In addition to serving as the 21st president of the University of Pikeville, Dr. Webb is an advocate for rural America. A scientist, researcher, author and poet, Dr. Webb’s interests span the educational spectrum, from medical education, to mountain music. His work as an ambassador for Appalachia has resulted in the production of a podcast, Appalachia Rising, wherein the unique stories of people bringing innovative change to Appalachia from within the region are highlighted. This is Dr. Webb’s second time presenting at the SVI.