Lindsey Wilson College SGA President Jakob Beckley to represent independent colleges on state board

Lindsey Wilson SGA president Jakob BeckleyCOLUMBIA, Kentucky — Jakob Beckley, a senior business major and student body president at Lindsey Wilson College, has been appointed to represent independent college students on the Board of Student Body Presidents of Kentucky.

“I am grateful and honored to represent Lindsey Wilson College and the Association of Kentucky Independent Colleges and Universities on the Board of Student Body Presidents,” said Beckley. “I am excited to showcase the outstanding accomplishments of our independent colleges, while working with my fellow student body presidents and leaders across the commonwealth to help find solutions to issues that affect all secondary education students.

Beckley is from Pleasureville, Kentucky (Henry County High School) and is serving his second term as the Lindsey Wilson College student body president. In that role he leads the Student Government Association and serves as a student member on the LWC Board of Trustees. He is also a Bonner Scholar and a student assistant in the LWC Alumni and Development office.

“Jakob had already shown some initiative last year to bring AIKCU student government leaders together, so he was a natural choice when we thought about who might represent AIKCU students on a state level,” said Mason Dyer, AIKCU vice president.

The Board of Student Body Presidents of Kentucky was formally established by state statute in 2013 to advise the legislative and executive branches and the Council on Postsecondary Education regarding postsecondary education issues and concerns of college students. The Board is composed of the student body presidents from Kentucky’s eight public universities, two representatives from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), and a private college representative selected by AIKCU.

Three additional AIKCU student government presidents have been tapped to serve on the newly established Kentucky Student Advisory Council: John L. Grevious (Bellarmine University), Rebekah Mobley (Campbellsville University), and Lynsey Doyles (Midway University).


Centre College wins AIKCU “Battle of the Bumpers” license plate sales title

centre license plate

Centre College narrowly edged out Transylvania University to claim the 2018 “Battle of the Bumpers” license plate sales title.

The “Battle of the Bumpers” is a friendly competition between the 18 AIKCU member institutions to see who can generate the most sales of their institution-branded “Kentucky Independent Higher Education” license plates. Ten dollars from the sale of each plate goes directly back to the institution to support student scholarships. Transylvania has had a lock on  the title for the last decade.

While Centre and Transy remained at the top of the sales competition, Bellarmine University increased their annual total sales by 10% in 2018 and made the competition into a legitimate three way sales race.

Total sales of Kentucky Independent Higher Education license plates generated nearly $58,000 for student scholarships in 2018, bringing the total to more than $670,000 since the plates first hit the road in 2003.

Kentucky Independent Higher Education license plates are available through all Kentucky County Clerks offices. View all AIKCU member plates.

See also: Centre College victorious in Kentucky’s Battle of the Bumpers (

Welcome to new campus staff members

As we begin the fall semester and AIKCU’s fall member group meeting schedule, we thought it would be appropriate to acknowledge senior staff serving in new roles on our member campuses.

We’ve attempted to organize this list of new folks according to the functional areas that correspond with AIKCU’s internal member groups. Some of these people are brand new to the AIKCU family. Others have recently enjoyed promotions or shifted responsibilities on campus. And some have been in their positions for a while but were never properly introduced after assuming new roles during the last academic year. Welcome to all.

Presidents’ Offices:

Bellarmine University – President Susan M. Donovan

Berea College – Sherry Thiele, Executive Asst. to the President

Kentucky Wesleyan College – Scott Kramer, VP of Executive Initiatives & Retention

Lindsey Wilson College – Amy Thompson-Wells, Executive Asst. to the President

Transylvania University – Kristin Milam, Executive Asst. to the President

Transylvania University – Rachel Millard, Chief of Staff

University of the Cumberlands – Jamirae Hammons Holbrook, Executive VP/Chief of Staff

