Kentucky Wesleyan College receives $30,000 gift

Contribution from Lydia Dorman ’82 to benefit General Scholarship Fund

Lydia Dorman, senior vice president of human resources for The Coca-Cola (Japan) Company in Tokyo, and a 1982 telecommunications graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College, has contributed $30,000 to the school’s General Scholarship Fund, as announced by President Barton D. Darrell.  She began her career with The Walt Disney Company and Toyota Motor Manufacturing before joining Coca-Cola in 1995.  Over the last 21 years, she has held international posts in England, Ireland, Denmark and Canada before assuming her current role in 2010.  The Coca-Cola Foundation’s Employee Matching Gifts Program increased the impact of Ms. Dorman’s investment.

Lydia Dorman“I feel privileged to give back to Kentucky Wesleyan College, an institution that has been gifting me for over 30 years,” says Ms. Dorman. The College gave me a solid foundation through a breadth of studies and experiences that only a liberal arts curriculum can provide. I am also privileged to work for a company which at the core of its operations and culture is committed to the continued growth of vibrant and sustainable local communities and educational institutions. I encourage my fellow alumni to see and utilize matching gifts programs with their employers that will enhance their donations to our College.”

“Lydia Dorman and I attended Wesleyan during the same time period,” remembers President Darrell.  She was a brilliant student, so it is no surprise that she would be successful at such extraordinary levels.  Knowing her character, it is also no surprise that Lydia would choose to give back to her alma mater to ensure that others have the opportunities that she had for a great Kentucky Wesleyan education.  We are grateful for her friendship and loyalty to Wesleyan. She embodies ‘The Wesleyan Way.’”

Ms. Dorman was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and earned a master’s degree in corporate communication from Western Kentucky University, with an emphasis in training and development.  In April of this year, she served as Wesleyan’s 2016 Commencement speaker.