Kentucky Wesleyan College

Kentucky Wesleyan College
Motto Find Yourself
Type Private Liberal Arts College
Established 1858
Religious affiliation
United Methodist Church
Endowment $29.6 million[1]
President Barton D. Darrell[2]
Academic staff
More than 88 percent of faculty have a Ph.D. or terminal degree
Students 716 (Fall 2014)
Location Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Campus Suburban; 55 acre (.22 km²) campus near the southern bypass
Colors Purple and white
Athletics NCAA Division II
G-MAC, Independent (football)
Sports 17 varsity teams
Mascot Panthers
Affiliations IAMSCU

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 2014 enrollment was 716 students.


The Barnard-Jones Administration Building at Kentucky Wesleyan 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.[3]


Kentucky Wesleyan offers 30 majors and 12 pre-professional programs [4] and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9:1.[5] Academics are divided into four divisions: Fine Arts & Humanities, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Professional Studies, and Social Sciences.[6]

Kentucky Wesleyan College also offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology, and a Bachelor of Science in General Studies completely Online.[7] Tuition for the online business degree is extremely competitive and affordable. Financial aid is available for all students who qualify.[8]

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.[9] Intramurals are offered on a seasonal basis.

Media and publications

Greek life

Kentucky Wesleyan has three national fraternities, two national sororities and one local sorority.[10]




The Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers compete in NCAA Division II and was a charter member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. KWC is currently a charter member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) joining in the 2013-14 season. The 2014 KWC football team currently competes as an Independent NCAA Division II team after leaving the Great Lakes Valley Conference, as an associate member, after the 2013 season.

Intercollegiate men's teams include: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, football, soccer, and implemented 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 also implemented modern era indoor and outdoor track and field teams in the 2012-2013 academic season.[11]

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.[12] 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.[12]

Notable alumni


College presidents include:[13]

1. Rev. Charles Taylor (1866–1870)
Interim A.G. Murphy (1869–1870)
2. Rev. Benjamin Arbogast (1870–1873)
3. John Darby (1873–1875)
4. Rev. Thomas J. Dodd (1875–1876)
5. Rev. William H. Anderson (1876–1879)
6. David W. Batson (1879–1883)
7. Rev. Alexander Redd (1883–1884)
8. David W. Batson (1884–1893)
9. Benjamin T. Spencer (1893–1895)
10. Rev. Eugene H. Pearce (1895–1900)
11. Rev. John L. Weber (1901–1906)
12. Henry K. Taylor (1906–1909)
13. John J. Tigert (1909–1911)
14. Rev. James L. Clark (1911–1919)
15. William B. Campbell (1919–1924)
16. U. V. W. Darlington (1924–1925)

17. David C. Hull (1925–1928)
Interim Walter V. Cropper (1928–1929)
18. Clarence M. Dannelly (1929–1932)
19. Reginald V. Bennett (1932–1937)
20. Rev. Paul S. Powell (1937–1950)
21. John F. Baggett (1950–1951)
22. Dr. Oscar W. Lever (1951–1959)
23. Dr. Harold P. Hamilton (1959–1970)
24. Dr. William E. James (1971–1979)
25. Dr. Luther W. White (1979–1988)
26. Dr. Paul W. Hartman (1988–1993)
Interim Dr. Ray C. Purdom (1993–1994)
27. Dr. Wesley H. Poling (1994–2004)
28. Dr. Anne C. Federlein (2004–2008)
Interim Dr. M. Michael Fagan (2008)
29. Dr. Cheryl D. King (2008–2011)
30. Dr. W. Craig Turner (2011–2014)
31. Barton D. Darrell (2014–present)


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