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President’s Annual Report and Honor Roll of Donors



In Memory of

Nancy Sinclair

May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and

be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

Longtime Lindsey Wilson College staff member Nancy C.

Sinclair, who “embodied the Lindsey Wilson mission,” died

Sunday, Nov. 20 after a long illness.

A nearly 30-year employee of the college, Sinclair served

three Lindsey Wilson presidents in various capacities, most recently

as executive assistant to President William T. Luckey Jr.

“Nancy Sinclair was a living example of the Lindsey Wilson

mission,” Luckey said. “She embodied the Lindsey Wilson mission

because she always put students at the center of her work,

and she also constantly looked for ways to lift up our students.

She was one of those rare people who made everyone around

her better. In so many ways, she was the conscience of this college.”

Sinclair came to Lindsey Wilson in December 1987 to work

in the college’s Development Office as assistant to George Kolbenschlag,

who was the college’s first full-time public relations


“I very quickly learned that Nancy was the one I needed to

go to for help,” said Kolbenschlag, who retired from LWC in

2004. “She knew just about everyone on campus and was

much-respected. We became friends and colleagues early on.

She was a great colleague and unafraid of telling me when she

thought I was wrong,

which is a most valuable

attribute in a colleague

and friend.

“I count her among

the top few most capable,

trustworthy and

dependable colleagues

and friends I

have known.”

Sinclair spent all

but three of her first

24 years at LWC in the Development office. She was also Development

Office administrative assistant, office manager, director

of stewardship and office manager, and director of

information services for development and office manager. She

also served more than three years in Student Accounts, first as

director of student accounts then as director of student accounts/business

office supervisor. Since 2011, Sinclair has been

the executive assistant to the president.

During almost three decades of service to LWC, Sinclair

knew almost all of the college’s donors as well as their family

members. Sinclair worked behind the scenes on numerous

events including homecoming, Founders’ Day, the Fall Trustee

Luncheon and commencement ceremonies.

“Nancy was always one of the first people to arrive on campus

each day, and she was one of the last people to leave – and

she also took work home with her,” said Chancellor John B. Begley,

who served as LWC’s sixth president from 1978-97 and

then worked with Sinclair when he moved over to the development

office. “She loved this college – its students, its donors, its

alumni and its employees – as much as anyone I know.

“Her commitment to the Lindsey Wilson mission and her

quiet behind-the-scenes work helped this college soar and reach

new heights.”

Sinclair was also known for taking a personal interest in

LWC students by providing advice, counseling and mentoring

that has helped scores of young people achieve their dreams of

earning a college education.

Nancy Carol Whitlow Thompson Sinclair was born Aug. 1,

1947, to Everett and Nora Whitlow, who preceded her in death

on May 5, 1988, and on May 18, 2004, respectively.

She married Jimmie Thompson in January 1970, and he preceded

her in death on Oct. 21, 1979. To this marriage were born

three children, all of whom survive: James Bradley (Cindy

Young) Thompson of Green County, Ky.; Amanda Thompson

(Christopher) Wells of Adair County; and Andrea (Ty) Corbin of

Green County.

She married Edward T. Sinclair on May 23, 1986, who survives.

Also surviving are three stepchildren: Bryan (Christy)

Sinclair of Georgia; Travis Sinclair of Florida; and Joseph (Chasity)

Sinclair of Somerset, Ky.

Other survivors include: a sister, Elizabeth “Liz” (Billy) Parson,

and three brothers, Morris (Nancy) Jeffery and Rodney

(Karen) Whitlow, all of Green County.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Tyler Anne,

Whitley Gage and Madilynn Grace Corbin, Reilly Elizabeth and

Greyson Banks Wells, Zane Tyce Edwards and Harlee Blayne

Thompson; three step-grandchildren: Tristan, Zachary and

Alexander Sinclair; and one great-grandchild, Abram. She is

also survived by a number of other relatives and friends.

Before coming to LWC, Sinclair worked for newspapers in

Green and Larue counties.

Sinclair was a member of Hodges Chapel United Methodist

Church, where she served as treasurer; and she was also secretary

for the Summersville (Ky.) Sanitation District. A graduate

of the former Greensburg (Ky.) High School, Sinclair attended

Spencerian Business (Ky.) College.

In 2011, the Lindsey Wilson National Alumni Association

named Sinclair an Honorary Alumna of the college, an honor

that has been bestowed to fewer than 50 friends of the college.

In 2016, the Lindsey Wilson Student Government Association

named Sinclair a “Remarkable Raider,” an annual honor

given to an LWC staff or faculty member who exemplifies the

LWC mission.


Winning and Lindsey Wilson College are synonymous.


The first place you see it is in athletics, where LWC is the

most decorated small-college athletics program in Kentucky. In

June, Blue Raider athletics became one the nation’s elite intercollegiate

programs when we were crowned as the top program

in the NAIA and awarded the National Association of Collegiate

Directors Learfield Directors’ Cup.

Anyone familiar with this college knows we make a habit of

winning on and off the field.

For example, our faculty’s outstanding work may be less visible

because they don’t hand out trophies for success in that

area. But academic excellence has been a cornerstone of our

winning tradition since the first classes were held on Jan. 3,


In this issue of the President’s Annual Report, you will read

about five LWC faculty who reach above and beyond to live the

Lindsey Wilson mission of serving “every student, every day.”

Those include:

• Alumnus Benson Sexton, an instructor of communication

whose passion for students has twice led him to be named

Teacher of the Year by the LWC Student Government


• Veteran faculty member Gerald Chafin, who has used more

than two decades of teaching experience to deliver the world to

hundreds of LWC students who have participated in the college’s

stellar vocal music program.

Nothing is more satisfying in a college community than seeing

students experience a win, and the biggest win of all comes

on commencement day when I get to shake the hands of our

newly minted graduates.

But before those two winning days at LWC, I get to see a lot

of other successes as our students evolve into productive and

caring citizens.

Some examples:

• Elementary education junior Abby Biddle, whose work with

“The Campus Kitchen” initiative provides free meals to the

food insecure in Columbia.

• Airada Bricker, who within a 24-hour period was sworn in as

a United States citizen and then was crowned LWC Homecoming


A big reason LWC wins is because of its thousands of loyal

alumni, friends and neighbors, who are the lifeblood of what

we do. As you will read on pages 23-27, LWC continues to

reach new heights because of alumni and friends who are devoted

supporters and cheerleaders of our mission. People such

as long-time trustees Mark Weaver and Jim Sutton, who pray

and work tirelessly to ensure that Lindsey Wilson maintains a

high standard of excellence.

And while those winning stories are impressive, they are not

unusual at LWC. All across campus – in offices, behind counters,

on stage, in classrooms – you can find individuals who run

the race without fail and win for our students every day. They

do this because our students are their first love.

Elise, Nancy and Bill

Two other LWC winners that

come to mind are two Blue

Raiders we lost in 2016 – longtime

staff member Nancy Sinclair

and former Chair of the Board of

Trustees Robert Holloway.

Few people loved this college

more deeply or served it with

more passion than Nancy. I have

known Nancy since she came to

the college in December 1987. Dr. Robert Holloway

She was my executive assistant

for the last five years, during

which time I had the opportunity to witness firsthand her amazing

level of professionalism, attention to detail and love for our


Nancy not only knew almost every student, alumni and

friend of the college, but she knew about them. She knew their

family members, where they were from and what Lindsey Wilson

meant to them. She personified what we mean by “active

caring and Christian concern” in our mission statement. Nancy

passed away on Nov. 20, and we dedicate this publication to


On May 20, we lost our dear friend Bob Holloway, who had

supported this college and its students for more than 30 years.

