Mr. Loyal was Vice President of Governmental Affairs with ATMOS Energy/Mid States Division at the time he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus.

After graduating from Daviess County High School in 1967, Steve earned a degree in Political Science and Speech from Western Kentucky University. He has been on the board of directors for the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, where he served as vice chairman for advocacy. He also serves on the board of directors for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. In conjunction with that position, Mr. Loyal is chairman of the Kentucky Chamber Political Action Committee. Statewide, he serves on the executive committee of the Partnership for Common Sense Justice.