158 to Receive Degrees at Spring Commencement
Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 [11:06 AM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- An Adair County native
and a longtime local leader will be among those honored at Lindsey
Wilson College's 2012 spring commencement, to be held 10 a.m. CT
Saturday, May 12, in Biggers Sports Center.
A total of 158 degrees will be awarded at the ceremony, the
95th commencement in the college's history.
Combined with the degrees awarded at last December's winter
commencement, LWC will graduate a total of 445 undergraduate and
graduate students this school year, the fourth largest class in the
college's 109-year history.
The commencement address will be delivered by Wayne Meisel,
director of faith and service at the Cousins Foundation in
Lindsey Wilson will honor Adair County native Allan Parnell
and Adair County resident Sue Stivers with an honorary doctorate.
Meisel will also receive an honorary doctorate.
"Few individuals are better exemplars of what it means to
make a difference than Sue Stivers, Allan Parnell and Wayne
Meisel," said LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. "Allan is one of Adair
County's most distinguished favorite sons; Sue epitomizes what it
means to be a community leader; and Wayne is a role model for those
who want to change the world. All three individuals have subscribed
to the maxim that we should leave the world a little better than we
The aim of the Cousins Foundation is to connect young people
who have a passion for service and social justice with their
interest in spiritual exploration, faith formation and
Before joining the Cousins Foundation, Meisel was president
of The Corella and
Bertram F. Bonner Foundation of Princeton, N.J., an
organization that supports scholarships for low-income students at
22 schools in the Southeast and Midwest, including Lindsey Wilson,
through the Bonner Scholars Program. In return, each scholarship
recipient performs at least 600 hours of community service
From 1983-89, Meisel was founder of the internationally known
Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL), a platform for students
and graduates to lead, sustain and challenge their peers to serve
others and bring about positive change.
Meisel has served on the national boards of directors of the
Independent Sector; COOL; and The New Grange School, a nationally
acclaimed school for youths with learning disabilities. He was also
a founding board member of the President's Commission on National
and Community Service and Teach for America.
After he graduated with a government degree from Harvard
University, Meisel used a fellowship to walk from Maine to
Washington to champion student and campus involvement in community
Meisel is the author of two books, Building a
Movement: Students in Community Service and
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go: From Student Ideas to Campus
Action. He has also edited two books of quotes:
Men About Men and Light One
An Adair County native who now lives in Louisville, Ky.,
Parnell is founder and CEO of Mister "P" Express and chair of the Lindsey
Wilson Board of Trustees. Parnell was a member of the first class
to graduate from Adair County High School. He then moved to
Louisville, where he spent more than 20 years working at General
Electric Co.'s Appliance Park, which included attending GE's
legendary three-year management training program.
Parnell founded Mister "P" Express in 1987. What started with
three leased trucks has evolved into a business of 150 trucks, 250
employees and more than $30 million in annual sales. For six of the
eight last years, Business First of Louisville
has named Mister "P" Express as one of Greater Louisville's
fastest-growing privately held companies. Parnell serves as CEO of
the company; his wife, Bunny, is vice chairman; and their daughter,
Cindy Collier, is the company's president. Cindy is also a Lindsey
A native of Russell County, Ky., Stivers served for more than
40 years in the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension
Service, where she took the profession to new levels. Stivers was
the first home economics Extension agent in Cumberland County, a
position she held for nine years. She then came to Adair County,
where for more than three decades she met the community's economic,
educational and health needs as an Extension agent.
After retiring from the Cooperative Extension Service,
Stivers has served as executive director of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce, Tourism
Commission and Economic Development Authority Inc.
Lindsey Wilson's baccalaureate service will be held at 7 p.m.
CT Friday, May 11, in Biggers Sports Center. The address will be
given by the Rev. Todd Love, superintendent of the Columbia
District of the Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist
Following spring commencement on Saturday, the Lindsey Wilson
National Alumni Association will hold a reception for graduates and
their guests in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference
For more information about LWC's 95th commencement
ceremony, contact the college at email@example.com or (270)