As Bob Holloway famously said, “When you are part of Lindsey

Wilson, you are part of a winning organization.” Bob’s

solid leadership, wry sense of humor and dedication to our students

were a source of inspiration to the many trustees, faculty

and staff members who had the pleasure to work with him.

Bob and Nancy will be greatly missed, but their presence is

still strongly felt at the college as we look forward to many

more winning seasons.

– William T. Luckey Jr.

LWC Wins

in the classroom.




Instructor of Communication

I know what it’s like to

live in a one-stoplight

town and go to college

leaving behind a

close-knit family and


Left: Sexton holds a sketch

created in his likeness by

Henderson, Ky., freshman

Elisabeth Glover who is currently

enrolled in Sexton’s

public speaking class.


Benson Sexton started serving Lindsey Wilson College students

right after he graduated from the college.

Blue Raiders for Life: Sexton in 2007 with freshman

advising colleagues – all of who are still serving LWC

in new roles. (Left to right): Instructor of

Communication Benson Sexton, Career Services

Director Laura Burwash, Instructor of Communication

Jennifer Furkin and Alumni Director Randy Burns.


2004 LWC alumnus, Sexton was named a Freshman

Advisor in the college’s Freshman Year Experience

program two days after he received his LWC bachelor’s

degree in communication.

“I graduated from Lindsey Wilson on a Saturday and started

working the following Monday,” Sexton said. “I was advising

students who were only four years younger than me.”

Now an instructor of communication, Sexton’s teaching

methods and approach to working with LWC students are built

on the insights he gained while working with the college’s firstyear


“FYE taught me first-year students want to learn, but they

may not know how to learn,” he said. “I never assume our

freshmen have the basic learning fundamentals, such as taking

notes and asking questions. Many are not prepared to be successful

in a college classroom.”

Sexton – who joined the college’s faculty full-time in 2012 –

constantly seeks ways that will help him become an even more

effective college teacher.

“I learn from my students every day,” he said. “Our students

come from unique and diverse backgrounds. One of the things

we focus on in class is frame of reference, or how we respond

and deliver messages based on our experiences. When we pull

those unique perspectives out of students, then we begin to

learn about their cultures and how communication is approached

from different backgrounds.”

Sexton encourages a lot of discussion in his classes, and he

also seeks student feedback about his classes.

“I challenge students to debate and talk in class about the hot

topics facing our society,” he said. “In return, the learning environment

is elevated and students begin to connect what we are

discussing to textbook material.”

And students appreciate what and how Sexton has taught

them – he has twice been named Teacher of the Year by the

LWC Student Government Association, most recently for the

2015-16 school year.

“It is quite an honor to receive this award because it was

from Lindsey Wilson students,” Sexton said. “It is extremely


Sexton also looks for ways to expand the classroom experience

for his students. He recently collaborated with LWC colleagues

Instructor of Biology Stefanie Tarter and Professor of

Communication Greg Phelps to land a grant that funded an oral

history project called “The Facing Project.”

“‘The Facing Project’ is a storytelling project that connects

students through the stories of the residents of Southcentral

Kentucky,” he said. “Students are paired with citizens to discuss

past or present issues that have challenged or changed the

direction of their lives. Projects may cover many topics including

poverty, homelessness, hunger and sex trafficking.”

LWC students will interview, write and publish the stories of

people who have met triumph or tragedy in an effort to educate

the broader community. The stories will culminate when students

bring the stories to life by taking on the voice of their

subject and presenting it as a monologue on stage.

“The ultimate goal is to provide awareness about social disruption

in our community,” Sexton said. “Our hope is through

‘The Facing Project’ we will encourage social change. This initiative

is a perfect match for LWC. Our goals are similar – to

make a difference and change lives.”

Sexton said that is why he is passionate about teaching at


“I attribute much of who I am today to Lindsey Wilson College,”

said Sexton, who is a native of nearby Albany, Ky. “I

was afforded experiences I would have never thought possible

at a small college in Kentucky. I want to give back to the college

that gave so much to me and changed my life. ”

As an LWC alumnus and a native of the region, Sexton has

an unique understanding of LWC students.

“I know what’s like to live in a one-stoplight town and go to

college leaving behind a close-knit family and community,” he

said. “We need to love and understand these young people because

many are first-generation college students. They are looking

to us for guidance as they meet the uncertainty of college

for the first time.”




Associate Professor of Music

When you combine our

travel with the fact that

we are doing choral

ensemble like no one

else – then choral

students get an

experience here they

can’t get

anywhere else.”


For two decades, Gerald Chafin has brought a world of unique

experiences to the LWC Singers.

Because of Chafin’s leadership and imagination, the Lindsey

Wilson Singers are one of the more popular affinity groups on


“Music is emotion,” said Chafin, who is an associate professor

of music and director of choral programs. “Students remember

material in a certain way because it’s implanted artistically

in their minds. So when you tie emotion together with the experiences

and travel, it makes sense – there’s a fondness for their

time here. You don’t forget the freezing cold at Fort McHenry

or the spectacular views on the top of Pike’s Peak. It’s impossible

for our students to not remember the incredibleness of it


Since the late-1990s, Chafin and the Lindsey Wilson Singers

have given more than 500 public performances in 33 states and

seven countries. Performances abroad include Austria, Canada,

England, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

Chafin uses several mottos and sayings to motivate the


“One that I like to use quite frequently is, ‘Don’t practice it

until you get it right, practice it until you can’t get it wrong,’”

he said. “We believe that if you work hard, practice and be confident,

great things will come from that.”

Chafin is known for dropping a pun or turning a phrase during

a rehearsal or public performance. A new word developed a

few years ago among the Lindsey Wilson College community

to describe his unique expressions – “#Chafinism.”

“People talk about the word ‘Chafinism’ a lot, and it is true

that I love words and especially puns,” he said. “But what’s

funny about them is that I never plan for them; it has to be in

the moment. They just come up.”

The Lindsey Wilson Singers have also benefited from a rich

partnership with Commonwealth Musicians, a group of professional

musicians in Kentucky. Chafin said that the Singers’ collaboration

with Commonwealth Musicians provides students a

unique experience.

“Many of the people in Commonwealth Musicians are also

members of the Louisville Orchestra,” Chafin said. “When we

started performing with those folks, that was huge. Our students

are excited to rub shoulders with the best of the best. And they

learn so much from these guys. Every time we work with them

it makes our performances grander. I can remember when they

accompanied us during President Luckey’s inauguration. It was

a really big deal for us.”

And Chafin says when you add up all of these experiences,

A Stellar Crew: Chafin pictured with the members of

the 2016 Lindsey Wilson Singers.

students get a music education that is unique to LWC.

“I don’t know if anyone else does what we do here. When

you combine our travel with the fact that we are doing choral

ensemble like no one else – then choral students get an experience

here they can’t get anywhere else,” he said.

Chafin said his most memorable experience at LWC was

when the Singers performed the national anthem at a Sept. 18,

2001, game between the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs. It

was Major League Baseball’s first post-9/11 game.

“Baseball was shut down after 9/11,” he said. “The country

was in unrest and it was a time of great uncertainty. We were

able to be the group that sang the anthem at the first Major

League Baseball game played after 9/11. I have to say, it was

electric. Everyone was chanting “USA, USA!” It was pretty


Chafin said he feels blessed to have enjoyed such memorable

experiences with his students, and he also loves seeing the successful

professionals that they have become. Chafin attributes a

lot of that success to his program’s emphasis on creativity.

