Kentucky Wesleyan College: Wikis


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Kentucky Wesleyan College
KWC Seal.png
Motto It's About Success
Established 1858
Type Private Liberal Arts College
President Dr. Cheryl D. King
Students 956
Location Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Campus 55 acre (.22 km²) campus near the southern bypass
Athletics 13 Division II NCAA teams
Colors Purple and white
Mascot Panthers

Kentucky Wesleyan College (KWC) is a private Methodist college in Owensboro, Kentucky. Kentucky Wesleyan College is known for its liberal arts programs. Fall 2007 enrollment was 956 students.[1]

Athletically, Kentucky Wesleyan College is a NCAA Division II school, nicknamed the Panthers, that is part of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.



Kentucky Wesleyan College was founded in 1858 by the Kentucky Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. It was originally located in Millersburg. Classes began in 1866 and the first commencement took place in 1868. At first, it was a training school for preachers but soon business classes and liberal arts classes were added to the curriculum. In 1890 the school was moved to Winchester and soon after women began to be admitted to the school for the first time. In 1951 the school moved to its present location in Kentucky's third largest city Owensboro.


Academics at Kentucky Wesleyan are divided into three academic divisions: Humanities and Fine Arts; Social Sciences; and Natural Sciences.

Kentucky Wesleyan also offers Secondary Education Certification in Biology, Chemistry, English, History, and Math.

Student life

Kentucky Wesleyan offers over 40 student organizations on campus. These range from campus ministry, student government, Greek life, academic, and other special interest clubs. Intramurals are also offered on a seasonal basis.


Media and publications

The Panogram - Weekly student newspaper
The Porphyrian - Yearbook
90.3 WKWC - 5,000 watt FM radio station run by students and volunteers

Greek life

Kentucky Wesleyan has 3 national fraternities and 2 national sororities.


Sigma Alpha Mu
Sigma Nu
Sigma Phi Epsilon


Kappa Delta
Sigma Kappa


Kentucky Wesleyan competes in the NCAA Division II and Great Lakes Valley Conference.

The men's basketball team advanced to the Division II championship game six consecutive years (1998–2003), winning in 1999 and 2001. In addition to these most recent successes, they also won six other championships (1966, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1987, and 1990) and were runners-up in 1957. Overall, Kentucky Wesleyan has won eight NCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Championships, which is the most by any NCAA Division II School.

Notable alumni


College presidents include:[2]

  • Rev. Charles Taylor, A.M., M.D., D.D., 1866-70
  • Rev. B. Arbogast, A.M., 1870-73
  • John Darby, Ph.D., 1873-75
  • Rev. T. J. Dodd, D.D., 1875-76
  • Rev. W. H. Anderson, A.M., M.D., D.D., 1876-79
  • D. W. Batson, A.M., 1879-83
  • Rev. Alexander Redd. A.M., D.D., 1883-84
  • D. W. Batson, A.M., 1884-93
  • B. T. Spencer, A.M., Chairman of the Faculty, 1893-95
  • Rev. E. H. Pearce, A.M., D.D., 1895-1900
  • executive duties administered by faculty, 1900-01
  • Rev. John Langdon Weber, D.D., Lit.D., 1901-06
  • Henry Kirby Taylor, A.M., 1906-09
  • John J. Tigert, A.B., A.M. (Oxon.), 1909-11
  • Rev. J. L. Clark, A.B., D.D., LL.D., 1911-16
  • List is incomplete 1916-1937
  • Rev. Paul Shell Powell, 1937–1950
  • John F. Baggett, 1950–1951
  • Dr. Oscar W. Lever, 1951–1959
  • Dr. Harold P. Hamilton, 1959–1970
  • Dr. William James, 1971–1980
  • Dr. Luther Wesley White III, 1980–1988
  • Dr. Paul Wayne Hartman, 1988–1993
  • Dr. Ray Purdom (Acting President) 1993–1994
  • Dr. Wesley H. Poling, 1994–2003
  • Dr. Anne Cairns Federlein, 2003–2008
  • Dr. M. Michael Fagan, 2008
  • Dr. Cheryl King '70, 2008–present


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