Lindsey Wilson College

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Lindsey Wilson College
MottoEvery Student, Every Day
TypePrivate nonprofit university
AffiliationUnited Methodist Church
Endowment$56 million
ChancellorJohn B. Begley
PresidentWilliam T. Luckey Jr.
Location, ,
37°06′10″N 85°18′05″W / 37.1028°N 85.3015°W / 37.1028; -85.3015Coordinates: 37°06′10″N 85°18′05″W / 37.1028°N 85.3015°W / 37.1028; -85.3015
ColorsBlue and White
AffiliationsMid-South Conference
MascotBlue Raider Bob
Logo of Lindsey Wilson College

Lindsey Wilson College is a United Methodist college in Columbia, Kentucky. Degree programs are offered at the associate, bachelor's, and master's levels. The college's sports teams compete in the Mid-South Conference of the NAIA.


Lindsey Wilson College was founded in January 1903 in affiliation with the southern division of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Named after the late nephew and stepson of Catherine Wilson of Lebanon, Ky., who died in 1902, the school was originally called Lindsey Wilson Training School, educating grades one through twelve in a grade school on campus. Instruction focused on preparing young people of the area for coursework at Vanderbilt University and training students to become educators.[2]

In 1923, the college expanded its curriculum to offer a two-year liberal arts program, and was given its present name of Lindsey Wilson College. In 1951, Lindsey Wilson received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[2] The training school remained on campus until 1979.

At its 1985 April meeting, the Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees voted to transform the college into a four-year liberal arts college.[2] The bachelor's degree was the highest degree attainable at the college until 1993 when a master of education in counseling and human development was launched. A doctorate of philosophy in counselor education and supervision began in 2014.

In fall 1991, the college's main campus was named the A.P. White Campus, in honor of the college's second president, who shepherded the school through the Great Depression.

Among the first buildings on campus were the current L.R. McDonald Administration Building (funded in part by Catherine Wilson's estate gift) and Phillip's Hall (funded by Mrs. James Phillips and Mrs. Kizzie Russell). Many photographs can be found in the Katie Murrell Library on campus that depict the early years of the institution. In the first decade of the 2000s, Lindsey Wilson's A.P. White Campus underwent a transformation, thanks to more than $100 million in capital projects: the Jim and Helen Lee Fugitte Science Center, funded by the biggest single gift in college history, was completed in fall 2007; Lindsey Wilson Sports Park -- which includes a football and track & field stadium, baseball field and softball field -- opened in 2009; the Doris and Robert Holloway Health & Wellness Center opened in February 2010; Dr. Robert and Carol Goodin Nursing and Counseling Center opened in fall 2011; and four residence halls were also added to the campus between 2001-14.

Among the former administrators at LWC is the retired Methodist clergyman and former State Senator Doug Moseley. A former trustee was Robert L. Miller, the mayor of Campbellsville from 1966 to 1998.[3] The historian Betty Jane Gorin-Smith, before her retirement from education, taught occasional courses at Lindsey Wilson College.[4]

To keep pace with the demands for online education, in August 2014 Lindsey Wilson College launched several online programs with plans to add more in subsequent semesters.[5][6]

Campus buildings[edit]

Among the first buildings on campus were the current L.R. McDonald Administration Building (funded in part by Catherine Wilson) and Phillips Hall (funded by Mrs. James Phillips and Mrs. Kizzie Russell).

The John B. Begley Chapel was designed by E. Fay Jones, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. The two vertical cylindrical parts were inspired by rural farm storage silos. Gothic, Romanesque and Byzantine designs are found throughout the Begley Chapel. The chapel was named in honor of the college's chancellor who served as the college's sixth president, from 1977 to 1997. This is the tallest building on the campus.

The Katie Murrell Library is a 24,000-square-foot (2,200 m2) facility in the Holloway Building. A renovated and enlarged building was dedicated in 2002.

The Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center, opened in spring 1993, is the dining hall for Lindsey Wilson students and is also open to the public. The dining center has meeting and conference rooms available to accommodate community organizations. The dining center offers three meals a day Monday through Friday and two meals offered on Saturday and Sunday. There is a variety of food that is served on eight different bars: the salad bar, fruit bar, the grill, main bar, pasta bar, breakfast bar, dessert section, and a special bar that includes ethnic food from different cultures. A grill is operated in the Cralle Student Union Building.

In June 1991, the school opened a satellite campus in Scottsville, Kentucky.

In April 2008, a wellness and fitness center was approved, along with a football team, Wrestling team, and marching band. The Lindsey Wilson Sports Park -- a football and track & field stadium, baseball field and softball field -- was built on the property the college owned adjacent to the Louie B. Nunn Parkway. The first football game in almost 75 years was played September 4, 2010, against Notre Dame (Ohio) College, which the Blue Raiders lost, 14-10.


The Lindsey Wilson college catalog lists a doctoral program in counselor education and supervision; three master's degree programs; 26 bachelor's degree programs (with 20 minor areas); and ten associate-degrees programs.[7]

Tuition and expenses[edit]

Tuition at Lindsey Wilson College for the 2015–2016 academic year for 12–18 credit hours is $11,460 per semester ($22,920 per year), or $955 per credit hour for part-time. There is an activity fee of $73 a semester which includes your ID card, campus activities, regular season athletic events, and Raider View. There is also a technology fee of $48 a semester or $96 a year, room rate of $1,613 for a double occupancy or $3,038 for a single occupancy, and $2838 per semester for board. The current president has stated that tuition can be expected to increase over the next several years. 95% of the students at Lindsey Wilson College receive some form of financial aid. There are four main types of financial aid that are offered at Lindsey Wilson College: they include grants, loans, work study, and scholarships. Tuition is somewhat lower at community campuses (extended campuses): $395 per credit hour for undergraduates. Graduate tuition for community campuses is $455 per credit hour (which comes to $5,460 for 12 credit hours), $655 at the A.P. White campus, and $490 for online courses.

Campus ministries[edit]

Lindsey Wilson College's campus ministries are a vital part of campus life. Every student, regardless of his major, is welcomed to be involved in campus ministries.

Some scheduled activities include:

  • Life - A weekly service with worship before and after a message. Speakers include college faculty, community members, and fellow students.
  • Ignite - A night of prayer through fellowship
  • Alpha
  • SHHH - Sharing your Hurts, Habits, and Hangups
  • Huddle - a night for Christian Ministries leaders to plan.

Rev. Troy Elmore is the current chaplain and leader of the Christian Ministry at LWC. Carol Weddle is Campus Pastor. Dr. Terry Swan is the dean of the Chapel. In addition there are Graduate Assistants who help oversee various teams of the Campus Ministry.[8]


Lindsey Wilson College teams are known as the Blue Raiders. The college is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Mid-South Conference.

Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field and wrestling.

Women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Co-ed sports include archery, cheerleading and cycling.


Started in 1987, Lindsey Wilson's baseball team boasts five NAIA All-American players and four honorable mentions.[9]


The men's basketball team has made eleven National Championship appearances in its history, and boasts three Mid-South Conference Championship wins in 2005, 2012, and 2013.[10] In the 2012–2013 season, the men's basketball team reached the highest ranking in team history at number 3, won the regular season conference title, and hoisted a 26–4 record.