“I think my favorite thing about Lindsey Wilson College is

the fact that we are given the opportunity to be creative,” he

said. “We create unique programs and experiences for students

because it’s encouraged here. I’m just so glad to be a part of it.”




Assistant Professor of History

I realized we haven’t

always lived like we

do and there have

been people before

us with stories

to tell.”


Elizabeth Tapscott’s interest in history began at home, but it was ignited

on a family trip.

Tapscott’s mother and grandmother were history enthusiasts,

and on her sixth birthday, she visited Colonial

Williamsburg, Va., on a family vacation. That’s where

she discovered her passion for studying history.

“I saw people depicting what life was like during Revolutionary

times, and it was fascinating to me,” said Tapscott, who

is an assistant professor of history. “I realized we haven’t always

lived like we do and there have been people before us

with stories to tell.”

At first, Tapscott was determined to study U.S. Colonial history.

Then she met a professor while a student at Eastern (Pa.)

University that helped her find her true passion – European history.

“While working on my bachelor’s degree, I met an amazing

professor that completely changed my worldview,” she said. “I

had only been taught American history in school. He helped me

to see people on the other side of the world, with cultures older

than ours, whose lives are different but somehow connected to


Tapscott said she wants her Lindsey Wilson College students

to engage with the past as a real place with real people, like she

did as an undergraduate. She does that by employing a multisensory

teaching method – one that utilizes the five senses to

enhance the memory and comprehension of a topic.

Tapscott’s approach to teaching students about the Christian

Orthodox Church is a case in point.

“I enjoy teaching about the Orthodox Church because it’s so

completely foreign – even to people who grew up in church,”

she said. “A service in an Orthodox Church is designed to engage

all the senses. I try to do the same in the classroom – we

talk about the bread they eat and the wine they drink, and we

see the images of the saints. I help them to imagine the incense

the worshippers are smelling all the while listening to the choir

music I play for them in the classroom. The sights and sounds

fill the room. Students are seeing and smelling and hearing, and

they really enjoy the rich experience.”

Tapscott uses the same technique when she teaches about

World War I.

“I get excited about teaching World War I because we as a

nation forget about it – we were only in it for less than a year

and we won it for (the Allied Powers),” she said.

Tapscott again uses sensory teaching aids – the sounds of

bombs exploding and artillery falling on the battlefield and images

of what the trenches looked like.

“I use pictures of soldiers, most of which didn’t come home,

and the students realize they are the same age as the soldiers,”

she said.

Assistant Professor of History Elizabeth Tapscott

delivers a lecture on Mary, Queen of Scots.

Once a week students in Tapscott’s classes read excerpts

from documents that were written during the time and place

they are studying. Tapscott often plays music from that era to

create an ambiance.

“The biggest victory for me is when I can get them to realize

these are real people. Not just dead people whose lives don’t affect

theirs at all – but living, breathing people who had struggles

and loved and hated and lived, just like we do," she said.

"Bringing the past to life in a way they can engage with and

learn from.

“We learn from our mistakes but also from the mistakes of

others. If I can pass on an understanding of the mistakes made

by others throughout history, maybe my students will use the

knowledge to do something better.”

Tapscott said she wants students to learn how to think critically,

as well as to be able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

“Whether it’s Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr. or

Confucius, I want them to think critically and determine what is

real and what is opinion,” she said. “They should look for the

truth. If they can learn to do that with historical figures, maybe

they can learn to apply those principles with today’s leaders,

politicians and news media.”

And Tapscott also hopes students will understand that a better

appreciation of history can lead to a better future.

“History helps us to live in the world now,” she said. “If we

study world history beyond America, we can understand that

we come from all over the world and we can also understand

the other nations we interact with on a global scale.”

“History helps us to understand why the world is the way it

is. It also helps us to understand ourselves as individuals.”




Associate Professor of Journalism

I don’t really care if they remember certain facts and figures,

I want them to have evolved in this program to where they

know how to love. Love the community and love the world.”


David Goguen is more than an award-winning faculty member. He also

is a mentor and someone who tries to get students to embrace the power

of lifelong learning.

An assistant professor of journalism, Goguen is in his

ninth year at Lindsey Wilson College. He teaches a

broad range of classes, including journalism, photography,

communication and digital media. But he’s perhaps best

known for being adviser of the college’s student newspaper,


During his time at LWC, students on the Raiderview staff

have won more than 200 state and national awards in journalism.

Goguen attributes much of that success to the way LWC

helps him create an engaging environment that shapes the culture

of student journalism.

“We started a culture of excellence,” he said. “In my first

year at LWC we won six awards at the state level. We empowered

the students by using a four-step approach. It’s the same

approach I use in all my classes – we need to engage, evolve,

empower and enlighten.”

Raiderview has become one of the top student newspapers in

its class in Kentucky. Among U.S. colleges and universities

with 1,500-2,500 students, LWC students have placed first in

three of the last four years in national journalism competition.

“The students run the newspaper,” Goguen said. “I’m just an

adviser. I don’t write for them, and I don’t lay it out for them.

But I’m always there to encourage and answer questions and

challenge them. Anything they’ve won has been because of


“We have a saying with Raiderview, ‘We don’t expect you to

win a Pulitzer Prize on your first story, but by the second one

you darn well should be nominated.’”

Goguen said he enjoys more than just LWC’s journalism


“I love all my classes,” he said. “I honestly do. Regardless of

the class or discipline I’m teaching, my goal is at the end, I

want them to be able to love. That’s all I want. Love another

person, love a refugee far away, love your job, that’s all I want.

I don’t really care if they remember certain facts and figures, I

want them to have evolved in this program to where they know

how to love. Love the community and love the world.”

Graduates from Goguen’s media studies and journalism

classes routinely go on to successful careers in the media.

“Our students are working,” he said. “We have an over 90

percent employment rate in a challenging segment of the job

market, which is the media. We have success because the students

are well-prepared. We have comprehensive portfolios and

websites for our students. I always tell them, ‘No portfolio, no

Goguen discusses camera angles with business administration

senior Avery Ford of Lexington Ky. on a

photography class field trip to Grider Fantasy Farms

in Columbia, Ky.

job.’ It’s to the point now where I have places call me because

they desire our graduates because they tend to be more downto-earth

and well-prepared.”

Goguen is also an accomplished writer, photographer and

musician. He has had short fiction, photography and poetry

published throughout, and his writing has won several awards.

He said that being involved in the fields in which he teaches

helps facilitate a better learning environment.

“Millennial students are products of postmodernism, and

postmodernism has given us many good things,” Goguen said.

“One in particular being feminism and women’s studies

courses. It comes from the whole idea of deconstructing things

to get meaning. Millennials are naturally skeptical in a lot of

ways, and that’s a good thing.”

While there are many things Goguen loves about LWC, it’s

clear his focus is on students.

“They are my favorite thing about LWC. They’ve never let

me down,” he said. “I believe in education as a process and not

a product. And I love seeing the process play out with each and

every student. I believe everyone has a unique learning personality

and I try, even though I may not always succeed, to get a

sense of every single person in the class. I love what I do. I’ve

loved every minute of it.”




Assistant Professor of

Human Services & Counseling

I’m not going to forget

where I came from and

everything Lindsey

Wilson College has

done for me.”


Kim Brown has trailblazed her way to the top of the counseling

profession. But says staying humble is the only way to effectively

serve a community.

Brown addresses the human services & counseling

graduates who earned their degrees from

LWC-Cumberland (Ky.) Community Campus Program.

