Kentucky Wesleyan College
A Newsletter for Our Alumni and Friends // September 2016
President Darrell Agrees to Board's Offer of Five-Year Contract Extension



President Barton D. Darrell became the thirty-fourth president of Kentucky Wesleyan on Sept. 16, 2014, after serving as vice president of external services for one year. He agreed to a five-year extension of his contract on Aug. 11

"We could not be happier with the direction of the College under the visionary leadership of President Darrell."
                                              Rev. Dr. Tom Grieb
                                              Chair, Board of Trustees

"I am humbled by the board's wish that I agree to extend the length of my service with my alma mater. I owe Kentucky Wesleyan College so much for what it did for me personally and professionally. I am privileged to work with an incredible team . . ."
                                              President Darrell

Read the media release here and the Messenger-Inquirer article  here. A video of the news conference is found at both links.
Wesleyan Welcomes Class of 2020
The Class of 2020 kicked off their college experience with a family picnic and four days of orientation, which included community service and a tour of beautiful downtown Owensboro. Classes began Aug. 24.

See photos of Move-In Day here and freshman orientation here.


See Messenger-Inquirer coverage here.


Don't miss this chance to visit our beautiful campus, reconnect with old friends and make new memories. Find out more here.
Jeffrey D. White '72
Glen Allen, Va.

"I give to Wesleyan so others can experience what I did at Wesleyan. I appreciate the College and what it did for me more now than I did when I was a student. Kentucky Wesleyan matured me and inspired me, and I learned how to think while there. Private colleges offer something special, and I benefited from the experience. Private colleges need support. I owe it to Wesleyan to give back. I have to give back."

White recently established the White-Schmeal Endowed Scholarship to honor his friend and former college roommate, Charles "Chuck" Schmeal '72. The scholarship will be awarded each year to a student majoring in a business discipline. 

Learn more about Jeff White, recently retired as president and CEO of Jefco, Inc. in Glen Allen, Va., here.
Dr. Diane Earle Honored with Endowed Scholarship
Kentucky Wesleyan and the Owensboro community honored Dr. Diane Earle with the announcement at Opening Convocation of an endowed scholarship for music students in her name. Funds for the Dr. Diane Earle Endowed Scholarship were raised
by alumni and friends of the College.

"Our students are influenced by her intellect, experiences, and passion for music and . . . her love and enjoyment of people and life."
President Barton D. Darrell

Read the media release and Messenger-Inquirer article here.


Eddie Kenny Named Senior Director of Alumni Relations

Eddie Kenny joined the advancement team on Aug. 4 after serving as director of alumni and parent relations at Saint Leo University in Tampa, Fla., since 2010. 

"President Darrell has assembled a winning leadership team, and I am humbled to serve alongside so many talented and passionate individuals. From the moment I stepped foot on campus, it felt like home, and my family is looking forward to establishing new roots in the Owensboro community."
                                      Eddie Kenny
                                      Senior Director of Alumni Relations 

Read the media release here.
Learn more about Eddie Kenny here
Kentucky Wesleyan College Recognized by The Princeton Review and Washington Monthly

For the 13th year in a row, Kentucky Wesleyan is one of the best colleges in the Southeast, according to The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company lists Wesleyan among its "Best in the Southeast" schools. The "regional best" lists constitute the top 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

Washington Monthly recognized the College as the top institution for a bachelor's degree in Kentucky, and No. 33 in the nation. This set of rankings is based on an institution's contribution to the public good in three categories: social mobility, research and service.

Read the media release here.


Record Crowd for Wesleyan's Friday After 5
 on Aug. 26

                                                                                          Photos courtesy of Kirk Kirkpatrick with Friday After 5
A record crowd painted the town purple and enjoyed great music, fellowship and fun on a perfect summer night, and the Department of Athletics unveiled a fresh brand identity with the College's new athletic logos.
Enjoy more Friday After 5 photos here
A New Look for Panther Athletics
"We sought to create a new mark to establish a consistent brand for Kentucky Wesleyan Athletics and connect the visual direction of the College," shared Athletic Director Rob Mallory. "This new brand achieves that and pays tribute to the past with a modern, fresh look."

The Panther mark is similar to the previous logo with a strong, sharp image and clear facial features to soften the transition from the old look, which is still displayed in prominent locations across campus. Wesleyan's hats and helmets will include the newly designed "W" to maintain and enhance the brand equity and tie the College to its proud traditions.

Read the media release about the new athletic brand identity here.
Welcome to the President's Circle!
President's Circle Logo
The President's Circle recognizes those who invest in Kentucky Wesleyan College at a level of $1,000 or more for the current fiscal year.  Please welcome our newest members, who have joined or renewed their membership (as of August 31, 2016).

Ben '59 and Linda '59 Abbott
Kenneth '61 and Rhoda '61 Bell
James and Ann Call
Roger '63 and Jan Clark
First United Methodist Church of Henderson
Darrell and Denise Higginbotham
J. Rogers Badgett Sr. Foundation
Neil Jesse '62
Ann Kincheloe
Allen '60 and Penny Kirtley
William '58 and Janice Lacefield
Lawrence Augusta Hager Educational Foundation
Mitchell '92 and Laurie '92 Major
Jerry '60 and June Miller
Robert '60 and Vivian '60 Rice
Dick '67 and Barbara '65 Romer
Keith '65 and Elissa Sanders
Charles '72 and Nancy '71 Schmeal
A.J. Smith '71
Merrylen Sparks '57
Wesley Whistle '12
Sarah Williams Williams '60
Fred Wright '80

Learn more about the President's Circle here.

