Marshall has served as SCC’s president and CEO since 2000. During that time, she has continually supported the festival, as well as other arts initiatives, throughout the county, region, state and nation. In 2005, Marshall played an integral role in moving MMF to the grounds of the college, where it is still being held free of charge to festival organizers.
“A person only has to walk onto SCC’s Festival Field during MMF to see the tremendous impact Dr. Marshall has had on our event,” said Tiffany Bourne, MMF board president. “Without her support, we would not have this beautiful outdoor venue at which to celebrate music and showcase our region. While the economic value of SCC’s contribution of space and staff is incredible, Dr. Marshall’s unwavering support demonstrates what is truly special about MMF — it’s community. We encourage community members and friends to come support Dr. Marshall as she receives this award.”
Marshall has volunteered her time on various arts committees for a number of organizations, including Lake Cumberland Performing Arts, the Cornelia Dozier Cooper Endowment Fund, the Kentucky Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
On campus, Marshall is known for continually supporting arts and music and is seeking funds to build a new arts and humanities building on the SCC Somerset campus. The building is envisioned to feature a full performing arts theater, an art gallery, public exhibition area, laboratories and classrooms, and possibly a state-of-the-art kitchen to expand the culinary arts program.
Marshall earned her doctoral degree from the University of Alabama in English/ administration of higher education. She served as vice president and dean of the college at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City, Alabama, until 2000 when she moved to Kentucky with her husband Scott to take the reins at SCC. Scott retired from the Alabama college system and taught economics for Eastern Kentucky University until his passing in 2011. The Marshalls have two children — daughter Kristin is a college faculty division chair, and son Scott Jr. is a physician. Marshall enjoys spending time with them and her four grandsons and one granddaughter.
In 2011, the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce named Marshall the Business Woman of the Year. She serves on the board of directors for The Center for Rural Development and the Southern Kentucky Economic Development Corporation, and the board of trustees for Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
Marshall also serves as an international facilitator for the Phi Theta Kappa/Kellogg Foundation Leadership Development Project. Phi Theta Kappa is one of the largest and most prestigious honor societies serving community colleges. The inaugural Marshall Leadership Award, named for Marshall, was presented in June 2013 at a Phi Theta Kappa convention in San Jose, California. The international award was created for Phi Theta Kappa advisors at community colleges to encourage their professional growth beyond the completion of professional degrees.
Under her leadership, SCC has been recognized for numerous awards, including being named a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a "Best Place to Work in Kentucky" for the 10th time, a Military Friendly School and a Top 120 Community College by The Aspen Institute.