Kim Brown is an example of the human potential Lindsey

Wilson College has unlocked by serving the educational

needs of Appalachia. Before LWC opened its

community campus in Cumberland, Ky., more than 10 years

ago, residents in Brown’s native Harlan County had few educational

opportunities beyond an associate of arts degree.

Brown was part of the first cohort of human services and

counseling undergraduate students who enrolled at LWC’s

Cumberland Community Campus in fall 2002. She went on to

earn a master’s degree in counseling from LWC, and then completed

a doctorate in counseling with Argosy (Calif.) University.

Brown says that before Lindsey Wilson College came to her

region, people didn’t have the same educational opportunities

and job prospects as they do now.

“Before Lindsey Wilson ever came to this area back in 2002,

there was a reason why a lot of people, including myself, couldn’t

get past an AA degree,” Brown said. “Whether it was because

you were poor, or your family didn’t want you to leave

the area or a variety of other reasons, there was a limit to what

you could achieve in an educational sense. That’s why I say

Lindsey Wilson has brought opportunity to the mountains of

Eastern Kentucky and Virginia.”

In addition to teaching classes in LWC’s School of Professional

Counseling, Brown is also regional academic director of

the college’s Southern Appalachian Region – which includes

community campuses Cumberland, Hazard, Ky., Big Stone

Gap, Va., Richlands, Va. and Wytheville, Va.

Among the many things Brown likes about LWC, it’s the opportunities

the college provides the region that she loves most.

“My favorite thing about Lindsey Wilson is that there’s no

discrimination,” she said. “There is opportunity for every student

that walks through our door. I know that to be true because

of my experience.”

Brown’s duties as regional academic director of LWC’s

Southern Appalachian Region include overseeing the region’s

budget, course creation and developing the curriculum.

But Brown has also found time to devote to research and

publishing. Her dissertation – The Trials and Struggles of

Women in the Workplace: Job Satisfaction in the Appalachian

Region – was completed when she finished her doctorate in

2013; it is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

She’s currently working on chapters for an LWC School of

Professional Counseling research project that will be published

in 2017.

“At first I didn’t pursue the publication route after finishing

my dissertation,” Brown said. “Then a colleague of mine encouraged

me to do so because the subject matter was so relevant

that it would be a waste not to share it. It focuses specifically

on Appalachia, but much of it is applies nationally as


But it’s in the classroom where Brown finds the most job satisfaction,

because it is there that she gets to work with students,

many of whom have similar backgrounds as hers when she

started her LWC education journey in 2002. Because of that,

Brown says that her teaching philosophy has been shaped by

her life experiences.

“My past work with children at the preschool level and my

work as a state family support specialist prepared me for the

classroom,” she said. “I bring real-life experiences to my students

so that they can have those light bulb moments. And really,

that’s the way I was taught, too. You have to learn the

philosophy and the terminology first, but when you inject the

real-life experience into the subject matter, it becomes more understandable

and applicable in the long run.”

Brown said she also enjoys being part of a college where

faculty go the extra distance for students.

“The faculty I work with on a daily basis are here to ensure

that everyone has the tools to succeed,” she said. “We want

every student to have a great experience and because of that

I’m truly honored and blessed to be a part of the Lindsey Wilson


And Brown says that remaining humble is critical when

serving Appalachia.

“When people forget where they come from, they lose focus

on the future,” she said. “They get a big head, and they can’t

stay grounded. I’m not going to forget where I came from and

everything Lindsey Wilson College has done for me.”



LWC Wins

in competition.





On June 1, the Blue Raiders received the Mid-South

Conference President’s Cup at the conference’s summer

meeting in Bowling Green, Ky. It was the sixth

overall time LWC has won the MSC President’s Cup, which is

presented to the season’s overall best program.

Then 13 days later, LWC athletics was crowned as the top

program in the NAIA when the Blue Raiders captured the National

Association of Collegiate Directors of

Athletics Learfield Directors’ Cup. It was the

first time the Blue Raiders won the Directors’

Cup, and it was only the sixth time in

the 21-year history of the Directors’ Cup that

an NAIA program has won it.

“It goes without saying that these two

awards were the result of a true team effort,”

said LWC Athletic Director Willis Pooler,

who has led Blue Raiders athletics since the

2003-04 school year. “Lindsey Wilson has

the best intercollegiate sports program in the

NAIA because we have the best coaches in

the NAIA, the best facilities in the country,

and we are blessed with an incredibly supportive


“But, at the end of the day, the reason

Lindsey Wilson athletics stands out across the nation is because

of the more than 700 young men and women who are the student-athletes

on over two dozen teams. They are the ones who

put in the time and dedicated themselves to creating one of the

nation’s elite intercollegiate programs.”



Lindsey Wilson is the sixth NAIA institution to win the Learfield Cup.

...we want them to

excel in their chosen

profession, be

responsible family

members and leaders

in their communities.

To me, that’s the true

mark of a national


intercollegiate athletic


Willis Pooler

LWC Athletics Director

Before the 2015-16 season, LWC had finished second twice

(in 2014-15 and in ’12-13) and third twice (’13-14, ’05-06) in

the Directors’ Cup. But what made winning the Directors’ Cup

even more impressive in ’15-16 was that LWC did it without

winning a team NAIA national championship.

That’s a testament to Pooler’s leadership. Since Pooler was

named athletic director of his alma mater in 2003, the number

of LWC student-athletes has increased more than

70 percent, which included bringing back a 75-

year-old dormant football program in 2010 and

adding men’s wrestling, and men’s and women’s


“It’s always been extremely important to me

that Lindsey Wilson have a strong comprehensive

intercollegiate athletics program,” Pooler said.

“Everyone knows Lindsey Wilson because of the

13 combined NAIA national titles our men’s and

women’s soccer teams have won. And Lindsey

Wilson has a rich basketball history that dates

back to the 1930s. But over the last decade, people

know about the Blue Raiders because we are

strong in every sport. Throughout the year, all of

our student-athletes compete for conference and

national titles, and that is a testament to our outstanding


Although no Blue Raider team won an NAIA national title,

the Blue Raider cycling program – which is not a sanctioned

NAIA sport – had another banner season.

Sabrina Bice became the 30th Blue Raider to capture an in-


dividual national championship when she took

home the individual victory at the 2016 Collegiate

BMX National Championships. That

helped LWC’s BMX team finish as the national

runner-up. A total of 17 Blue Raiders have won

a national title in cycling.

Other Blue Raider teams that made deep

runs into their respective postseasons included:

women’s tennis, who finished runner-up at the

national championship; men’s tennis ended in a

tie for third; baseball tied for fifth at the NAIA

World Series; and volleyball tied for third.

Although the national titles and recognition

are nice, Pooler said that one of his greatest

achievements is that during his tenure 107

LWC teams have been named NAIA Scholar

Teams – including a school-record 16 teams

during the 2013-14 academic year. During his

13 years of service as athletic director, LWC

has averaged more than 18 NAIA Scholar-Athletes

per year and more 100 All Academic Mid-

South Conference honorees each of the

previous three academic years.

Also noteworthy: all LWC athletic teams are

active in community service. Blue Raider participate

in projects throughout the school year

that include food drives, working with area

schools and other community-service initiatives.

“We are about preparing young men and

women to be successful in life,” Pooler said.

“After they graduate, we want them to excel in

their chosen profession, be responsible family

members and leaders in their communities. To

me, that’s the true mark of a national championship

intercollegiate athletic program.”