Academic Affairs

Asbury University – Bonnie Banker, Interim Provost

Lindsey Wilson College – Patricia Parrish, VP for Academic Affairs

University of the Cumberlands – Shannon Deaton, Dean of Education


Asbury University – Mark Troyer, VP for Institutional Advancement

Centre College – Shawn Lyons, VP for Development & Alumni Engagement

Centre College – Jamey Leahey, VP for Legal Affairs & Gift Planning

Thomas More College – Robyn Hoffman, VP for Institutional Advancement

Transylvania University – Martin Smith, VP for Advancement

University of the Cumberlands – William Stohlmann, Director of Development

Career Development

Lindsey Wilson College – Laura Burwash, Director of Career Services

Transylvania University – Tracy Dunn, Director of Career Development


Berea College – Kim Brown, Assoc. VP of Marketing & Communications

University of Pikeville – Laura Damron, Director of Public Affairs

Admissions/Enrollment Management

Asbury University – Bill Hall, VP for Enrollment Management

Campbellsville University – Shane Garrison, VP for Enrollment Services

University of Pikeville – John Yancey, Director of Admissions


Midway University – Greg Heidemann, Director of Facilities

Transylvania University – Darrell Banks, Director of the Physical Plant

Financial Aid

Kentucky Wesleyan College – Crystal Hamilton, Financial Aid Director

Midway University – Justin Cristello, Director of Student Financial Planning

University of Pikeville – Jennifer Bates, Financial Aid Director

Human Resources

University of the Cumberlands – Steve Allen, Director of HR

Information Technology

Centre College – Andrew Ryan, Chief Information Officer

Transylvania University – Krista Story, Activing VP for Information Technology

Institutional Research/Effectiveness

Asbury University – Paul Stephens, Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness & Strategic Planning

Library Services

Georgetown College – Andrew Adler, Director of Library Services

Student Affairs

Campbellsville University – Rusty Watkins, Dean of Students

Kentucky Wesleyan College – Rebecca McQueen, Dean of Student Services

Thomas More College – Kevin Reynolds, Dean of Students

University of Pikeville – Justin Owens, Dean of Students

Meet the 2017 AIKCU Frankfort intern class

2017 AIKCU Interns
2017 AIKCU Interns (l-r): Caroline Abbott, Centre College; Hayden McLeod, University of Pikeville; Harry Hill, UPIKE; Donald Anderson, UPIKE; Brandon Lopez, UPIKE; and Crystal Hodges, Lindsey Wilson College.

Six students from Kentucky private colleges are spending the spring semester in the state capital working and studying as part of AIKCU’s Frankfort Semester Internship Program.

The 2017 AIKCU interns are working approximately 30 hours per week in positions related to state government and taking two upper level seminars. They include:

  • Caroline Abbott, a Centre College junior from Nashville majoring in Politics and International Relations. Caroline is interning this spring with the Kentucky Retail Federation.
  • Donald Anderson, a University of Pikeville senior majoring in Sports Management and Accounting from Kingsland, Georgia. Donald’s internship is with the Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety.
  • Harry Hill, a UPIKE junior majoring in Business Administration from London, England. Harry is interning with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
  • Crystal Hodges, a Lindsey Wilson College junior from Louisville majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Crystal is working in the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
  • Brandon Lopez, a UPIKE senior from Smyrna, Tennessee majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology, is interning with the Kentucky Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety.
  • Hayden McLeod, a UPIKE senior Business Administration major from Hartlepool, England is also interning with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

The AIKCU internship program was established in 2000 to provide valuable on-the-job experience to students interested in public affairs and expose them to public service as a career option. A number of former AIKCU interns have gone on to careers in public service, including former interns currently working in U.S. Congressional offices, the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, and in various branches of Kentucky state government.

Interns are supervised and guided throughout the semester by program coordinator Richard Wilson, a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. Interns may qualify for up to a full semester of academic credit from their home institution upon completion of their work experience and two seminars focused on public administration and Kentucky government and politics. Interns receive a stipend to partially cover their living expenses for the semester.

More information about the AIKCU Frankfort Semester Internship program is available at

AIKCU students take home 39 awards in Kentucky Academy of Science 2016 Student Research Competition

The opportunity to engage in undergraduate research is a hallmark of Kentucky’s private colleges. Some of that research was on display during the recent Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) Student Research Competition, where students from eight different AIKCU member institutions took home a total of 39 awards.

The annual competition recognizes outstanding student research from the Kentucky Academy of Science’s postsecondary affiliates, which include 16 nonprofit private colleges, all 8 four-year Kentucky public universities, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Awards are given for undergraduate scientific poster, undergraduate oral presentation, and graduate oral presentation in each of 19 scientific disciplines.

