Presidential Search

Seeking the 35th President of Kentucky Wesleyan College

Kentucky Wesleyan College, a liberal arts institution that prepares students intellectually, spiritually, and physically to achieve success in life, seeks an outstanding leader as its 35th President. The College is located in Owensboro, Ky., the business and cultural hub of western Kentucky, which is situated on the banks of the Ohio River. Founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1858, Kentucky Wesleyan is an environment where student success is the top priority. Students learn to think critically, communicate effectively and live ethically in a complex and rapidly changing world. Kentucky Wesleyan offers 29 majors and 13 preprofessional curriculums to 738 full-time, on-campus students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1. These programs are organized within four academic divisions: Fine Arts & Humanities, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Professional Studies, and Social Sciences. Students and faculty value Kentucky Wesleyan’s small community and intimate classroom settings for the personal attention given to student progress and cultivation of critical thinking skills.

Kentucky Wesleyan College was ranked No. 15 in the nation in the Baccalaureate Colleges category of the 2018 Washington Monthly College Rankings, based on their contribution to social mobility, research, and promoting public service. College Consensus also recognized Wesleyan with the No. 2 ranking in the Best Colleges and Universities in Kentucky for 2018, while Princeton Review named the College “Best in the Southeast” for the 15th consecutive year. Kentucky Wesleyan is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees and is approved by the University Senate of the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry as a United Methodist-related academic institution. The Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers compete in the NCAA Division II and are members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

Kentucky Wesleyan College is proud to partner with Academic Search, one of the leading higher education executive search firms, based in Washington, D.C. Academic Search will handle advertising of the position and the acceptance and vetting of applications, and will provide the Presidential Search Committee with materials covering those who meet the advertised criteria.

  • Presidential Search Committee

    • The Kentucky Wesleyan College Presidential Search Committee features the Executive Committee of the College’s Board of Trustees, as well as the alumni, faculty and student representatives of the board. Committee members are tasked with reviewing candidate profiles to narrow applicants to the finalist list and conduct interviews.
    • Hon. Philip J. Shepherd, Board of Trustees Chair
      Sherry (Miller) Feldpausch ’83,
      Board of Trustees Chair-Elect
      Deborah (Carter) Dearing ’79,
      Board of Trustees Secretary and Chair of Committee on Student Life and Academic Affairs
      Jeff White ’72,
      Board of Trustees Treasurer and Chair of Committee on Finance and Administration
      Dennis Jewett, Board of Trustees Faculty Representative/Associate Professor of Music and Director of Voice and Music Education
      Sam Taylor ’97, Board of Trustees Alumni Representative/Alumni Association President
      Kylie Foster ’20, Board of Trustees Student Representative
      TBD, Cabinet/Staff Representative
  • Owensboro, Kentucky

    • Learn more about the community Kentucky Wesleyan calls home. Owensboro is Kentucky’s fourth-largest city, nestled on a scenic bend of the Ohio River in western Kentucky. Owensboro is the culinary and cultural hub of western Kentucky, with a wide variety of wonderfully delicious, locally owned restaurants and a thriving arts community.
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Presidential Search Related News and Information

Kentucky Wesleyan Welcomes Dr. Gene Tice as Interim President (June 2, 2019) 

Kentucky Wesleyan President Barton D. Darrell ’84, J.D. Resigns  (May 2, 2019)

Special Message from President Darrell (May 2, 2019)

Images of the Kentucky Wesleyan College Campus, Activities and Downtown Owensboro