Notable Accomplishments


The LWC counselor education and supervision doctoral

program was a recipient of the Outstanding Doctoral

Counselor Education and Supervision Program

Award, given by the Southern Association for Counselor

Education and Supervision. The doctoral program

received the national award in its second year as

an accredited program.

The Lindsey Wilson College Business and Computer

Information Systems Division received reaccreditation

by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business

Education. The LWC Business and CIS division allows

students to major in accounting, computer information

systems, human resource management, and recreation,

tourism and sports management.

In October 2015, a two day-challenge by Adair County

native and Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees Chair

Allan Parnell helped raise more than $261,667 for

scholarship aid. The campaign attracted more than 836

unique gifts.

LWC Theatre Program, under the direction of Assistant

Professor of Theatre Robert Brock, presented

four productions and a Christmas special in fall 2015

followed by two plays in the spring. The spring season

featured a production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s

great American classic, Oklahoma!

Biology junior Sabrina Bice from Lake

Havasu City, Ariz., became the 30th

Blue Raider to capture an individual

championship when she won at the

2016 Collegiate BMX National


Eight business students from Clark-Atlanta University

spent five days at LWC to learn about energy, entrepreneurship,

manufacturing and environmental sustainability

programs in Kentucky.The students also met with

LWC faculty and students to discuss those issues and

discover how the region addresses each one. In spring

2016, a group of LWC students spent a week at the

United Methodist college in Atlanta.



LWC Wins

for our students.

student profile:



Thanks to a new program at Lindsey Wilson

College, the city of Columbia now has an additional

source to help the food insecure. The

Campus Kitchen project at Lindsey Wilson College,

which is sponsored by the Bonner Scholars Program,

launched in September, 2016 and for the past several

weeks has been providing warm meals to over 60

food insecure community members.

The Campus Kitchen program focuses on using excess

or leftover food that normally gets thrown out by restaurants or cafeterias as a main source of creating meals for the food insecure.

Abby Biddle, an elementary education junior and campus kitchen coordinator, said that the program has exceeded her expectations


“At first I was worried that there wouldn’t be enough support in terms of community

food partners,” said Biddle. “However, we have a lot more food than we thought I’d like to see us feed

we would get. We’ve had enough to provide weekly meals and add more people to even more people and

our client list. We’ve moved from 40 clients to 60 clients quickly.”

perhaps expand the

Campus Kitchen has worked closely with the family resource center, Adair

program to two or

Friends and Neighbors, Agape House and others to identify the most needy clients.

Biddle says that volunteers deliver the meals to clients as opposed to setting up one

three meals a week.”

location for the meals.

“Many of our clients don’t have reliable means of transportation,” said Biddle. “Delivering the meals to them is the best

method for the clients we serve.”

While volunteer support has been encouraging, Biddle says that Campus Kitchen is always looking for more volunteers in

order to expand its mission to more clients.

“Campus Kitchen is not specifically just for Bonners,” said Biddle. “ We’ve had campus-wide support in the volunteer application

process. But we’d really like to continue to grow a consistent base of volunteers for food delivery in order to reach more

families. I’d like to see us feed even more people and perhaps expand the program to two or three meals a week.”

Natalie Vickous, Bonner Program Coordinator, was instrumental in bringing a Campus Kitchen to LWC. She feels that the programs

serves two major roles.

“Not all schools are as service oriented as we are,” said Vickous. “President Luckey and Elise Luckey have always been supportive

and mindful of service. I think that really fits into our mission here at the college, especially the part about learning and

growing and feeling like a real human being. And this program not only helps to meet a need that our community has, but it also

helps to empower students and allow them to see how they can change the world through their actions.”

Vickous is impressed with what she has seen from student leaders.

“It’s been exciting to see Abby grow in her leadership through this and also all of our other students who are stepping up into

leadership roles,” said Vickous. “They can make a change in this community but also take what they’ve learned back to their

homes or wherever they end up after they graduate from LWC.”


student profile:

Airada Daamdee


...I know what its like to be

different and be in a new land,

to experience a new culture.”

Airada Daamdee Bricker is a role model for getting the

most out of a college education. She’s also a role

model for her family and a living example of the

American dream.

Bricker, a psychophysiology sophomore, is involved in several

clubs and organizations including: Student Government Association,

Bonner Volunteers, Upward Bound and the marching

band. She also serves as a tutor.

Bricker broke new ground at LWC when she was selected

field commander for the LWC marching band, the first time a

freshman has held that honor. She was also elected LWC’s 2016

homecoming queen by her peers.

But being crowned queen wasn’t the most memorable thing

she experienced homecoming weekend. Less than 24 hours before

her crowning, she became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

“That was a really big weekend for me,” Bricker said. “Others

at the naturalization interview asked me if I was going to go

party. I said, No, I’m going to go practice.”

Bricker said it was humbling that her classmates voted her to

be homecoming queen.

“I didn’t think I would win,” she said. “I told my family to

not expect very much.”

Bricker is from Elizabethtown, Ky., but she was born in Thailand.

When she was 8, she and her mother immigrated to the

United States. Bricker said she is driven to be successful because

of a promise she made to her family.

“My whole family – my grandparents, aunts, uncles and

nieces – are in Thailand,” she said. “They are my motivation.

We didn’t come from a wealthy family. We started at the bottom

and are still working our way up.”

“My grandparents have experienced a rough life, and have

lived in poverty. My mom went through it as well, she didn’t

have the chance to finish high school. In a way, I’m their hope

and their chance to have a better life. There’s a lot of pressure

on me to do well in school because I promised them that someday

I’ll be able to take care of them.”

Bricker said it was difficult to immigrate to America. Because

of her experience, she works with LWC’s International Student


“We play together, pray together, study and eat together,” she

said. “I am passionate about it because I know what it feels like

to be different and be in a new land, to experience a completely

new culture. The least I could do is give them guidance and be a

person they can go to when they need help, love, and support.”

Bricker said the people have been the best thing about her

LWC experience.

“Lindsey has made a huge impact on my life and my faith,”

she said, “I am surrounded by so many great people who have

helped me find my way.”

Recently, Bricker won first place at a student showcase event

called “Lindsey’s Got Talent.” She dedicated her performance to

one of those friends she met at LWC.

“I represented her on the stage because she has been such a

great friend and has helped me through so much,” she said, “She

was homeless before coming to Lindsey, and she has no support

from her family. The first-place prize was money and I gave it to

my friend to show support and to say thank you.”

Bricker plans to attend medical school after LWC.

“Originally I was signed up as a biology major but switched

because I also enjoyed the psychology aspect of psychophysiology,”

she said. “I plan on going to medical school, so it’s a perfect

major for me. I couldn’t imagine being in a better program

or at a better school. I just love this place and the people here.”


student profile:



When Corey Ross decided to attend Lindsey Wilson

College it was with one goal in mind, to become a

collegiate athlete in BMX cycling. Little did he

know he was enrolling at the school that would help him to

make all of his dreams a reality.

“Seven years ago I decided to race in the BMX novice class

for the first time at Grand Nationals in Tulsa, (Okla.). I didn’t

lose a race all weekend. It was there my passion for cycling was

ignited. So when I started looking at college choices, I knew it

had to be one with a top-rated cycling program.”

Ross declared professional status as a BMX cyclist two years

ago – about the same time as he decided

to join the LWC nursing program.

He says he was encouraged

by the success of fellow BMX cyclists

and LWC alums, Danny and

Stephanie Caluag who earned their

nursing degrees in 2014. Danny

represented the Philippines in

BMX cycling at the 2012 London

Olympic games.

