus as a freshman. The Brothers of Beta-Nu Chapter have been blessed to have guidance and support for the 64 years of his membership in Kappa Sigma. He has shared his treasure with the University of Kentucky, the Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund and the Beta-Nu Chapter and has been a significant role model and mentor for me personally. I treasure his friendship.”
Brother Stuckert was inducted into the inaugural class for the Beta-Nu Hall of Fame in 2015.
The James W. Stuckert Career Center at the University of Kentucky was named in his honor by the University Trustees for generous resources provided for the Career Center by Brother Stuckert and his wife Diane.
Jim and Diane have attended many Kappa Sigma functions together. Diane is a former sweetheart for Beta-Nu Chapter and is a loyal member of Chi Omega. Jim and Diane have both been inducted to the University of Kentucky Fraternity and Sorority Hall of Fame.
Brother Stuckert provided the following advice to undergraduates in their education and in their development as members of our society,
“Study hard, work hard, have fun, and learn to spend time wisely. Pay attention, be involved and always be a part of the solution, not the problem. Be a positive influence and appreciate what you have.”
Gatton Student Center
University of Kentucky
Past Kappa Sigma Man of the Year
Award Date James W. Stuckert University of Kentucky Beta-Nu 2019-12-22 Chris B. Harrison Oklahoma City University Theta-Psi 2018-12-22 Bert B. Beveridge The University of Texas at Austin Tau 2017-12-22 Michael E. O'Malley University of New Hampshire Beta-Kappa 2016-11-16 Robert D. Burck The University of Texas at Austin Tau 2015-01-01 Craig R. Barrett Stanford University Beta-Zeta 2014-01-01 William E. Gortney, USN Elon University Lambda-Lambda 2013-07-01 William D. Wittliff The University of Texas at Austin Tau 2012-07-01 Brian J. O'Dwyer, Esq. The George Washington University Alpha-Eta 2011-01-01 James T. Morris Indiana University Beta-Theta 2010-01-01 Gary D. Forsee Missouri University of Science and Technology Beta-Chi 2009-01-01 Richard M. Burr Winston-Salem, North Carolina Delta-Omega 2008-01-01 Alan R. Mulally University of Kansas Gamma-Omicron 2007-01-01 Martin C. Petersen Arizona State University Rho 2006-01-01 George E. Perdue University of Georgia Beta-Lambda 2005-01-01 Michael L. Eskew Purdue University Chi 2004-01-01 Todd R. Wagner Indiana University Beta-Theta 2003-01-01 Paul V. Hester University of Mississippi Delta-Xi 2002-01-01 Paul E. Patton University of Kentucky Beta-Nu 2001-01-01 Raymond J. Lane, Jr. West Virginia University Gamma-Phi 2000-01-01 Col. Ronald J. Webb, USAF (Ret.) Indiana University Beta-Theta 1999-01-01 Philip S. Anderson, Jr. University of Arkansas Xi 1998-01-01 Pierson M. Grieve, Jr. Northwestern University Epsilon-Delta 1997-01-01 Richard E. Rainwater The University of Texas at Austin Tau 1996-01-01 Robert D. Krebs Stanford University Beta-Zeta 1995-01-01 Robert J. Eaton University of Kansas Gamma-Omicron 1994-01-01 John F. Smith, Jr. University of Massachusetts Amherst Gamma-Delta 1994-01-01 Jerral W. Jones University of Arkansas Xi 1993-01-01 Samuel Donaldson The University of Texas at El Paso Epsilon-Xi 1992-01-01 Dr. Russel L. Wiener Rhodes College Phi 1991-01-01 Euine F. Jones, Jr. University of Arkansas Xi 1990-01-01 Dante B. Fascell University of Miami Epsilon-Beta 1989-01-01 Addison M. Walker University of