AIKCU students’ 39 total awards came in the form of 18 first place, 17 second place, and four third place awards. Berea College students received the most awards with 24. Students from Asbury University, Bellarmine University, Brescia University, Centre College, Georgetown College, Transylvania University, and the University of Pikeville also took home honors.

Congratulations to these AIKCU students on their recognition in the following categories of the Kentucky Academy of Science 2016 Student Research Competition:

Agricultural Sciences (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Kassandra H. Carter, Berea College

1st Place: Helina Asrat, Berea College

Anthropology & Sociology (Poster Presentations)

1st Place: Kyree Hobson and Simeon Huff, Berea College

Botany (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Austin Adam, Bellarmine University

1st Place: Preye Agbana, Brescia University

Botany (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

3rd Place: Sean Nilan, Berea College


Cellular and Molecular Biology (Poster Presentations)

3rd Place: Meghan Kramer, Berea College

1st Place: Hsuan Peng, Berea College


Cellular and Molecular Biology (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

3rd Place: Jodi DeJohn, Georgetown College

1st Place: Seth Reasoner, Berea College

Chemistry: Analytical/Physical (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Ana Gabriela Mira, Centre College

1st Place: Job K. Limo, Berea College

Chemistry: Analytical/Physical (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

1st Place: Kyaw “Joe” Hpone Myint, Berea College

Chemistry: Organic/Inorganic (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Michael B. James and Kateryna O. Nabukhotna, Berea College

Computer and Information Sciences (Poster Presentations)

3rd Place: Carson Blevins, Bellarmine University

2nd Place: Zachary Eckert, Bellarmine University

Computer and Information Sciences (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

2nd Place: Aaron Andries, Bellarmine University

Ecology and Environmental Sciences (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Olivia Slater and Nina Meneses, Berea College

1st place: Jaylen Beatty, Transylvania University

Engineering (Poster Presentations)

1st Place: Brooke Kennedy, Bellarmine University

Health Sciences (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Danielle Upton, University of Pikeville

Mathematics (Poster Presentations)

1st place: Bhavesh Ramkorun, Berea College

Physics and Astronomy (Poster Presentations)

2nd place: Dustin Watts, Berea College

1st place: Tanner Thompson, Berea College

Physics and Astronomy (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

1st Place: Isaac Vock, Centre College

Physiology and Biochemistry (Poster Presentations)

2nd place: James McCarthey, Berea College

1st place: Marco Santos, Berea College

Physiology and Biochemistry (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

2nd place: Tatiana Mikhailova, Berea College

1st place: Young Hwan Kim, Asbury University

Psychology (Poster Presentations)

1st place: Alicia Bedolla, Berea College

Psychology (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

2nd place (tie): Brett Vitkun, Centre College

2nd place (tie): Valerie Zehr, Berea College

1st place: Tiffany Estep, Berea College

Science Education (Poster Presentations)

2nd place: Douglas J. Kelly, Bellarmine University

1st place: Aubrey Melton, Berea College

Science Education (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

2nd place: Casey Tetidrick , Berea College

1st place: Alexandria Szalanczy, Centre College

Zoology (Poster Presentations)

2nd place: Robin Hauschner and Favour Akabogo, Berea College

Zoology (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

2nd place: Jillian Kendall, Berea College
For a complete list of categories and winners from the 2016 Student Research Competition, visit the Kentucky Academy of Science site.

Welcome new AIKCU member staff

With a new academic year comes a new group of employees on our member campuses. We’ve attempted to catalog all the new senior campus staff (or relatively new staff, or seasoned employees taking on new roles) below and by highlighting them in bold in our updated 2016-17 AIKCU Membership Directory. The directory includes contact information for all AIKCU member senior staff as well as other important contact information, like AIKCU group listerv addresses and contact information for Kentucky congressional offices.

Welcome to all of these new senior leaders on our member campuses:

Academic Affairs: Linda Strong-Leek, VP for Diversity/Inclusion and Assoc. VP for Academic Affairs, Berea College; Mary Elizabeth Stivers, Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, Midway University; Joanne Berryman, Provost, Spalding University; and Lori Werth, the first ever Provost at the University of Pikeville.

Advancement: David Hutchens, VP for Advancement, UPIKE.

