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Ruth Ann Cocanougher said that she always wanted to work at St. Catharine College. Late last month the Washington County native got that opportunity when she accepted the position of Treasurer at St. Catharine on Oct. 26.
“I love college campuses and it is exciting to be around the students,” said Cocanougher who came to St. Catharine after 11 years as Chief Finance Officer/Treasurer at the Washington County Board of Education.
Cocanougher is definitely no stranger to St. Catharine. Her mom attended school there and her uncle, Richard S. Hamilton, has been actively involved at the institution for decades and carries the distinction of a building with his name on it, the Richard S. Hamilton Health and Science Building. Her brother Danny Nally is a former SCC student and Ruth Ann remembers taking painting and exercise classes at St. Catharine.
Before her tenure with the Washington County School system Cocanougher worked as a loan officer at Area Bank (now B B &T) and previous to that as Credit Union Manager/President of Brown-Forman Corporation.
“My responsibilities will be very similar to what I have been doing,” added Cocanougher of her new position. “I am very happy to have this opportunity. I have known Bill Huston (St. Catharine President) from our membership in Rotary and Roger Marcum (Executive Vice-President) from his work as superintendent at Marion County.”
Cocanougher earned her Bachelor Degree and her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Louisville. She and her husband Tim, who is Commonwealth Attorney and an adjunct professor in criminal justice at St. Catharine, live in Springfield. They have three children, Matthew who is a second year law student, Benjamin who is a junior at Centre College and Sarah who is a sophomore at Bethlehem High School.
“We are very happy to have someone with the credentials of Ruth Ann join us,” said Bill Huston. “She is a great addition to the St. Catharine College staff.”