Ashland University Band Director Honored

Len Salvo, left, poses with Kim and Jay Hartz.

10/25/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University Director of Bands Leonard Salvo was presented the honorary title of Kentucky Colonel by the State of Kentucky at the band reception/reunion at AU’s homecoming on Oct. 12.

As representatives of the State of Kentucky, former band members Jay and Kim Hartz presented the award to Salvo.

Commissions for Kentucky Colonels are given by the Kentucky Governor and the Secretary of State to individuals in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or the nation. 

To obtain a Kentucky Colonel Commission, an applicant must be recommended by an individual who holds a Colonel Commission. Jay Hartz, an AU graduate and band alumnus who now serves as deputy chief of staff for Senate Republicans for the State of Kentucky, nominated Salvo. 

Among the ranks of the Kentucky Colonels are distinguished leaders such as Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan and English Prime Minister Winston Churchill, volunteer firemen and teachers - people from all walks of life who have performed in an extraordinary manner.

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels does not appoint or commission Kentucky Colonels. That can only be done by the sitting governor of the Commonwealth. Only the governor knows the reason for bestowing the honor of a Colonel’s Commission on any particular individual.

One recent Governor made this comment about the qualities he considered, “Each time I have the pleasure of bestowing a membership to this exceptional organization on an individual, the great tradition established by Kentucky’s first governor, Isaac Shelby, lives on. The name Kentucky Colonel has become synonymous with strength of character, leadership and dedication to the welfare of others. Just as Isaac Shelby declared his trusted militia members to be his Kentucky Colonels, I see in you those things that place others above self.”

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###