Business Officers: David Wilhite, CFO/Treasurer, Georgetown College; John Dundon, CFO, Kentucky Christian University; Rush Sherman, CFO, Spalding University; Chris Rolph, CFO, University of the Cumberlands; Quentin Young, Director of Business Services, University of the Cumberlands; Barry Bentley, VP for Finance and Business Affairs, UPIKE.

Communications: Keith Spears, Vice President for Communication and Asst. to the President (a new role), Campbellsville University; Samantha Combs, Coordinator of Communications, Kentucky Christian University; Venus Popplewell, Director of Public Relations, Lindsey Wilson College; Marita Salkowski, Communications/PR Director, Thomas More College; Andrew Powell, Senior Director of Communication, Union College

Enrollment Management: Jonathan Sands-Wise, VP Enrollment Management, Georgetown College; Sheree Greer, Director of Admissions, Kentucky Christian University; Jeremy Pittman, VP of Admissions & Financial Aid, Kentucky Wesleyan College; Kelly Gosnell, Dean of Enrollment Services, Midway University; Chris Powers, Assoc. VP of Enrollment, Thomas More College; Holly Sheilley, VP of Enrollment/Student Affairs, Transylvania University

Institutional Research: Jessica Hearn, Director of Institutional Research, Georgetown College; Wesley Whistle, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research, Kentucky Wesleyan College

Information Technology:  Bryan Blount, Sr. Director of Information Services & Resources, Kentucky Wesleyan College

Public Safety: Debbie Fox, Director Public Safety, Bellarmine; Isaac Duncan, Safety Officer, Brescia; Bill Wilson, Director of Campus Safety, Thomas More College

And here at AIKCU, Krista Hudson has been promoted to VP for Member Services.

Statement from AIKCU President Gary S. Cox on St. Catharine College closure

AIKCU member St. Catharine College announced earlier today that it will close at the end of July.

The following is a statement from AIKCU President Gary S. Cox, PhD on St. Catharine’s closing:

“St. Catharine College, led by its board and President Gnadinger, has worked tirelessly to address the concerns raised by the US Department of Education and to satisfy the DoE’s demands. I am extremely saddened by the DoE’s failure to act responsibly to resolve what they eventually agreed were inappropriately applied administrative compliance demands. The result is this 85-year-old college, with an educational legacy in the area stretching back 200 years, has been forced to close, displacing hundreds of students, faculty and staff and leaving an educational void in their region.”

SCC is truly a special place and the entire AIKCU family is saddened by this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty and staff affected by the closure.


St. Catharine College to close at end of July


The following release comes from St. Catharine College and is reprinted in its entirety. SCC has been a valued member of AIKCU. The college has been a critical community resource and a beacon of educational opportunity in their region. We are saddened by the news of St. Catharine’s pending closure and our hearts go out to their students, faculty, and staff.


St. Catharine, KY  –  After numerous recent meetings of the St. Catharine College Board of Trustees, chairman John Turner announced at a campus-wide faculty and staff meeting on Wednesday that the College would be closing its doors.

“It is with great sadness that I announce today, after exploring all possible options, the Board of Trustees has determined the challenges facing St. Catharine College are insurmountable and we will be closing the College at the end of July,” Turner said.

He went on to say the decline in overall enrollment, caused recently by the federal Department of Education’s admitted wrongful withholding of student aid on several key academic programs, has proven to be too difficult to manage with the debt obligation the College has assumed in recent years.

The debt he referenced was due to the building of new facilities including residence halls, a health-sciences building, and most recently a state-of-the-art library.

President Cindy Gnadinger and the College’s Board of Trustees have worked tirelessly in attempting to satisfy the requirements of the DoE and to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in immediate operating funds through this past spring semester.

“Without the enrollment and with the DOE’s chokehold on our cashflow, the debt is simply not manageable,” Chairman Turner explained.

According to a newsletter from Gnadinger on April 18, “a detailed and lengthy mediation process… failed to resolve the profound negative impacts that prior DOE decisions have had on our institution.” Mediation failed after other financial aid submissions were rejected for varying reasons, and the DOE failed to agree to pay the Colleges damages for diminishing its overall enrollment and reputation.

