WILMORE, Ky. (WTVQ) — Asbury University alumnus and former U.S. Representative Joseph R. Pitts returned to the campus on Wednesday that served as a launching pad for his career for the dedication of The Joe Pitts Center for Public Policy.
The Pitts Center expands Asbury’s civic engagement, equipping students to lead at local and national levels and serves as a repository for Pitts’ congressional papers.
In commemoration of his 20 years of service in Washington, D.C., the Center is modeled as a replica of his office and features many of his memorabilia, awards, signed letters and drawings.
Following his graduation from Asbury, Pitts worked as a school teacher and in the Air Force before entering into the world of politics.
Throughout his political career, he worked to combat human trafficking and to support religious freedom around the world.
Pitts says “I’m so privileged that Asbury will be the permanent repository of my papers and memorabilia. Asbury is not passive, it’s active; active in the community, in the country and around the world. And to have them keep the official papers that have the insights of historic events… they will keep that alive and use it to train the next generation of men and women in the art of statesmanship and public service. So, I’m very pleased.”
Pitts was joined by his wife Virginia Pratt Pitts, children, grandchildren, friends and former staff for the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony.
Pitts spoke fondly about his time at Asbury where he met and fell in love with his wife in the late 1950s.
Guests can now tour the newly opened Joe Pitts Center for Public Policy at Asbury University’s Kinlaw Library.