Dr. Thomas Mitzel was named the 35th president of Kentucky Wesleyan College in September 2019 and began his role in January 2020.
Dr. Mitzel came to Kentucky Wesleyan from Dickinson State University where he grew enrollments and forged new financial pathways since 2015. During a distinguished career in higher education, Dr. Mitzel has excelled in every academic setting: as a scholar and faculty member, an associate provost, a dean of Natural Sciences, a provost of a nationally ranked liberal arts college, and as President of a small state university. A native of South Dakota, he has accomplished much at Dickinson State, including bolstering the University’s Foundation, gaining the confidence of the business community, and building relationships with all constituencies at the University. Notably, he led the University to a top ranking in economic mobility for its students, and it is now one of the leading institutions in the country for the upward mobility of students who come from families in the bottom 20% of income.
“I am deeply impressed by the strength of Kentucky Wesleyan College in such a well-rounded manner,” said Dr. Mitzel. “The academic programs are some of the best in the nation. Students are also offered the opportunity to be leaders outside the classroom by participation in athletics, community service and pursuing a relationship of their deeper selves and the human existence.”
The Honorable Phillip Shepherd, chair of the Kentucky Wesleyan College Board of Trustees, said “As board chair, I am delighted to welcome Dr. Tom Mitzel to the Kentucky Wesleyan family. He has had a brilliant academic career as a top leader in some of the best liberal arts schools in the country. He has a track record as a very student-centered leader who engages students, faculty, staff and the community in the quest for academic excellence. As a first-generation college graduate and student-athlete who competed at the varsity level, he will also be a great role model for our students. We know he will exemplify the values of The Wesleyan Way and build bridges with the community of Owensboro to build a great future for our institution.”
Dr. Thomas Mitzel