Missouri Beta-Gamma 1988-01-01 Robert W. Lundeen Oregon State University Gamma-Sigma 1987-01-01 Paul H. Henson University of Nebraska-Lincoln Alpha-Psi 1986-01-01 Lewis W. Lehr University of Nebraska-Lincoln Alpha-Psi 1985-01-01 Charles L. Massey, Jr. University of Arkansas Xi 1984-01-01 Fred M. Russell Vanderbilt University Kappa 1983-01-01 Larry M. Speakes University of Mississippi Delta-Xi 1982-01-01 John M. Allin, Sr. Sewanee: The University of the South Omega 1981-01-01 David C. Treen Tulane University Sigma 1980-01-01 Lee S. Dreyfus University of Wisconsin-Madison Beta-Epsilon 1979-01-01 William R. Hewlett Stanford University Beta-Zeta 1978-01-01 Richard F. Barry, III University of Miami Epsilon-Beta 1977-01-01 Ardeshir Zahedi Utah State University Epsilon-Kappa 1976-01-01 Dr. John W. Ryan The University of Utah Delta-Sigma 1975-01-01 John B. Kelly, Jr. University of Pennsylvania Alpha-Epsilon 1974-01-01 Joseph D. Waggonner, Jr. Louisiana Tech University Epsilon-Gamma 1973-01-01 Lamar Hunt Southern Methodist University Delta-Pi 1972-01-01 Edgar D. Mitchell Carnegie Mellon University Delta-Alpha 1971-01-01 Honorable Robert J. Dole University of Kansas Gamma-Omicron 1970-01-01 Samuel C. Phillips, USAF University of Wyoming Delta-Gamma 1969-01-01 James H. Binns University of Denver Beta-Omicron 1968-01-01 Benjamin S. Gilmer Auburn University Beta-Eta 1967-01-01 William A. Whitfield Iowa State University Gamma-Lambda 1966-01-01 Reno Odlin University of Washington Beta-Psi 1965-01-01 Denton A. Cooley The University of Texas at Austin Tau 1964-01-01 James B. Fisk Massachusetts Institute of Technology Gamma-Pi 1963-01-01 Paul J. Fannin University of Arizona Gamma-Rho 1962-01-01 John G. Tower Southwestern University Iota 1961-01-01 John M. Olin Cornell University Alpha-Kappa 1960-01-01 Spencer T. Olin Cornell University Alpha-Kappa 1960-01-01 Emmett B. Mc Cracken Indiana University Beta-Theta 1959-01-01 Willard F. Rockwell, Jr. Pennsylvania State University Alpha-Delta 1958-01-01 Francis S. Van Derbur University of Denver Beta-Omicron 1957-01-01 Henry G. Symonds Stanford University Beta-Zeta 1956-01-01 Arnold M. Johnson The University of Chicago Gamma-Beta 1955-01-01 Thomas J. Williams University of Arkansas Xi 1954-01-01 Hoagland H. Carmichael Indiana University Beta-Theta 1953-01-01 Donald R. Mc Laughlin University of California, Los Angeles Delta-Nu 1952-01-01 Carey E. Kefauver The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Lambda 1951-01-01 Fred P. Corson, Ret Dickinson College Beta-Pi 1950-01-01 Cason J. Callaway University of Virginia Zeta 1949-01-01 Edwin P. Hubble The University of Chicago Gamma-Beta 1948-01-01 Beauford H. Jester The University of Texas at Austin Tau 1947-01-01 Ernest W. Goodpasture Vanderbilt University Kappa 1946-01-01 Clinton A. Pierce University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alpha-Gamma 1945-01-01 Dwight H. Green Wabash College Alpha-Pi 1944-01-01 Roy C. Osgood The George Washington University Alpha-Eta 1943-01-01 Jack E. Manch Hampden-Sydney College Upsilon 1942-01-01 James H. Macia, Jr. University of Arizona Gamma-Rho 1942-01-01 Edward R. Murrow Washington State University Gamma-Mu 1941-01-01 Frederick H. Albee Bowdoin College Alpha-Rho 1940-01-01 Warren R. Austin, Jr. University of Vermont Alpha-Lambda 1939-01-01 Lowell J. Thomas University of Denver Beta-Omicron 1938-01-01 Cyrus R. Smith The University of Texas at Austin Tau 1937-01-01