Why I Give – Walter Lee ’75

Why did you attend KWC?
After graduating from high school, I was offered a few athletic scholarships (tennis and basketball) from other schools. After touring the KWC campus, meeting other students, and spending time with the athletic staff, my parents and I decided Kentucky Wesleyan College was the best place for me with the small student/teacher ratio. The distance from home (Princeton, Ky.) made it easier for my family to attend my athletic events.

What are special memories of your years here as a student?
Winning the 1973 National Basketball Championship and celebrating with the whole community was great. The special memories of creating a bond of brotherly love between the 18-20 of us on the championship squad. That bond continues today, and the friendships continue to make life happy for all of us.

Kentucky Wesleyan College announces Dr. Thomas Mitzel as 35th president

Kentucky Wesleyan College is proud to announce that Dr. Thomas Mitzel will serve as the institution’s 35th president. Dr. Mitzel has grown enrollments and forged new financial pathways as the president of Dickinson State University (N.D.), a position he has held since 2015. Dr. Mitzel will officially join Kentucky Wesleyan College on Jan. 2, 2020.

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.

Regarding Kentucky Wesleyan, Dr. Mitzel said “I am deeply impressed by the strength of Kentucky Wesleyan College in such a well-rounded manner. 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.”

Kentucky Wesleyan offers travel opportunity to Cuba

Kentucky Wesleyan College is once again offering a study trip to Cuba from Oct. 10-17, 2020. The trip is open to the public and includes opportunities to explore the island and its history and culture and get to know the people of Cuba. The expedition is designed for naturalists and lovers of the arts, history and architecture and includes a diverse itinerary with comfortable accommodations and tasty Cuban cuisine. The popular event is the sixth trip to Cuba offered by the College, and there are a limited number of reservations available.

Click here for more details on the trip, itinerary and to register.

For further information please contact Dr. Ken Ayers, Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice, Criminology and Law at

Kentucky Wesleyan College Ranked a Best Regional College in the South by U.S. News & World Report

Kentucky Wesleyan College has again been named one of the Best Regional Colleges in the South in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Wesleyan was No. 16 in the South as a Best Regional College, the highest ranking in the Commonwealth.

“Kentucky Wesleyan is proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report,” said Interim President Dr. Gene Tice. “This ranking is a tribute to the excellent work by the faculty and staff and should be celebrated by our entire Wesleyan family, including the Owensboro/Daviess County community.”

The U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Colleges rankings feature 372 Regional Colleges – including 168 public institutions, 191 private schools and 13 for-profits – that focus on undergraduate education but grant less than 50% of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. Regional Colleges are further divided and ranked in four geographical groups: North, South, Midwest and West. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. A total of 84 institutions were ranked as Best Regional Colleges in the South.

Kentucky Wesleyan was also recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Regional Colleges South Top Performers on Social Mobility.

The U.S. News & World Report ranking rounds out a series of recent national and regional recognition for the College. Kentucky Wesleyan was recently recognized as “Best in the Southeast” for a 16th consecutive year by Princeton Review and ranked among the nation’s top Bachelor’s Colleges in Washington Monthly’s 2019 College Rankings. College Consensus has also recognized Wesleyan in several categories, including 2019 Best Colleges and Universities, Top 100 Best Small Colleges, Best Regional Colleges-South and Best Colleges and Universities in Kentucky.

Kentucky Wesleyan College is a highly ranked United Methodist-related four-year institution in Owensboro, Ky. At Wesleyan, students enjoy one-to-one relationships with professors, a rigorous academic environment and vibrant campus life experience.

Kentucky Wesleyan College Opens New Academic Year with Fifth Consecutive Increase in Enrollment

Kentucky Wesleyan College has announced an increase in enrollment for the 2019-20 academic year, the College’s fifth consecutive year of enrollment growth. The total headcount is 841, which includes all full- and part-time students on campus and online. Wesleyan’s total full-time face-to-face enrollment for the Fall 2019 term is 780, which is a 5.4% increase from 2018. Over the last three years, enrollment has grown over 15%.