The men's head coach Paul Peck was awarded NAIA National Coach of the Year for his 2011–2012 season. Peck has also been named Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year five times in his career at Lindsey Wilson College. The men's team has produced ten NAIA All-American athletes, and five honorable mentions.[11]

Since its start in 1987 Lindsey Wilson's women's basketball team has made ten National Championship appearances, and has won two Mid-South Conference Championship titles.[12] In its history the women's team boasts seven NAIA All-Americans, and seven honorable mentions.[13]

Cheerleading and dance[edit]

Lindsey Wilson's cheer team has produced multiple athletes who have earned Mid-South Conference Honors,[14] and other have been named to the Mid-South All-Conference Cheerleading team.[15][16]

In 2013 the Lindsey Wilson Dance team competed in their first NAIA East Regional Dance Championships and won their way to compete at the NAIA Invitational. Two of the dancers earned All-American bids during their performance. Damon Hicks coaches both the cheer and dance teams. Hicks is a certified coach by the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches & Administrators (AACCA) and is a certified tumbling coach by the United States Tumbling Association (USTA) and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). [17]


The cycling team won the National Cyclo-cross Championships in 2000 and 2001, and have accumulated other 15 individual national championships.

In 2012 the Blue Raiders won the inaugural USA Cycling BMX National Championships hosted at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The Blue Raiders were dominant amassing 188 team points to beat second place Grand Canyon University and San Diego State University who finished tied for second with 83 team points.[18]

Finished in 2010, the nationally acclaimed Lindsey Wilson cycling team officially could lay claim to its own BMX track just a few miles outside the college's campus. The course offers multiple large jumps, a pair of straight-aways and a rhythm section, offering the college's cyclist a place to practice anytime they want. Also on the property is a competition dual slalom and downhill course.[19]

Lindsey Wilson's cycling team has produced several notable athletes. 2014 Lindsey Wilson graduate athlete Danny Caluag competed at the 2012 London Olympics for the Philippines. During that season Caluag split his time between training for the Olympics, competing collegiately for Lindsey Wilson and handling a demanding schedule as a nursing student. He was the only active collegiate cyclist to compete at the London games[20] In 2015, Caluag was named the Philippines Athlete of the Year by the Philippines Sportswriters Association (PSA). He received the highest honor given by the PSA, thanks in large part to winning a gold medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.[21][22]

Chase Hines represented Team USA at the 2011 world championships in Copenhagen, Denmark where he earned the UCI BMX World Championship.[23][24]

Lindsey Wilson College cyclist Ethan Quehl was selected as one of 21 riders to represent the United States at Pan American Continental Mountain Bike Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in 2010. Quehl took top honors in the 2008 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in the downhill expert division and finished 15th at the U.S. Open in the pro category. He also placed 12th in the pro category at the Pan American Championships.[25]

Weston Pope captured three world titles over the course of two years. Pope won the UCI BMX men's 17-24 World Championship two consecutive years (2007 and 2008) and the BMX men's 17-24 Cruiser title at the 2008 world championships in British Columbia.[26]

Tim Johnson won the U.S. cylco-cross national championship on six different occasions, and has been inducted into the Lindsey Wilson College Athletic Hall of Fame.[27]


The Blue Raiders' men's cross-country team won first place in the regional championship in 1996, and the Mid-South Conference Championship in 2007. With over 35 total runners qualifying to compete in the NAIA National Championships.[28] The men's team has produced seven NAIA All-American athletes. In 1997 Danny Wilcoxsen, who was coach at the time, was awarded the NAIA National Coach if the Year.[29]

The women's team won the Mid-South Conference Championship in both 2006 and 2007. With over 35 total athletes qualifying to compete in the NAIA National Championships.[30] The women's team has produced four NAIA All-Americans.

Past coaches Stu Melby (2000–2004) and Edwin Hagans (2005–2013) were each awarded Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year and Mid-South Conference Co-Coach of the Year.[31]


Lindsey Wilson trustees voted to re-institute the football team in 2008, having discontinued their football program at the end of the 1935 season. The new team opened its season on September 4, 2010, as they played Notre Dame College (Ohio) at Blue Raider Stadium. Notre Dame defeated Lindsey Wilson, 14–10. The Blue Raiders closed their football season with an overall record of 5–6. In their 2011 season, the Lindsey Wilson College football team had a record of 7–3. The Lindsey Wilson College football team concluded its 2012 season with a record of 3–8.[32]


The men's golf team has won three Regional Championships, and seven Mid-South Conference Regular Season Championships.[33] And two athletes have been awarded NAIA Honorable Mention All-American.

