L I N D S E Y W I L S O N C O L L E G E
President’s Annual Report and Honor Roll of Donors
In Memory of
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.
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
“I count her among
the top few most capable,
and friends I
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
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
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
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.”
• 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
• 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.
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
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
“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
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,”
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
“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
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
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
“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
“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.”
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.”
LWC WINS LEARFIELD
Lindsey Wilson is the sixth NAIA institution to win the Learfield Cup.
...we want them to
excel in their chosen
members and leaders
in their communities.
To me, that’s the true
mark of a national
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.”
A W I N N I N G Y E A R
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
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.
for our students.
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.”
...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
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
“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.”
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
“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
“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.”
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
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.”
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.”
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
“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.”
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
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
“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
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.”
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
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
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
“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
“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
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.”
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,
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
“ We also like to be
winning programs –
and when you are part
of Lindsey Wilson, you
are part of a winning
Mr. Lindsey Wilson College
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
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
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
“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.
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
William T. Luckey Jr.
in the Holloway Building,
which houses the Katie
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
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
was a strong year.
In our core operations
total revenues exceeded
total expenses by
In the past three years
we have reduced debt
by $7.4 million or 18%
which continues to
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.
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Columbia, Kentucky 42728
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