“I am incredibly proud of our dedicated faculty and staff who make Kentucky Wesleyan a destination of choice for students,” said Interim President Dr. Gene Tice. “Our Admissions team has continued to successfully recruit students who want to be a part of the momentum here, and everyone plays a role in the innovative retention programs we have introduced and continue to develop. Our students appreciate the many experiential learning opportunities available in Owensboro. These advantages attract excellent students and make us proud to call this community our home.”

Get to Know Our New Director of Alumni Relations

We are pleased to welcome Summer Crick ’14 back to campus as the director of alumni relations. Take a few minutes to learn more about Summer here, and better yet, stop by the Martin Alumni Center and attend upcoming alumni events to meet her.

Why did you choose to attend KWC?
“My best friend, Sara Fleischmann ’15, and I had made plans to attend a large state university, but we had some ‘college days’ to burn in high school, so we planned a visit to KWC just to visit our Madisonville friends who were already students at Wesleyan . . . On the ride home the next day, we were both really quiet and finally, we both blurted out that we wanted to come to KWC, and that was that. KWC has felt like home from the minute we stepped on campus.”

Kentucky Wesleyan College to celebrate Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend 2019 on Sept. 20-22

Kentucky Wesleyan College will celebrate Homecoming 2019 on campus and throughout the Owensboro community the weekend of Sept. 20-22. The weekend coincides with the College’s Fall Family Weekend celebration, and events surround the Panthers’ home football game versus Southwestern Baptist on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. CT.

“We are looking forward to a special weekend of revisiting past memories and creating new ones,” said Eddie Kenny, vice president of advancement. “The theme of this year’s Homecoming is ‘Celebrate!’ As an institution, we have much to celebrate including the recent growth and accolades and our proud history of 161 years. We invite all of Owensboro to join the celebration and enjoy Homecoming at Kentucky Wesleyan.”

Homecoming activities include the Golden Jubilee celebrations for the Class of 1969’s 50th Reunion, Campus Ministries’ build-a-bed service project and ministry, a golf scramble at The Pearl Club benefiting the Panther baseball program, the Wesleyan Singers’ annual Homecoming concert, the Panther Tailgate, and more. Fall Family Weekend activities will be a part of the celebrations, offering family-friendly events such as a Friday night bonfire.

Kentucky Wesleyan Welcomes Senator Joe Bowen

Former State Senator Joe Bowen of Owensboro will teach a 300 level class at Kentucky Wesleyan College this fall – “Advanced State and Local Government.”

“This is my first foray into teaching a college class,” said Bowen. “The syllabus is ready, and I can’t wait to get started. It will be about how the sausage of public policy is made and how the process works.”

Associate Professor of Political Science Eric Schmidt, Ph.D., remarked, “Mr. Bowen spoke last year at the invitation of the Stanley Reed Pre-Law and Political Science Club, and his friendly and open demeanor sparked interest from our students. He also spoke to my state and local politics course in the spring, again with great success. I suggested he teach a practical hands-on course that would take advantage of his experience and contacts in Kentucky government. Our students are going to have a phenomenal experience.”

Wesleyan Women of Distinction – Dr. Amelia “Amy” Jacobs ’74

“After I graduated from KWC, I moved back to Louisville and enrolled in graduate school. I was taking chemistry classes and doing peptide research when I decided to apply to dental school. My dad had always teased me that he wanted me to be an orthodontist because my braces had cost him too much. I was accepted into dental school and knew I had to be at the top of the class to go on to a postgraduate program in orthodontics. It was a challenge, but my perseverance paid off, and I graduated from dental school and received my license to practice dentistry in 1980 and orthodontic certificate and license in 1982.”

Wesleyan Panther Career Ally Program Benefits Students for a Lifetime

Kayce Dallas ’19 began the second semester of her junior year with lots of questions. “I was considering education and becoming a school counselor, but wasn’t sure, and I needed help thinking it through,” she explained. Enter Lauren (Bishop) Wood ’08, who became a mentor in the Wesleyan Panther Career Ally Program (CAP) that semester.

“When I heard about the Panther CAP, it sparked my interest,” remembered Lauren. “My professors were great, but as a graduate I realized I had an additional need as a student – someone outside the campus with similar interests who was available to answer my questions and help guide me along. I wanted to offer that support to a current student.” Lauren is a school counselor at Hopkins County Central High School in Madisonville.