Constitution Day
Stanley Reed Presentation
Monday, Sept. 12
7 p.m.
Rogers Hall, Winchester Center
Is it constitutional to ban Muslims under the U.S. Constitution?

Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes
Brandeis School of Law
University of Louisville

This event is sponsored by the Stanley Reed Pre-Law and Politics Society. 

Stanley Forman Reed (1884-1980), a 1902 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan, was a noted attorney who served as United States Solicitor General from 1935-1938 and as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1938-1957. 

Learn more about Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes here.

Dr. Diane Earle to Perform in North Carolina and Maryland

Sept. 30
2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
University of North Carolina-Asheville
Location TBA 
For more information on the Sept. 30 events, contact Dr. Earle at or 270-852-3617.

Oct. 7
  7 p.m.
The Mansion at Strathmore
North Bethesda, Md. 

Dinner with Dr. Earle for Wesleyan alumni and friends at Seasons 52 in North Bethesda.

For more information on the Oct. 7 events, contact Senior Director of Alumni Relations Eddie Kenny at or 270-852-3146.

Panthers vs. Louisville
Nov. 3  KFC Yum! Center, Louisville
Time and tickets TBA

Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic
Ford Center, Evansville
Panthers vs. Lincoln Memorial University, Nov. 18
Panthers vs. University of Southern Indiana, Nov. 19
See for information and tickets

Cheer for the Panthers!


Sept. 9
Volleyball vs. Oakland City
11 a.m.
Jones Gym
Volleyball vs. Tiffin
3 p.m.
Jones Gym
Sept. 10
Volleyball vs. Glenville State
11 a.m.
Jones Gym
Football Home Opener vs. Davidson
1 p.m.
Steele Stadium
Volleyball vs. Bluefield State
3 p.m.
Jones Gym
Sept. 12
Tennis vs. Southern Indiana
6 p.m.
Moreland Park
Sept. 13
Tennis vs. Oakland City
6 p.m.
Moreland Park
Volleyball vs. Brescia
7 p.m.
Jones Gym
Sept. 15
Women's Soccer vs. Ursuline
8 p.m.
Steele Stadium
Sept. 17
Men's Soccer vs. Malone
Panther Field
Women's Soccer vs. Malone
2:30 p.m.
Panther Field
Sept. 22
Men's Soccer vs. Davis & Elkins
5:30 p.m.
Steele Stadium
Women's Soccer vs. Davis & Elkins
8 p.m.
Steele Stadium
Sept. 24
Football vs. Indianapolis
Steele Stadium
Men's Soccer vs. Alderson Broaddus
Panther Field
Tennis vs. Midway
1 p.m.
Moreland Park
Women's Soccer vs. Alderson Broaddus
2:30 p.m.
Panther Field
Sept. 30
Tennis vs. Bellarmine
4 p.m.
Moreland Park
Volleyball vs. Cedarville
7 p.m.
Jones Gym
Oct. 1
Women's Soccer vs. Trevecca
Panther Field
Football vs. Central State
1 p.m.
Steele Stadium
Volleyball vs. Ohio Valley
1 p.m.
Jones Gym
Men's Soccer vs. Trevecca
2:30 p.m.
Panther Field
Oct. 2
Tennis vs. Illinois-Springfield
10 a.m.
Moreland Park
Don't Miss
These Other
Sept. 7
Panther Pianists
11:30 a.m.
Fern Terra
1415 W. First St.

Sept. 8
Panther Pianists
11:30 a.m.
3740 Old Hartford Rd.

Sept. 9-10
Baseball Alumni Weekend
Call Coach Todd Lillpop at  270-993-3490 or

Sept. 15
Panther Pianists
Roosevelt House II
530 Yale Place

Sept. 21
Panther Pianists
11:30 a.m.
Park Regency
5058 Back Square Dr.

Sept. 22
Panther Pianists
11:30 a.m.
Heritage Place
3362 Buckland Square

Sept. 28
Panther Pianists
11:30 a.m.
Roosevelt House I
2920 Yale Place

Sept. 29
Panther Pianists
11:30 a.m.
Elizabeth Munday Senior Center
1650 W. Second St. 

Oct. 5
Panther Pianists
11:30 a.m.
Fern Terra
1415 W. First St.
Oct. 19
Ellie Magnuson Presentation
7:30  p.m.
"Tales from the
Jeffrey Lekson, M.D.'84, Speaker
Rogers Hall

Oct. 24
Edward L. Beavin  Presentation
7 p.m.
"Constructing Possibility:
Faith, Grammar and
Rev. Dr. William Hardy, Speaker
Location TBA

Nov. 28
Wesleyan Way Day of Service

Nov. 29
Giving Tuesday
Please contact Kathy Rutherman,  Director of Public Relations
with comments or questions  about the Wesleyan Way e-newsletter at  or  270-852-3143.