The DOE’s sanctioning of the College has not only critically restricted operational cash flow, but has also irreparably damaged the College’s ability to attract students. Prior to the problems with the DOE, enrollment was approximately 600 full-time students. Current enrollment projections are significantly diminished to fewer than 475 students enrolled for the Fall 2016 semester – a drop that College officials exclusively attribute to the negative impact of the DOE’s ongoing refusal to allow financial aid in key academic programs.

In recent weeks, the College administrators and trustees have explored various options for moving ahead and even explored the idea of an alliance with several other institutions. St. Catharine College President, Dr. Cindy Gnadinger, has recently held meetings with other college leaders, but the idea of some type of merger has proven unsuccessful.

The decision came after a board meeting Tuesday night, where the Board voted to close.

College administrators state they have reached out to several other institutions to establish teach-out plans for the current students. College administrators remain committed to ensuring this difficult situation is not exacerbated by a difficult transfer situation for SCC’s students.

Articulation agreements are being put together to ensure students’ academic credits will transfer easily and tuition arrangements will be honored as closely to the tuition rates that St. Catharine students are accustomed to paying.

Chairman Turner expressed his gratitude to the employees of the College for working diligently through what has been an extremely challenging year.

Summer camps and classes will proceed as already scheduled, but no classes will begin in the Fall.

SCC employed 118 full-time faculty and staff employees, as well as numerous part-time staff and adjunct instructors.

Prior to the Board’s decision to close the school, every avenue was investigated to save SCC, according to College officials. One plan of action that the school did implement was to fight the DOE’s strict sanctions by filing a lawsuit in federal court in late February, claiming the DOE was unlawfully withholding student financial aid funds. The lawsuit was filed Feb. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, based in Louisville.


But SCC did not have the financial capacity or cash flow to stay afloat while the DOE’s rules changed nearly monthly.  This resulted in the College needing $5million to move forward next year and position the school confidently into future.

Some local donors stepped up to help keep the College’s doors open while administration worked through issues with the DOE. However, these fundraising efforts were not enough and not in time.

With the length of time involved in financial aid sanctions, litigation, and other looming capital debt, SCC would not be able to sustain the College’s financial needs even for the coming Fall semester.

What started as a school in a “still house” in the early 1800s and grew to a four-year college in the heart of bourbon country will be shuttered before a new semester starts in the Fall – forever silencing the legacy of its pioneering, founding Dominican Sisters.

After educating thousands of students over the course of nearly 200 years, and after repeatedly addressing all the sanction issues of the DOE to no avail, the tiny private College’s financial crisis will close its doors for good.


ABOUT ST. CATHARINE COLLEGE: Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders, and engaged citizens.

Spring Commencements send off the Class of 2016

Commencement season is underway. We’ve attempted to aggregate 2016 commencement information for our member institutions here in one place. Where incomplete, listings will be updated as information becomes available. As always, visit the institutions’  websites for the most current and accurate information.

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

Alice Lloyd College

Saturday, May 7
Grady Nutt Athletic Center
Speaker: George Nicholas, III, ALC alumnus and Senior Vice President of New York Life Insurance Company
Graduates: 82

ALC Celebrates the Class of 2016 (


Asbury University

Commencement for APS and Graduate Students:
Saturday, May 7
10 AM
Hughes Auditorium
Speaker: Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
100 graduates were honored

Commencement for Traditional Undergraduate Students:
Saturday, May 9
Luce Center
Speaker: Dr. Billy Jang Hwan Kim, pastor, evangelist, and world-renown broadcaster.
260 graduates were honored

Asbury University commencement page:

Bellarmine University

Saturday, May 14
9 AM
Owsley Brown Frazier Stadium (Severe weather: Knights Hall)
Speaker: The Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Honorary degrees: Kurtz and retired Dish Network CEO Joseph P. Clayton, a Bellarmine alumnus, will receive honorary doctoral degrees from Dr. Doris Tegart, Bellarmine’s interim president
Anticipated number of degrees: 607 (468 undergraduate, 139 graduate and doctoral)

Commencement page:

Archbishop Kurtz to speak at Bellarmine’s May 14 Commencement (


Berea College

Sunday, May 8
Seabury Arena
Speaker: Dr. Everett McCorvey
Graduates: 260 total (216 spring graduates, the remainder will complete degree requirements in August)

