Owensboro, Ky. (July 30, 2014) – Dr. Craig Turner, president of Kentucky Wesleyan College, today announced his plans to retire effective Sept. 15. He became president on June 1, 2011, following presidencies at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., and Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Turner and his wife, Annette, will reside in Dallas, Texas, near their two grown children and three grandchildren. Dr. Turner remarked in announcing his retirement:
“I will celebrate my 68th birthday in January. After serving as a college president for 13 years and as a senior administrator for more than 22 years, the time has come for me to step away from something I have loved doing. Annette and I made this decision in March, and I informed the chair of the Board of Trustees on April 1.
We love Kentucky Wesleyan College and the Wesleyan family, but our commitment to each other, to our immediate family and to our faith has informed and repeatedly confirmed this decision.
I am pleased that the enrollment strategy we initiated in 2011 is coming to fruition with a significant increase in freshmen in August. We are about to begin an extensive renovation of one of the dorms, Kendall Hall, and the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church made a joint appointment this summer with the
assignment of Rev. Jim Coleman as pastor at Wesleyan Heights United Methodist Church and as chair of the Religion Department at Wesleyan. A debate team will be added this fall, as well as an NCAA bowling team. This is an exciting time for Wesleyan, and a tough time to be leaving.”
In addition to a new enrollment approach, under Dr. Turner’s leadership the choral and band programs were revamped and both programs have experienced substantial growth; an emphasis on student retention is in place through a grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation; the Board of Visitors and Board of Young Associates were created; Wesleyan became a charter member of the new Great Midwest Athletic Conference; and NCAA Track and Field were added.
Chair of the Board of Trustees Tom Grieb said of Dr. Turner’s announcement:
“President Turner guided our College with great determination, innovation and a firm belief in the value of Christian-based liberal arts education. We are deeply grateful. Thanks to his vision in implementing a new enrollment strategy, we will have a robust enrollment in August, and we are already experiencing a high level of interest among high school students for 2015. He also created the Board of Visitors and Board of Young Associates, with a resultant increase in alumni participation, and his emphasis on strong music programs for both majors and non-majors has transformed the campus with superior choral and band offerings. Although we understand the Turners’ decision to move to Texas, we will miss them. They leave Kentucky Wesleyan with a strong foundation for the future.”
Grieb also shared that action to name a successor to Dr. Turner is in process. This decision will be announced at a later date.
Monday morning we got up a 6:30 AM, made breakfast, our lunches for the day and set out Bahia Honda Beach across the 7 mile bridge. Waters were choppy today because of the 15+ mph wind. North side beach was shut down because of a bacteria warning, so we made our way to Southside. We saw many creatures including, Sergeant Majors, Barracuda, Upside down jellyfish, flounder, and sea urchins. We left there and went to Sandspur beach and saw many more of the same creatures and more including a huge Queen Conch. Waves were rough on Sandspur, so we definitely got our work out in the water. Around 1:30 PM we set out to Spanish Harbor Key and saw MANY new fish! Spanish Harbor started out around 2 ft deep and then around 5ft out, it was a drop off to about 50ft. We saw MANY parrotfish, a southern ray, a great barracuda, grouper, hogfish, and a spaghetti worm. Lauren got stung by a Mangrove upside down jelly today on her arm! She’s okay though, put some cream on it. We left around 4:30PM, got back to the house and put all of our gear up, made dinner, and talked about the day of what we encountered. We are all pretty burned from today but can’t wait for tomorrow’s adventures!
