On Wednesday, November 4, 1987, the Faculty Senate voted to approve an Honors Program to attract high achieving students in Kentucky.  The Board of Regents subsequently approved the proposal on Saturday, January 16, 1988.  The first 34 students entered the program beginning in the fall semester of 1988 under the direction of Dr. Bonnie Gray , a Professor of Philosophy who was appointed by then- President Funderburk in April of that year.  Dr. Gray retired in 2008 having served as a well-known and beloved Director of the Program for 20 years. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and capped by a Senior Thesis project. Students who successfully complete all program requirements receive the "Honors Scholar" designation on their diplomas.