McCorvey Urges Berea Graduates to Pursue Impossible Dream (


Brescia University

Saturday, May 14
10 AM CT
RiverPark Center
Speaker: Sister Sharon Sullivan
Anticipated number of graduates: 167

Campbellsville University

Graduate Commencement:
Friday, May 13
7 PM
Ransdell Chapel
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award: Dr. Joseph L. Owens, fifth-term chair of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees and Campbellsville University 1977 alumnus; pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, Lexington, Ky.
Anticipated number of graduates: 128 master’s degrees are to be awarded

Undergraduate Commencements:
Bachelor’s Graduation
Saturday, May 14
9 AM
Powell Athletic Center
Speaker: Dr. Joseph L. Owens, fifth-term chair of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees and Campbellsville University 1977 alumnus; pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, Lexington, Ky.
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award: Kristen Nicole Jacob, 2016 senior from Lexington, Ky.
Anticipated number of graduates: 156 bachelor of science degrees are to be awarded

Bachelor’s and Associate’s Graduation
Saturday, May 14
Powell Athletic Center
Speaker: Dr. Joseph L. Owens, fifth-term chair of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees and Campbellsville University 1977 alumnus; pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, Lexington, Ky.
Anticipated number of graduates: 126 bachelor and associate degrees to be awarded

Campbellsville University to graduate over 400 students (

Centre College

Sunday, May 22
Newlin Hall of the Norton Center for the Arts
3 PM
Speaker: Deborah Bial, founder, Posse Foundation
Honorary Degrees: Deborah Bial, Harold (Hal) Smith
Anticipated number of graduates: 303

Posse Founder Deborah Bial to deliver 2016 Commencement address at Centre (


Georgetown College

Saturday, May 14
10 AM
Giddings Lawn (inclement weather: Davis-Reid Alumni Gym)
Speaker: Robert L. Mills, Jr., a 1967 alumnus, retired banking executive, and son of former GC president, the late Robert L. Mills.
Special Recognition: Don and Chris Kerr Cawthorne Award for Faculty Excellence (winner TBA)
Anticipated number of graduates: 218 (174 Bachelor’s; 44 Master of Arts in Education)

Commencement page:

Over 200 Degrees to be Conferred Saturday (


Kentucky Christian University

Saturday, May 7
10 AM
Dick Damron Hall of Champions, Lusby Center
Speaker: Jim Gibson
Honorary degree: Honorary doctorate presented to Jack Strother, Sr.
Graduates: 140 (6 master’s)

Kentucky Wesleyan College 

Saturday, April 30
10 AM CT
Jones Gymnasium
Speaker: Lydia Mari Dorman, KWC ’82, senior vice president of human resources for Coca-Cola in Japan
Honorary Degrees: Lydia Dorman, Randall Capps (KWC ’57), and Dr. Angelos Stergiou (KWC ’97)
Graduates: 125

Kentucky Wesleyan graduates 125 on rainy Saturday morning (

Lindsey Wilson College

Saturday, May 14
Biggers Sports Center
Speaker: Hall of Fame Journalist and Kentucky Educational Television host Bill Goodman
Honorary Degree: Bill Goodman; Henry Baughman, retired college professor and EMT expert
Anticipated number of degrees: 244 (13 associate degrees; 166 bachelor of arts degrees; 22 bachelor of science; 25 bachelor of science of nursing; 7 master of arts; 11 master of education)

Midway University

Saturday, May 14
11 AM
Graves Amphitheater (inclement weather: Marshall Gymnasium)

St. Catharine College

Saturday, May 14
11 AM
Lourdes Hall gymnasium
Speaker: Bill Lamb, WDRB
Anticipated number of graduates: 140 (41 associate degrees, 93 bachelor’s, 6 master’s)

Spalding University

Saturday, June 4
10 AM
Canaan Christian Church
Speaker: Spalding President Tori Murden McClure will address the graduates
Honorary Degrees: Honorary degrees will be presented to Walter Randolph Coe II, Ishmon F. Burks, and Ruth E. Williams-Brinkley. Susan Marie Gatz, SCN will receive the Caritas Award, the highest honor awarded by Spalding University.

