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Suzanne Vitale CEC Timeline


Spring 2001 - Initial discussions among Stan Cooke, Mary Lloyd Moore, Frank Kersting, and Tom Hiles, were held about creation of the Kelly Autism Program (KAP), which was originally named The Young Adult Transition Program.


Fall 2001 - Meetings were held with local county and city government officials, county and city school leaders, WKU administrators and faculty, and community action groups to discuss possible formats and structures for the proposed KAP program.


Fall 2002 - The KAP programmatic structure and objectives were outlined.


Spring 2003 - The Linda and John M. Kelly Autism Program was formally created through a generous donation by Kellys.


Summer 2003 - Discussions were begun regarding the need for a clinical education complex to serve the residents of Bowling Green and surrounding areas and to serve as a training ground for WKU students in relevant disciplines.


January 2004 - The Clinical Education Complex project concept paper was completed and received support from WKU President Gary Ransdell and Provost Barbara Burch.


December 2004 - The Preston Family Foundation Acquired Brain Injury Resource Program was named.


June 2005 - An initial CEC faculty planning retreat and workshop was conducted.


August 2005 - The CEC building was approved and construction, which was funded by local philanthropists, began.


June 2006 - Four programs moved into the new CEC building: the Communication Disorders Clinic, the Vickie and Dan Renshaw Early Childhood Center, the Family Counseling Clinic, and Preston Family Foundation Acquired Brain Injury Resource Program.


August 2006 - The Clinical Education Complex was dedicated.


March 28, 2007 - The Betty and Dr. Page Talley Family Counseling Clinic was named and dedicated.


June 2007 - The KAP moved into new space at the CEC building thanks to generous donation, from Leo Govoni, Director of the Center for Special Needs Trust Administration, Inc., and Linda and John Kelly.


March 4, 2008 - The Vickie and Dan Renshaw Early Childhood Center was named and dedicated.


April 18, 2008 - The Clinical Education Complex was renamed for Suzanne Vitale at the urging of Leo Govoni, Director of the Center for Special Needs Trust Administration, Inc. Ms. Vitale was honored due to her major support for the CEC initiative, her ability to share her vision with others and garner their support for the center, and her passion and dedication to children with special needs within our community.


April 29, 2011 - Suzanne Vitale CEC conducts first CEC-wide Family Summit involving all CEC programs.


May 2011 - Dr. Richard Dressler, Director of the Preston Family Foundation Brain Injury Resource Program, was appointed by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to a 3-year term on the Kentucky Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, which licenses and promulgates professional standards for the state's speech/language/audiology professionals.


June 2011 - The Vickie and Dan Renshaw Early Childhood Center received initial accreditation for its outstanding program from the National Association for the Education of Young Children for a five-year period.  Only 105 Kentucky programs bear this designation; they serve 8,291 students state-wide.  The Renshaw Center becomes the only NAEYC accredited program in the Bowling Green area.




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