Men's coach Jeff Lambert was named NAIA Region Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2006, and Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2014. Coach Chris Starks was awarded NAIA Region Coach of the Year in 2007.[34]

The women's golf team has won Regional Championships, and seven Mid-South Conference Regular Season Championships.[35] In 2007 Krista Burton became the first NAIA National Champion in the program's history. The team also boasts seven NAIA All-Americans, and eight NAIA Honorable Mentions.[34]

Women's coach Chris Wells was named NAIA Region Coach of the Year in 2004, and then three consecutive years from 2006 to 2008. He was awarded Mid-South Conference Coach (or Co-Coach) of the year every season from 2006 to 2010. In 2012 Shaun Cozart was awarded Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year.[36]


The men's soccer team won the NAIA championship in 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009 and in 2011 with records of 23–0–0.[33] They have also won a total of twelve Mid-South Conference Championships.[37] The team boasts a whopping 68 NAIA All-Americans and 23 Honorable Mentions. With 43 players making the NAIA National Tournament Team, and eight being awarded NAIA National Tournament MVP.[38]

Men's coach, Ray Wells, has received eight NAIA National Coach of the Year awards, and six NAIA Region Coach of the Year awards[38]

The women's soccer team won the 2004, 2006, 2012 and 2014 NAIA championship titles, and fifteen Mid-South Conference Championships.[39] In its history, the women's team has produced two NAIA National Player of the Year recipients, 58 NAIA All-Americans, and 37 Honorable Mentions. The team has seen 32 of its athletes selected for the NAIA All National Tournament Team, with four being awarded as NAIA National Tournament MVP.[40]

Women's coach, Willis Pooler was twice awarded Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year, once NAIA Region Coach of the Year before he went on to become Lindsey Wilson's athletic director. His predecessor, Coach Drew Burwash, received Mid-South Conference Coach (or Co-Coach) of the Year a total of seven times, and NAIA Region Coach of the Year three times.[40]


The Blue Raiders have won a total of five Mid-South Conference Championships in softball.[41] With eight athletes awarded NAIA All-American and five Honorable Mentions.[42]


Swimming was added to Lindsey Wilson's athletic program in the fall of 2009.Since then two men and one woman's athlete have been named NAIA All-American.[43][44]

Alicia Kemnitz was awarded Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year for the 2014–2015 season


The men's tennis team has won eleven Mid-South Conference Championships,[45] with twenty athletes named NAIA All-American, and five Honorable Mentions.[46]

The women's team has won eleven Mid-South Conference Championships,[47] with twenty-two athletes awarded NAIA All-American, and six Honorable Mentions.[48]

Track and field[edit]

The Blue Raider Track and Field team participates in both indoor and outdoor seasons.

Men's team won the Outdoor Mid-South Conference Championship in 2015.[49] The men's team also boasts thirty-three NAIA Indoor All-Americans and twenty-two NAIA Outdoor All-Americans.[50]

The women won the Outdoor Mid-south Conference Championship in 2014.[51] The women's team has produced sixteen Indoor NAIA All-Americans and eleven Outdoor NAIA All-Americans. In 2005 Anine Stanley earned the national championship in the 3,000-meter Race Walk.[52]


Wrestling was added to Lindsey Wilson's athletic program in the fall of 2009. The wrestling team finished second in the NAIA national championship in the 2016 season.


The Blue Raider volleyball team has won three Mid-South Conference Championships,[53] with five women awarded NAIA All-American, and six Honorable Mentions.[54] The team also won the 2017 NAIA National Championship defeating Dordt College in four sets.

Volleyball coach Andy Cavins, was awarded Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015.[54]

Notable alumni[edit]


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