Thomas More College

Saturday, May 14
11:30 AM
Connor Convention Center

Commencement page:

Transylvania University

Saturday, May 28
9 AM
Lawn in front of Old Morrison (rain location: Clive M. Beck Center)
Speaker: Jim Gray, Mayor of Lexington
Anticipated number of graduates: 280

Commencement page:


Union College

Saturday, May 7
10:30 AM
John M. Robsion Jr. Arena
Speaker: Thomas C. Clark, Chair Emeritus Union College Board of Trustees
Graduates: 211 (10 bachelor of arts; 133 bachelor of science, including 14 students from inaugural pre-licensure nursing class earning a BSN; 51 master of arts in education; 16 educational specialist; 7 master of arts in psychology; 12 chemical dependency counselor)

Commencement page:

University of the Cumberlands

Saturday, May 7
10 AM
O. Wayne Rollins Center on the University of Cumberlands campus

University of Pikeville

Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement:
Saturday, May 13
9:30 AM
East Kentucky Expo Center
Speaker: John W. Becher, D.O.
Honorary degree: Becher will receive an honorary Doctor of Osteopathic Education degree

University of Pikeville Commencement

Saturday, May 13
2 PM
East Kentucky Expo Center
Speaker: W. James (Jim) Host
Honorary degree: W. James (Jim) Host, honorary Doctor of Public Service

Commencement webpage:

University of Pikeville commencements set for May 14 (

UPIKE announces new president

Story and photo courtesy of the University of Pikeville

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., as the institution’s next president. The board’s decision was unanimous, according to Chairman Terry Dotson, who characterized Webb as the “21st preside

New UPIKE president Burton J. Webb PhD (center) is welcomed to campus by UPIKE students
New UPIKE president Burton J. Webb PhD (center) is welcomed to campus by UPIKE students

nt for the 21st Century.”

“Burton has the vision and leadership skills to lead us into the next decade. He understands the role the university will play, not only in the future development of education in our region, but in the future role of economic growth for our community,” Dotson said.

Webb, who currently serves as the vice president for academic affairs at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, will take office on Jan. 1, 2016.

“We are very pleased to have Burton and his lovely wife Kay join the UPIKE family. The presidential search committee did an excellent job in identifying the 70 or so outstanding applicants. The person chosen by the search committee, the executive committee and the entire board of trustees is the best candidate,” said Dotson.

“We are proud of our team at UPIKE. The improvements and growth that has been accomplished by many dedicated people makes this a very desirable university to lead,” added Dotson. “God continues to bless this institution; bringing Dr. Webb and Kay is another blessing.”

President Joel K. Pearsall of Northwest Nazarene University echoed Dotson’s sentiments. “I and the Northwest Nazarene University community extend our heartfelt congratulations to Burton on his appointment as the next president of the University of Pikeville,” said Pearsall.

“This is a bittersweet moment as we bid Burton farewell, for he has served NNU admirably since joining our university in 2010. So, even as we mourn the loss of these trusted and valued colleagues, we wish both Burton and Kay well in this new assignment. UPIKE is fortunate to have Burton and Kay join its team and we wish the Webbs nothing but God’s very best as they move into this new leadership position.”

One of three finalists following a nationwide search, Webb is an experienced administrator, scientist and teacher-scholar. His accomplished career in higher education includes 16 years at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he served as associate dean for the School of Physical and Applied Sciences, chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and interim dean for the College of the Arts and Sciences. Along the way, Webb spent 14 years teaching medical immunology to first-year medical students at Indiana University School of Medicine.

“Kay and I are both thrilled and humbled to be joining the UPIKE family. It is our firm belief that we are called to serve the people of Eastern Kentucky at UPIKE.” said Webb. “The university is well positioned to continue to fulfill its mission as the ‘Leading University of Central Appalachia.’ We are passionate about that mission and excited to join the Pikeville community.”

Webb earned a doctorate in microbiology and immunology from Indiana University School of Medicine, a master’s degree in biology from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Olivet Nazarene University.

The Webbs share a passion for education. Kay’s educational background includes two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. For the last six years, Kay has been on the graduate faculty of Northwest Nazarene University where her research and teaching have focused on career counseling.

The couple has two grown children, Kelsea (26) and Mason (24) who is married to Lauria (Green). While the Webbs have no grandchildren, they do have two very active Australian Shepherds.