Owensboro, Ky. (March 20, 2014 - Pianist Diane Earle and the Kentucky Wesleyan College Wind Ensemble will perform a joint concert at RiverPark Center Cannon Hall on Sunday, March 30, at 3 p.m. Both Earle and the Wind Ensemble will perform several pieces separately and then will combine for George Gershwin’s beloved “Rhapsody in Blue.” Steven A. Pederson, Director of Bands at Kentucky Wesleyan College, will conduct the Wind Ensemble and Honors Wind Ensemble, assisted by DuWayne Dale. Dale is Director of Bands at Daviess County High School. This 95-member group will feature traditional and contemporary works for the wind ensemble by Shostakovich, Barnes, Biebl, Press and Fillmore, and Earle will perform works by Kapustin, Chopin and Debussy. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Steven Pederson at 859-3233-8666.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) has named Roy Pickerill as this year’s recipient of the Dr. Thomas Kearns Service Award, it was announced Monday by the conference office. The long-time sports information director (SID) at Kentucky Wesleyan College is in his 35th year of assisting in the promotion of GLVC sports and NCAA Division II basketball.
Pickerill will be a guest of the GLVC at this week’s Deaconess GLVC Basketball Championship Tournament and formally recognized at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Spring Awards Banquet in St. Louis on May 20.
Now in his 42nd year at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Pickerill has been helping promote the GLVC since its inception in in 1978. He served as the league’s SID from 1980 to 1983, while maintaining the same role on campus. The 1975 KWC graduate worked as a student assistant in the sports information office his senior year and was named the school’s first assistant SID upon graduation. He held that position for 13 years and then was named to his current full-time position in 1988.
In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities at Kentucky Wesleyan, Pickerill has also played an integral role in the promotion of both GLVC and NCAA Division II basketball over the past two decades. Later this month, he will be involved with the media coordination of the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Elite Eight for the 21st season.
In 2012, Pickerill was honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for his 30-plus years of service at Kentucky Wesleyan. In 1999, he was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame – the only SID from the state of Kentucky and the GLVC to have achieved that honor.
In 1998, he received the prestigious Warren Berg Award, presented to a college division member who has made outstanding contributions to the field of sports information. He was also elected the inaugural President of the newly formed Division II Sports Information Directors Association (D2SIDA) in 2006 and served a three-year term.
On campus, his alma mater accorded him the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1994, the highest honor for an alumnus. Pickerill was then inducted into the Kentucky Wesleyan College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012.
Following the 2012-13 academic season, Kentucky Wesleyan resigned its full-time membership from the GLVC and moved to the start-up Division II Great Midwest Athletic Conference. After the 2013 football season concluded, Kentucky Wesleyan officially resigned from the GLVC as an associate member in the sport, leaving the 2014-15 academic season as the first in conference history without Pickerill holding official duties related to the GLVC. Despite being affiliated with another conference, Pickerill’s passion for and knowledge of the GLVC will continue to keep him as one of the few true league historians.
The GLVC Service Award is named in honor of Dr. Thomas Kearns, who was Northern Kentucky’s faculty athletic representative for 23 years and provided unparalleled service to the GLVC during that period. Kearns served the GLVC as both treasurer and president during his tenure at NKU and assisted with the budget reporting system and the current revenue sharing policy. He spearheaded the league’s first major expansion, wrote the GLVC Hall of Fame guidelines, served on the initial GLVC Awards Committee and developed and maintained the GLVC Handbook. Kearns spent countless hours developing the GLVC into one of the premier NCAA Division II athletic conferences.
In honor of Dr. Kearns, the Service Award is presented to an individual or group that has contributed to the success of the GLVC as it relates to the NCAA Division II attributes of learning, balance, resourcefulness, sportsmanship, passion and service. It was first presented in 2011 to Northern Kentucky’s Kevin Listerman, and has since been awarded to SIU Edwardsville’s Eric Hess (2012) and Southern Indiana’s Dave and Lois Stevens (2013) over the last two years.
This weekend Spudz-N-Stuff is donating $1 per entrée served on Saturday to the Theatre program. I plan to have students there from 11-2 to talk up Charlie Brown (April 25th & 26th), and to do some singing/skits if requested. This is all day Saturday, so if someone can’t make it till later in the day, then that’s fine too. If you have already Liked our Theatre Facebook page, this image is up on it and you can share it there. If you haven’t liked our page, you should.