Owensboro, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2013) – Kentucky Wesleyan College President Craig Turner announces the appointment of Bowling Green attorney Barton D. Darrell as vice president for external services. He will administer development, admissions, financial aid, alumni relations and public relations functions.
Darrell is a 1984 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan, and he earned a juris doctor from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1987. He has served Kentucky Wesleyan College as a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, as president of the Alumni Association and as an adjunct professor in business law.
“We are pleased to welcome Bart to campus in this new role. He knows the College well and loves Kentucky Wesleyan and Owensboro,” stated Dr. Turner. “We welcome his experiences, insights, energy and leadership acumen.”
Darrell has been associated with the law firm of Bell, Orr, Ayers & Moore in Bowling Green since 1987, becoming a partner in the firm in 1991. He has represented school districts throughout Kentucky, including the Daviess County Public Schools and the Warren County Public Schools, where he has served as general counsel since 2011. He has served as president of the Bowling Green-Warren County Bar Association, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bowling Green-Warren County Chamber of Commerce, a founding director of the board of the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, chairman of the board for the American Red Cross, a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Volunteer Services, a member of the board of Leadership Kentucky and in numerous other public service capacities. Darrell was also appointed by the governor to serve on Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education for four years and was the vice-chair in 2004.
Darrell was named “Kentucky’s Outstanding Young Lawyer” by the Kentucky Bar Association and one of forty “New Leaders for the 21st Century” for Kentucky by the Louisville Courier-Journal, Lexington Herald-Leader and the Shakertown Roundtable. He received the “Gwen Davis Award” from the Bowling Green-Warren County Bar Association for his commitment to public service and community spirit and the “Clara Barton Honor Award for Meritorious Volunteer Leadership” by the American Red Cross.
His father, Dr. Bob Darrell, is a professor emeritus of English at Kentucky Wesleyan College, where he taught from 1969 – 2000. The Darrell PLUS Center, which offers tutoring, workshops and individual assistance to students, is named in his honor.
“I grew up in the halls and on the grounds of Wesleyan,” remarked Bart Darrell, “and I’m excited, yet humbled, to serve the College that has meant so much to my life and to the lives of my family members. Particularly in these times, private, faith-based higher education has never been more relevant to individual and societal success, and Kentucky Wesleyan has a rich tradition of helping students build great lives for themselves.
I am looking forward to collaborating with our outstanding faculty and staff, and most of all, interacting with our students. A key to success for the next generation includes preparation for careers, opportunities and challenges that currently exist and for those no one can yet imagine. The College does this well, and I am honored to be a part of the Wesleyan mission.”