“I saw the Caluags successfully

navigate the rigors of nursing

school and professional racing,” said Ross. “They didn’t sacrifice

anything while at LWC. I realized it was possible for me to

do the same.”

Ross, who expects to graduate in spring 2018, says he has

the best of both worlds at Lindsey Wilson College.

“A nursing career allows me to work with people and learn

about the body the way I have always wanted,” said Ross. “At

Lindsey Wilson, I’m allowed to pursue the career I want while

At Lindsey Wilson, I’m

allowed to pursue the career I

want while continuing to

race. To have all that in one

package deal has been a


continuing to race. To have all that in one package deal has

been a blessing.”

During school breaks Ross uses his free time to teach children

the sport of BMX racing in his hometown of Portage, Ind.

“Back home I’m Coach Corey,” Ross said. “When I was

coming up in the sport, I had a lot of people to help me along

the way. So for me this is my way to give back.”

Ross says the children he teaches, mostly ranging from five

to 12 years in age, motivate him to keep working hard and

never give up.

“When I’m at a race and all the stress is on me – and then all

of a sudden I hear a little kid yell

out my name from the sidelines – it

give me chills. It’s just another

thing that keeps me going.”

And Ross says it’s his work with

youth programs that has helped

him to find a second passion in life

beyond racing.

“My calling is to go into pediatric

nursing upon graduation and

much of that I can attribute to my

work with the kids in my BMX


Ross was hesitant about attending a small school but says

now he couldn’t imagine his life without Lindsey Wilson and

the family he has gained through his time here.

“I have never regretted coming to Lindsey Wilson College. A

small college is not for everyone, but for me it has been totally

life changing. I have grown so much here. It’s a big part of who

I am as a person. This is home.”



LWC Wins

because of you.

trustee profile: Jim & Jimmie

Avisit from Lindsey Wilson College President William

T. Luckey Jr., helped convince Jim and Jimmie of

Crestwood, Ky., that the college was a good investment.

Shortly after that visit from Luckey, the couple made their

first gift to the college, and then less than a year later Jim Sutton

joined the Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees. The two have

faithfully supported the college ever since by providing scholarship

aid to deserving students.

“We’ve always liked kids,” Jim Sutton said. “It’s just a matter

of satisfaction of doing something worthwhile, something we

believe in. We like to watch the kids grow and change.”

“We also believe in the leadership of Lindsey Wilson. Everyone

on down from President Luckey does a very good job of

getting the most out of the resources made available to them.

We’ve been impressed with how their focus is always on the

students – how to help students pay for their college education

or giving students a better experience at the college.”

In addition to seeing young people realize their dreams

through a Lindsey Wilson education, Jimmie Sutton said that

another reason they enjoy providing scholarship support to the

college is because the students who receive the aid are always so


“I’ve noticed over the years that the students are really

friendly and appreciative of what we do for them – it’s a very

friendly campus,” she said.

And Jim said that he’s also noticed a lot of pride in the students

who have been helped by scholarships.

“I don’t remember a student who wasn’t proud to receive a

scholarship or grateful for the opportunity to earn a college education

at Lindsey Wilson,” he said.

Jim said that he and Jimmie have chosen to support the Lindsey

Wilson Fund – which provides scholarship aid to students –

because “it’s one of the best ways you can make a difference at

the college.”


It’s just a matter of satisfaction of

doing something worthwhile,

something we believe in.”

“Helping deserving students pay for a college education is a

good way to make a difference at Lindsey Wilson because the

aid goes directly to the students,” he said.

Jim said that he and Jimmie are especially glad to support

students through the Lindsey Wilson Fund because more than 60

percent of the college’s undergraduate students are the first in

their families to attend college.

“There’s a lot of satisfaction in being the first in your family

to do that,” he said. “And there’s also the impact that will have

on future generations of that family, not to mention how it will

help a community by having more college graduates.”


trustee profile:

Mark & Cindy


You think you’re going to go

over there and adopt them, and

in a sense they adopt you. You

think you’re going to show

them love, and they show you

what love really is.”

Mark and Cindy Weaver of Henderson, Ky., have a

passion for shaping young people’s lives that extends

around the world.

For more than 20 years, the Weavers have been involved

with Lindsey Wilson College. Mark has served as a trustee, and

they both have provided scholarship support for students.

They’ve also helped recruit students and donors to the college,

as well as served as mentors to many LWC students, alumni

and staff members.

The Weavers recently discovered yet another way to shape

young persons’ lives.

More than six years ago, the Weavers became involved with

orphans in the war-torn Southeastern Asian country of Myanmar,

formerly known as Burma. The Weavers have partnered

with Uncharted International, a two-decade-old non-profit organization

based in Evansville, Ind., to work with orphans in


The Weavers have made about a half-dozen trips to visit Uncharted

International-sponsored orphanages in Myanmar, which

until recently was one of the most closed countries in the world.

“We’d been looking for something that was real and reached

out to people, and this was unlike anything we had done before

here,” Cindy said.

The Weavers visit one of Uncharted International’s orphanages

for one to two weeks at a time, where they interact with

the children, serve as spiritual mentors and instruct them in the

Bible. Uncharted International serves more than 600 Burmese

children at its 11 orphanages.

“We had been to a lot of foreign countries and experienced a

lot of poverty, intense poverty,” Mark said. “But we had never

been immersed in a culture like that.”

Becoming immersed

in another culture has

taught the Weavers a lot

of lessons, especially

the power of relationships.

“You think you’re

going to go over there

and adopt them, and in a

sense they adopt you,”

Mark said. “You think

you’re going to show

them love, and they

show you what love really

is. You think you’re going to have trouble communicating,

but in so many ways you really don’t. … It’s smelling salts for

the soul – it really awakened me to life.”

And Cindy said the relationships that orphans forge with

their American visitors provide them something that money

cannot buy.

“The kids can’t get from money what relationships can do

for them,” she said. “The kids need the relationships because it

helps them grow and develop in so many important ways. Because

they don’t have all of this ‘stuff,’ it’s all about relationships.”

And Mark says the trips have reminded him how the material

world can often cloud the spiritual world.

“It’s amazing how materialism can truly encumber your faith

in terms of truly depending on God,” he said. “I saw more faith,

more healing and more acts of love there than I have here. … It

seems as though God has more of a free hand to move there.”


trustee profile:


& Amanda


Amanda and Leighton Mains’ support of Lindsey Wilson

College started small.

When Amanda was a student in the University of Louisville

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and Leighton was a new

teacher in Louisville, Ky., the young alumni couple began to

give $20 a year to their alma mater. They made the gifts as a

way to show their love for their alma mater and also to show

their gratitude to those who supported them when they were

LWC students.

More than 15 years after they first started to give to LWC, the

Mains established the Vicki

Because of the generosity of

those that loved this school, this

wonderful opportunity was made

available to us.”

Main Endowed Scholarship,

named in honor of Leighton’s

late mother.

“This college means so

much to me and my family because

it is my family,” said

Amanda, who is a 1996 LWC

graduate and a member of the Lindsey Wilson Board of


One of three children, Amanda was a first-generation college

student at LWC. Education was valued by both of her parents –

her father was an Army veteran who worked at a printing plant

in Louisville and her mother was an immigrant from Thailand

who earned a GED when she came to America with Amanda’s


“My parents valued education, and they wanted nothing more

than for their three children to have educational opportunities,”

she said. “For as much as my parents valued education, they had

not saved enough money for me or my sisters to go to college.

