Leonard and Lillian Press

Kentucky Public Service Hall of Fame
2013

Founder of Kentucky Educational Television

Lillian and Len Press entered graduate school together in 1947 at Boston University. They moved to Kentucky where Len became fascinated in the power of the new technology of television to improve basic education throughout the Commonwealth. This dream and years of harvesting financial and political support would grow into KET. KET has helped unite Kentuckians with shows about the state’s arts, history, culture and public affairs . In 1961 "Lil" became a volunteer for the newly formed Central Kentucky Mental Health Association and was significant in the later development of Kentucky's' statewide mental health system of community mental health centers. Lillian Press was appointed Executive Assistant to Commissioner of Kentucky Department of Mental Health. She was recruited to organize and direct Kentucky's Governor's Scholars Program. Lil organized 28 other state Governor's Schools into the National Conference of Governor's Schools and served as its chair/president until her retirement. During her retirement, Lillian Press organized The Women's Network and served as member of the Centre College Board of Trustees for 17 years.