Kenneth Asbury Professorship in History
The Kenneth Asbury Professorship was funded in large measure by Lelia Maude Beaty Richmond. Mrs. Richmond was a successful businesswoman, exemplified by her thirty-year management of the family store, Beaty & Company, and her service on the board of directors of the Wise County National Bank and Appalachian Regional Hospital. Loyal and committed to the Wise County region of Virginia, Mrs. Richmond served and supported many institutions that were vital to a strong community until her death in April 2002. A staunch supporter of Clinch Valley College, she and her sisters established the College's first fully endowed professorship in memory of their father, a Virginia state senator who died during the 1928 General Assembly. This professorship is named in honor of Kenneth Asbury, revered as one of the founders of Clinch Valley College, now the University of Virginia's College at Wise. During a legal career spanning more than fifty years, Mr. Asbury has served nearly every town in Wise County as town attorney. He was elected Wise County commonwealth's attorney and honored as Wise County Citizen of the Year. His interest in the College has never wavered. He was a member of the College's inaugural Advisory Council and chaired the board for several years.