… so I was going to have to do it largely through scholarship


Although LWC was not the first school on Amanda’s list of

prospective colleges, she fell in love with the college on her first


“It was still just as lovely as it is today,” she said. “In meeting

with the students, teachers and staff, it really came across to me

that the people were here because they wanted to be here, not

because they had to be here. And by the end of my visit, I

wanted to be here as well. … I truly believe that I was meant to

be here.”

Amanda received a Presidential

Scholarship to attend Lindsey Wilson,

and Leighton, who graduated

in 1997, received a soccer scholarship.

“Because of the generosity of

those that loved this school, this

wonderful opportunity was made available to us,” she said.

While in law school, Amanda was an editor of UofL’s law review,

and she graduated in the top five of her class. She then

went on to work at one of Kentucky’s larger law firms before

joining the in-house legal team at Louisville-based Brown-Forman


“My Lindsey Wilson education laid the groundwork for all of

that,” Amanda said. “It really is an amazing thing to look back

on and contemplate right now. I could never pay back Lindsey

Wilson for all of the blessings it has given me.”


alumni profile:



We all thought that American

colleges were wonderful because this

was the time when we saw a lot of

movies set at colleges in America, so

we all wanted to go to one.”

Fina Simpson made history at Lindsey Wilson College.

The 1950 alumna was one of the first Cuban natives to

attend LWC.

Thanks to a connection with the Rev. V.P. Henry, Simpson

enrolled at Lindsey Wilson in the fall of 1949. Her parents had

met Henry, who served as LWC’s third president from 1942-

54, when they attended Candler College in Havana. Before he

came to Columbia, Henry’s ministry included a stint in Cuba,

and Candler was an independent college operated by the

Methodist church from 1899 until it was nationalized by the island’s

communist government in 1961.

Simpson earned one of two scholarships to attend LWC. Her

enrollment marked the beginning of almost two dozen Cuban

students who enrolled at LWC in the 1950s, thanks in large

part to the contacts Henry had made while ministering in the

Caribbean nation.

Simpson said she was attracted to LWC not only because of

President Henry, but also because of the portrayal of U.S. colleges

and universities in the movies.

“We all thought that American colleges were wonderful because

this was the time when we saw a lot of movies set at colleges

in America, so we all wanted to go to one,” she said.

Simpson’s journey to LWC was not an easy one. After arriving

in Miami, she boarded a bus to Columbia, but not without a

little difficulty.

“The lady at the travel agency in Miami had a hard time

finding Lindsey Wilson, where it was and which bus I needed

to take to get there,” Simpson said.

While at LWC, Simpson worked in the college library, under

the direction of legendary librarian Katie A. Murrell. That experience

helped Simpson eventually find her calling later in

life as a librarian at the Western Kentucky University Glasgow

Campus library.

“She was just a very sweet, friendly person,” Simpson said

of Murrell. “I learned about the Dewey Decimal System from

her, and I also learned a lot of idiomatic expressions from her.

When I came to Lindsey Wilson, I knew English enough to

manage very well, but I didn’t know idiomatic expressions

until I worked for Miss Katie.”

Simpson only spent a year at LWC because her father

wanted her to return home. Simpson, who lives in Glasgow,

Ky., said she still has several fond memories from that year she

spent on The Hill – the chief among them meeting her future

husband, Maxwell.

The two were married in December 1950 by Simpson’s

brother, Ernesto. Maxwell, who died in 2005, eventually

brought the family back to the Glasgow area.

Simpson said that it was fun to be a trailblazer for the other

Cuban students who followed her at LWC.

“At first I didn’t think anything about it, but it was very interesting

for a lot of the people from Adair County because

many of them had not encountered Spanish-speaking people

before us,” she said. “Then we realized that what we were

doing was making it possible for other students from our country

to come to Lindsey Wilson.”

While an LWC student, Simpson accompanied Henry to

area churches, where she told local congregations about life in


Although Cuba has recently re-established diplomatic ties

with the United States, Simpson said she doesn’t have much

interest in returning to her native country. Her children have

expressed interest in visiting where their mother grew up, but

Simpson said she doesn’t long to see Havana again.

“All of my family is dead now. I’m the only one left,” she

said. “The Cuba I grew up with is gone. I’ve had friends who I

grew up with go back and come back very depressed because

of what they’ve seen there.”




alumni profile:



Blue Raider blood runs through the veins of alumnus Jerald


Bryant came to LWC in fall 1990 from Jacksonville, Fla. But

even after he graduated in 1994, the college remained with him.

“I didn’t ever really leave Lindsey Wilson,” said Bryant, who

is president of the LWC National Alumni Association. “I graduated,

I started a family and followed a career, but Lindsey Wilson

never really left me. I just always felt compelled to give back and

be involved any way that I could.”

Following a successful career in the corporate retail world,

Bryant and his wife, Beverly, an Adair County native and 1993

LWC graduate, returned to the region around 2011 to plant a


Jerald and Beverly pastor Antioch Christian Life Ministries,

which straddles the Adair-Taylor county line. Their oldest child,

Isaiah, is a member of LWC’s Class of 2018.

Bryant said what is most remarkable about his alma mater is

how it lights a fire in those who come in contact with the college.

“Lindsey Wilson has lit a torch in everybody, so there is more

light not only here but throughout the world because of Lindsey

Wilson,” he said.

Bryant came to LWC as a student during an historic time in the

college – the third baccalaureate class had just graduated and soccer

had been added as a sport. Since then, enrollment has almost

tripled and the college’s A.P. White Campus has expanded from

about 45 acres to more than 200. In addition to a bachelor’s of

arts and sciences degree, LWC now offers master’s degrees as

well as a doctoral program.

“Seeing those things happen makes you feel good about Lindsey

Wilson and where it is headed,” Bryant said. “It’s just a very

good time to be involved with this college.”

Longtime Lindsey Wilson College staff member

Nancy Sinclair was named “Remarkable

Raider” in February by the college's Student

Government Association. The award is given

annually to an LWC staff member who the

LWC SGA officers believe embodies the college's

mission of serving "every student,

every day."

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is

the latest addition to Lindsey Wilson’s online

programs. The college was approved to begin

coursework in the fall 2016 semester.

The Breakfast with Fred Leadership Institute

completed a two-day visit on April 12-13 to

the A.P. White Campus of Lindsey Wilson

College. Nineteen business leaders met with

more than 800 students during the event.

The 2015-16 school year concluded with one

of the largest graduating classes in college

history. Combined with the 412 degrees the

college awarded last winter, Lindsey Wilson

awarded a total of 656 undergraduate and

graduate degrees this school year, the second

most in the 113-year history of The

United Methodist-affiliated college.

LWC acquires the fairgrounds property.

After more than a year of serious negotiations,

a land exchange agreement was

finalized. Under the arrangement, the Columbia

VFW Post 6097 transferred the

ownership of the property located at

411 Fairground Street to Lindsey Wilson


LWC Professor of Religion and Dean of the

Chapel Terry Swan and Assistant Professor

of Religion Curt Lee published A Noble Mind

– a book of essays about moral debates in

the 21st century. A number of current and

former LWC professors and alumni contributed

to the work including Instructors of

Religion Cinda Swan and Dennis Crump, Associate

Professor of Religion David Calhoun,

LWC alumnus Ronald Kaluya and former

LWC counseling professors Jennifer and

Daniel Williamson.


“ We also like to be

associated with

winning programs –

and when you are part

of Lindsey Wilson, you

are part of a winning


Bob Holloway


Mr. Lindsey Wilson College

Thank You


Robert Holloway, who led the

Lindsey Wilson College Board of

Trustees during more than a

decade of phenomenal growth, died on

May 20. He was 91.

