Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2012

MAJOR, Berry ’60.  Was Alumni Director at KWC from 2001 – 2008 and initiated the Alumni Hall of Fame during his tenure. He received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin and was a part-time professor at Wingate University, Lindsey Wilson and KWC.  An active lifetime member of the United Methodist Church, he taught adult Sunday School for 39 years and was appointed lay leader at two specific churches and was a district lay leader in Charlotte, NC. He served in the United States Air Force from 1961 – 1988 and achieved the rank of major. He is a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War.  Manager of manufacturing x-ray components, he worked at General Electric for 11 years and then was vice president and general manager of North American Operations of IMO Industries for 20 years before retiring.  Berry served one year as MBA program director at the Wake Forest Graduate School of Business.  He was named the KWC Outstanding Alumni in 2005.

PICKERILL, Roy W.’75.  Entering his 23rd year as Sports Information Director (SID) at KWC, Roy Pickerill has the longest tenure of any SID in Kentucky Wesleyan College history.  He is well known and highly respected by SID’s throughout Division II as well as Division I, and served three years as Great Lakes Valley Conference Sports Information Director from 1980 to 1983.  Roy has served as media coordinator of NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball “Elite Eight” Championship for almost 20 years.  Pickerill was honored with KWC’s inaugural Alumni Service Award in 1994 and selected to Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals in 2006.  Pickerill has won 32 national awards for his athletic publications of which 20 were “Best in the Nation.”  After being honored in 1998 with the Warren Berg Award by CoSIDA (College Division Sports Information Directors of America), Pickerill was further honored by induction into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 1999.  He is the only SID from Kentucky to be inducted into this prestigious hall.  Pickerill was honored once again with his election in 2006-2007 as the inaugural president of the Division II SID Association consisting of 281 member schools.  He served for 3 straight years and has served as a College Division representative on the newly formed CoSIDA Management Council.  He received the Alumni Achievement Award in 2007.

FOSTER, K. Wayne. ’69 Foster is the CEO and founder of 14 different companies that generate millions of dollars each year. Foster learned computer skills while serving in the Air Force and put those skills to good use in starting his first company – The Systems Specialist. The software company focused on the coal industry, but later diversified as it became a partner company of IBM and took advantage of the Internet to operate coast to coast. Foster’s success came in seeing a problem, finding a way to solve it and then marketing that solution. His latest success story is American Patriot Getaways, a vacation business headquartered in Owensboro that manages and rents condominiums in the Gatlinburg area and in Naples and Marco Island, Florida. American Patriot Getaways took off after Foster couldn’t find a capable company to manage rental cabins that he owned in Gatlinburg.  Foster was named the 2005 Owensboro-Daviess County Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year.  During his tenure as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Kentucky Wesleyan, Foster provided the drive to complete the renovation of Massie Hall and construct a football stadium in partnership with Owensboro Catholic High School.  He was named Outstanding Alumni in 2008.