Kentucky Wesleyan College
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MottoIt's About Success
TypePrivate Liberal Arts College
Religious affiliationUnited Methodist Church
Endowment$23.2 million[1]
PresidentDr.Craig Turner
Academic staffMore than 88 percent of faculty have a Ph.D. or terminal degree
Students834 as of 2009
LocationOwensboro, Kentucky, USA
Campus55 acre (.22 km²) campus near the southern bypass
Athletics17 Division II NCAA teams
ColorsPurple and white

Kentucky Wesleyan College (KWC) is a private Methodist college in Owensboro, a city on the Ohio River, in the U.S. state of Kentucky. KWC is east of Evansville, Indiana, north of Nashville, Tennessee, west of Louisville, Kentucky, and east of St. Louis, Missouri. Daviess County is home to 94,000 residents.

Kentucky Wesleyan College is known for its liberal arts programs. Fall 2009 enrollment was 843 students.[2]

Athletically, Kentucky Wesleyan College is a NCAA Division II school, nicknamed the Panthers, that is part of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Starting in the 2013-2014 academic season the Panthers will be competing in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, abbreviated as the G-MAC.[3]

Kentucky Wesleyan will be charter members of the newest NCAA Division II athletic conference along with Cedarville University, Central State University, Trevecca Nazarene University, and Ursuline College.


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 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 for the first time. In 1951, the school moved to its present location in Kentucky's fourth largest city, Owensboro.


Kentucky Wesleyan offers 40 majors and 11 pre-professional curricula and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. Academics are divided into three divisions: Humanities and Fine Arts; Social Sciences; and Natural Sciences.

Kentucky Wesleyan College now also offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration 100% Online.[1] Tuition for the online business degree is extremely competitive and affordable. Financial aid is available for all students who qualify.

Student lifeEdit

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 offered on a seasonal basis.

Media and publicationsEdit

  • The Panogram — weekly student newspaper
  • The Porphyrian — yearbook
  • 90.3 WKWC — 5,000 watt FM radio station run by students and volunteers

Greek lifeEdit

Kentucky Wesleyan has two national fraternities and three national sororities.




The Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers compete in NCAA Division II and are members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. KWC announced it will be leaving the GLVC after the 2012-2013 season.[4] They will join the GMAC.

Intercollegiate men's teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, football, soccer, and will be implementing modern era indoor and outdoor track and field teams beginning in the 2012-2013 academic season. Women compete in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and will also be implementing modern era indoor and outdoor track and field teams in the 2012-2013 academic season.

The men's basketball team advanced to the Division II championship game six consecutive years (1998–2003), winning in 1999 and 2001 under the direction of Ray Harper.[5] In addition to these successes, they 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 alumniEdit


College presidents include:[6]

  • Rev. Charles Taylor, A.M., M.D., D.D., 1866-70
  • A. G. Murphy (Acting) 1869-1870
  • Rev. Benjamin. Arbogast, A.M., 1870-73
  • John Darby, Ph.D., 1873-75
  • Rev. Thomas. J. Dodd, D.D., 1875-76
  • Rev. William. H. Anderson, A.M., M.D., D.D., 1876-79
  • David. W. Batson, A.M., 1879-83
  • Rev. Alexander Redd. A.M., D.D., 1883-84
  • David. W. Batson, A.M., 1884-93
  • Benjamin. T. Spencer, A.M., Chairman of the Faculty, 1893-95
  • Rev. Eugene. 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. James. L. Clark, A.B., D.D., LL.D., 1911-19
  • William B. Campbell, 1919-1924
  • U. V. W. Darlington, 1924-1925
  • David C. Hull, 1925-1928
  • Walter C. Cropper (Acting), 1928-1929
  • Clarence M. Dannelly, 1929-1937
  • Reginald V. Bennett, 1932-1937
  • 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 E. James, 1971–1979
  • Dr. Luther Wesley White III, 1979–1988
  • Dr. Paul Wayne Hartman, 1988–1993
  • Dr. Ray Purdom (Interim) 1993–1994
  • Dr. Wesley H. Poling, 1994–2003
  • Dr. Anne Cairns Federlein, 2003–2008
  • Dr. M. Michael Fagan, (interim) 2008
  • Dr. Cheryl King '70, 2008–2011
  • Dr. Craig Turner 2011-Present


External linksEdit

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