Holloway, who was a Middletown,

Ky., resident, was chair of the Lindsey

Wilson Board of Trustees from 1998-

2011, a period when “Lindsey Wilson

came of age.”

“During its 113-year history, Lindsey

Wilson College has been blessed with

wonderful leaders, and Bob Holloway

stands at the top of the list as one of this

college’s most important leaders,” said

Lindsey Wilson President William T.

Luckey Jr., who has served as the college’s

eighth president since July 1, 1998.

“Not long after I became president, Bob

assumed chair of the board, and for more

than a decade he was an indispensable

adviser to me as well as respected voice

on the board.

“In many ways, Bob was Mr. Lindsey

Wilson College – he was our leader who

guided this college through its most dynamic

expansion, a period when Lindsey

Wilson came of age as a college. He and

his wife, Doris, have their fingerprints all

over this college.”

During Holloway’s tenure as board

chair, Lindsey Wilson’s budget expanded

from less than $20 million to more than

$52 million; enrollment grew from 1,463

to 2,600; the size of the faculty increased

from about 50 to more than 100; and several

major buildings were added to the

college’s A.P. White Campus. Also during

Holloway’s tenure, the size of Lindsey

Wilson’s graduating class expanded

so much that in 2004-05 college officials

split graduation into a winter and spring

commencement ceremony.

Holloway also played a key role in

supporting two of Lindsey Wilson’s

major buildings. In the mid-1980s, he led

fundraising efforts for a new building to

house the college’s Katie Murrell Library.

The new building – which was

subsequently named the Holloway Building

in memory of his parents, Gertrude

and Peak – opened in 1987 and allowed

Lindsey Wilson to make the transition

from a junior college into a baccalaureate

liberal arts college.

About 15 years later, Holloway and

his wife committed more than $1 million

to help fund an expansion to the Holloway

Building, which allowed Lindsey

Wilson’s academic programs to continue

their growth.

In recognition of his support of libraries

in the commonwealth, Holloway

received the 2002 William H. Natcher

Award from the Kentucky Library Association.

“It was such a surprise for me to receive

this award because so many other

people are deserving of this great honor.

I’m just very, very grateful,” Holloway

said upon receiving the award. “The 19th

century minister the Rev. George Dawson

once said, ‘A great library contains

the diary of the human race,’ and that’s

why I’ve always supported libraries –

they are central to any great college or


Holloway also played a lead role in

funding the Doris and Bob Holloway

Health & Wellness Center, which was

opened in February 2010. The 73,232-

square-foot center, the largest building on

the A.P. White Campus, includes an indoor,

eight-lane swimming pool; recreation

pool; 40-person hot tub; indoor

walking track; racquetball court; cardiovascular

area; weightlifting room; and

three basketball courts.

Holloway joined the Lindsey Wilson

Board of Trustees in 1982. An adviser to

three Lindsey Wilson presidents, Holloway

was chair of the board’s development

committee during a crucial time. He

was a critical player in leading a fiveyear

capital campaign in the early 1990s

that raised $18 million, more than $1.2

million above its goal. He also played a

key role in the college’s “Changing Lives

Campaign,” which raised more than $56

million from 2003-10.

Holloway was also a major champion

of building the Lindsey Wilson Endowment.

“Building the endowment at Lindsey

Wilson has been one of my personal

goals since I joined the board of

trustees,” he said in 1997. “A strong endowment

will guarantee a solid college

that is able to compete in the higher-education


Holloway was also chair when the

Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees voted

in April 2008 to revive the college’s football

program, which had been dormant

since 1935.

“One of the great things about Bob’s

leadership was that he was committed to

building and developing a complete college

because he wanted Lindsey Wilson

students to be well-rounded citizens of

the world,” Luckey said. “Bob not only

demanded that Lindsey Wilson have

high-quality academic programs, but he

In many ways, Bob

was Mr. Lindsey Wilson

College – he was

our leader who guided

this college through its

most dynamic expansion,

a period when

Lindsey Wilson came

of age as a college. He

and his wife, Doris,

have their fingerprints

all over this college. ”

William T. Luckey Jr.

LWC President

also made sure that we had an outstanding

student-support system as well as a

national-championship caliber athletic


In a 2003 interview, Holloway said

that one reason he enjoyed supporting

Lindsey Wilson was because of the college’s

mission to serve every student,

every day, and also because “they get the

most juice out of the tomato. There is

very little wasted.”

A Navy veteran, Holloway was a graduate

of Purdue University, where he was

sports editor of his college newspaper,

The Exponent. Holloway then joined

Dr. Holloway stands

with President

William T. Luckey Jr.

in the Holloway Building,

which houses the Katie

Murrell Library.

Aluminum Company of America, now

ALCOA, working in that company’s

sales division for six years before entering

the motel and swimming pool business.

“It’s always a great honor to be involved

with any institution of higher education

– especially a Christian

institution,” Holloway said in 1998. “At

the same time, there is a responsibility

for trustees to keep everything on track

and make sure that everything continues

to go in a positive direction. And at Lindsey

Wilson College, everything is going

in the right direction. In so many ways,

Lindsey Wilson is a leader in higher education.

… I have been so impressed with

what so many people have done for Lindsey

Wilson. We have an excellent board

of trustees, and it is our responsibility to

ensure that we maintain a high standard

of excellence throughout the college.”

In addition to his involvement at Lindsey

Wilson, Holloway was one of the

outstanding citizens of Middletown, Ky.

He served The United Methodist Church

in several capacities, and he was a member

of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors.

“I think all of us love to give our time

or resources to charitable institutions, but

I like to give to efficient organizations

such as Lindsey Wilson College,” he

said. “We also like to be associated with

winning programs – and when you are

part of Lindsey Wilson, you are part of a

winning organization.”

Holloway was preceded in death by

his wife, Doris. He is survived by four

children: Susan Randall, Rebecca Morris,

Jennifer Thompson and Robert Scott

Holloway; 10 grandchildren; and one



Operationally 2015-16

was a strong year.

In our core operations

(excluding investments),

total revenues exceeded

total expenses by


In the past three years

we have reduced debt

by $7.4 million or 18%

which continues to

strengthen our

balance sheet.


Columbia Mayor Curtis Hardwick joined five Lindsey Wilson College students from Japan to

celebrate their “Coming of Age” ceremony in January at Columbia City Hall. The Coming of Age

ceremony, which dates to the 8th century, is a Japanese tradition that celebrates when a person

in Japan reaches legal adulthood, which is the age of 20. From left: Ami Kumazawa of Yokohama,

Japan; Eri Sugiyama of Ogaki, Japan; Hardwick; Karin Yamamura of Nagoya, Japan; Ayaka

Maeda of Tsushima, Japan; and Mikoto Okawa of Nagoya, Japan.

Three students received an L3

Student Leadership Award in April

at the eighth-annual L3 Student

Leadership Banquet. From left:

Mariah Stearns of Bardstown, Ky.;

Hannah McCandless of

Elizabethtown, Ky.; and

Caleb Keeton of Oregonia, Ohio.

Harlan, Ky., native Haley Morgan

Cook, pictured with escort Dalton

Overbay, represented Lindsey Wilson

College in the 2016 Mountain

Laurel Festival at Pine Mountain

State Park, Pineville, Ky.

The endowment has increased

46% in the last five years.


The mission of Lindsey Wilson College

is to serve the educational needs of students by providing a

living-learning environment within an atmosphere of

active caring and Christian concern where

every student, every day,

learns and grows and feels like a real human being.

210 Lindsey Wilson Street

Columbia, Kentucky 42728



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