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Leadership Team
Randall Black

RANDALL BLACK, Academic Dean of the Commonwealth Honors Academy and professor of music, begins 15th year with the Academy (having served as Student Life Dean for the initial 13 years) and his twenty-ninth year of teaching voice at Murray State University. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Illinois University (Music Department's Distinguished Alumnus Award, '96-'97) and his Master and Doctor of Music degrees from Indiana University. As a professional singer, he has appeared in the United States and Europe including performances with: Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony, St. Martin-in-the-Field Church in London, the Santa Fe Opera, and as a soloist in Carnegie Hall.

Dr. Black has served on the national board (Secretary/Treasurer) for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) as well as the NATS Foundation Board, and as regional governor for the National Opera Association. He taught for twelve years as a faculty member of the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program, and has been recognized with Teaching Awards from the Music Department (Charles and Marlene Johnson Outstanding Music Faculty Award) and Murray State University (Regents Award). He and his wife, Kim, also a music teacher, have two children.


Jeff Wylie

JEFF WYLIE, Student Life Dean, is a social worker who has been teaching in the Social Work Program at Murray State University since 1997. He is also an adjunct clinical instructor for the MSW program at Western Kentucky University. Jeff has an MSW and an MDiv degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and was a therapist and administrator with Four Rivers Behavioral Health in Paducah for 8 years working with families and children specializing in parenting and behavior disorders in children. He has worked with victims of sexual assault and supervised therapists in child advocacy and sexual assault centers as well as mental health therapists in the region. Prior to his career in social work, Jeff worked for 7 years as a staff person with Young Life – a Christian outreach program to un-churched high school students in Louisville and Bowling Green, KY. With Young Life Jeff served as a high school group leader and as area director for all the Young Life clubs in the area. Jeff’s wife, Jennifer, is a physical therapist and together they have 3 adult children. In addition to teaching, Jeff is involved with his church, private clinical practice, and enjoys playing the guitar and fly-fishing.


Lori Rogers

LORI ROGERS is the administrative assistant for the Murray State Honors Program and the primary contact for prospective CHA students. Having served in this position for 24 years, Lori enjoys building relationships with both university Honors students and the CHA students. She was recognized in 2011 by the MSU Student Government Association for her commitment to students and their success with the Jim Baurer Staff Service Award given annually to one exemplary staff member. Her favorite part of CHA is watching the students build friendships within the CHA community.

She studied history at MSU and family history through distance learning courses from Brigham Young University and continues to pursue a BIS degree in those areas. Lori's interests include American history, genealogy, and cooking. She resides in Calloway County with her husband, Mark, and has a daughter, Brittiany, a 2006 MSU graduate.


Allyson Taylor

ALLYSON TAYLOR, Counseling Director, is a licensed therapist in the Murray State University Counseling Center. Allyson has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Murray State and has previously worked at the Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center. Allyson has received specialized training for working with trauma survivors that allows her to continue trauma work at Murray State and expand her practice to work with veterans. Allyson is also a trained yoga instructor and enjoys integrating yoga and mindfulness into her work and personal life. Allyson is excited to be joining the CHA community again for her second year as the Counseling Director. Allyson lives in Murray with her husband, Troy, and together they enjoy traveling, spending time in nature, and playing with their trained therapy dog, Digby.


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