Authenticity Key to LWC's Success, Luckey Tells Founders' Day Guests
Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 [12:39 AM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College
is a hard habit to shake.
That's what LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. told more
than 350 guests Thursday night at the college's annual Founders'
Day Dinner, held in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference
"This college has always had people who have been
passionate for this place," Luckey said in the keynote address.
"More than any rational person should have cared. ... There is an
irrational passion associated with this college. This place is like
super glue -- it just grabs you and you just can't shake it."
Luckey became the college's eighth president
on July 1, 1998, but he has served the liberal arts college for 30
years. Luckey and his wife, Elise, have held various administrative
and staff positions during that time.
"Elise and I have now invested 30 years of our lives
trying to make a difference in the lives of our students here at
Lindsey Wilson College," he said. "I have absolutely loved working
with students, trying to help them create a better future for
themselves because I've always believed so intensely in the
transformational power of a college degree."
Luckey, who is a first-generation college graduate, told
the guests that he's a walking example of the power of higher
education to transform a family.
"I don't know anything more powerful to break the chains
of ignorance and to change a generation than a college degree," he
Over the last decade, LWC has experienced one of the most
successful periods in the college's 110-year history: enrollment
has increased by 69 percent to its record 2,677; faculty has grown
by 93 percent to its record 114; more than 300,000 square feet of
academic and residential space have been added; and residential
student population has blossomed to its current level of 1,099.
Luckey said that a record number of students, faculty and
staff have been attracted to the college because of its authentic
"There's a genuineness in the people we encounter here on
this campus and in this community," he said. "We're not pretending
to be something that we're not or even aspiring to be somebody
else. We're just trying to be the best Lindsey Wilson College and
best people that we can be. And that's so rare in this day and age
when so many colleges make decisions based on the rankings in
U.S. News & World Report."
Luckey said that "this intoxicating spell that compels
all of us to be drawn to this place" shapes how LWC students view
their place in the world. Many of them are imbued with a strong
sense of social justice and service. For example, LWC students
donated more than 30,000 hours of community service this year to
the region's communities.
"The things that make this place special, money can't
buy," Luckey said. "There's not a stock, or a bond or a CD that you
can buy that gives you a better return on investment than investing
in the life of a student right here at Lindsey Wilson College."
Because of the college's supporters, LWC has become a
place where "dreams come true," Luckey said.
"For many of us in this room, this place, this campus,
this college is as close to heaven on earth than many of us will
ever experience, and it certainly is the place where dreams come
true," he said.
The Founders' Day Dinner was preceded by the annual
honors convocation in Biggers Sports Center, where more than three
dozen academic and professional awards were presented. The
President's Award was presented to Kendall Sewell
of Somerset, Ky., who will graduate next month with a bachelor of
arts degree in English with a minor in women's studies.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Brian Hilker received with
the Exemplary Teacher Award from the General Board of Higher
Education & Ministry of The United Methodist Church; Assistant
Professor of Communication Anne Streeter was named
Advisor of the Year; and Instructor of History Asa Swan was named Student
Government Association Teacher of the Year.
Former art professor and administrator Lori
Sargent was granted faculty emerita status.
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