Wilmington College (Ohio)

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Wilmington College
College Hall
College Hall
Motto Non saltu sed multis gradibus (Latin)
Motto in English
"Not by a leap, but by many steps."
Type Private, Coeducational
Established 1870
Affiliation Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)[1]
President James Reynolds[2]
Provost Erika Goodwin, Academic Affairs
Dean Sigrid Solomon[3]
Students 990
Postgraduates 50
Other students
213 (Cincinnati Branches)
Location Wilmington, Ohio, United States
39°26′38″N 83°49′04″W / 39.4438889°N 83.8177778°W / 39.4438889; -83.8177778Coordinates: 39°26′38″N 83°49′04″W / 39.4438889°N 83.8177778°W / 39.4438889; -83.8177778
Campus Rural
Athletics 18 varsity teams (9 men's, 9 women's)
Sports NCAA Division IIIOAC
Nickname Fighting Quakers
Mascot Quaker Man
Affiliations CIC
Religious Society of Friends
Website www.wilmington.edu

Wilmington College is a private career-oriented liberal arts institution established by Quakers in 1870 in Wilmington, Ohio, United States.[4] The college is accredited by the North Central Association, Higher Learning Commission (in Chicago).[5]
Wilmington College is known for its Agriculture program (one of only two in Ohio), its Athletic Training program, and its Education program.
As of fall 2015, there were 990 students attending Wilmington's main campus, and 213 students at Wilmington's two Cincinnati branches at Blue Ash and Cincinnati State.

About Wilmington College[edit]

Wilmington College offers undergraduate major programs in a number of academic and career areas including art, English literature, biology, chemistry, history, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, Spanish language and literature, and religion, as well as in such areas as education, business, communications, agriculture, equine studies, athletic training, social work, and more. The college also offers a master's degree program in education, with specialties in special education and reading and undergraduate courses at several sites in Cincinnati. The college welcomes transfer students and has a significant number of commuting students. More than half of the students participate in intercollegiate athletics.[4] Wilmington College students enjoy robust on-site and online library resources. The college's Watson Library[6] is a member of the OPAL (Ohio Private Academic Libraries)[7] consortium and the OhioLINK[8] consortium that provides an integrated catalog, e-resources, and more than 100 research databases.

Presidents of Wilmington College[edit]

  1. Lewis A. Estes (1871–1874)
  2. Benjamin F. Trueblood (1874–1879)
  3. David Dennis (1879–1881)
  4. James B. Unthank (1881–1903)
  5. Albert J. Brown (1903–1912)
  6. Samuel H. Hodgin (1912–1915)
  7. J. Edwin Jay (1915–1927)
  8. Henry G. Williams (1927–1928)
  9. Beverly O. Skinner (1928–1931)
  10. Walter Collins (1932–1940)
  11. S. Arthur Watson (1940–1947)
  12. Samuel D. Marble (1947–1959)
  13. James M. Read (1960–1969)
  14. Robert E. Hinshaw (1971–1975)
  15. Robert E. Lucas (1975–1982)
  16. Neil Thorburn (1982–1995)
  17. Daniel DiBiasio (1995–2011)
  18. James Reynolds (2012–present)

Campus Locations

Main Campus[edit]

Academic Buildings[edit]

  • College Hall (1869): Historic building present at Wilmington College's founding in 1870. Houses classrooms, faculty offices, offices of Admission, Financial Aid, the President's Office, and Academic Affairs. Added to National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
  • Bailey Hall (1908): Began as a science building for the college, and later renovated into student housing. Renovated to become home of the College's science programs once again temporarily during ongoing renovations to Kettering Hall.
  • S. Arthur Watson Library (1941): The College library, named for former College president S. Arthur Watson. The building is home to the college archives, OhioLink, OPAL, and study space for students.
  • Kettering Hall (1960): Science building named for Ohio inventor Charles F. Kettering. Features a rooftop observatory dating back to 1882. Ongoing renovation and expansion of Kettering Hall is occurring and completion is expected in time for the Fall 2016 semester. It will be renamed the "Center for Sciences and Agriculture".
  • Thomas R. Kelly Religious Center (1962): Kelly Religious Center houses the Campus Friends Meeting, The Office of Campus Ministry, faculty offices, classrooms, and the offices of the Wilmington Yearly Meeting.
  • Robinson Communication Center (1992): Houses the Academic Resource Center, computer labs, photography labs and studios, the Communication Arts Department, and student publication offices.
  • Oscar F. Boyd Cultural Arts Center (2005): Features David and June Harcum Art Gallery, the WC Theatre Department, 440-seat Hugh Heiland Theatre, Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center, T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse, and two-story academic wing with classrooms and faculty offices.
  • Center for Sport Sciences (2015): The newest building on campus houses the College's nationally recognized Athletic Training program, indoor and outdoor practice facilities for all athletic teams, and offices for Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, Beacon Orthopedics and Sport Medicine, and chiropractic offices.

Peace Resource Center[edit]

The Wilmington College Peace Resource Center, established in 1975, plays a major role in furthering the peacemaking and reconciliation elements in the mission statement of the college, in large part through providing peace education materials, both locally and throughout the country. The PRC is known, in particular, for its Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial Collection founded on the archives of Barbara Leonard Reynolds, which the college believes is "the world's largest collection (outside of Japan) of reference materials related to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki." Reynolds' archives are also housed in part at the Earle and Akie Reynolds Archive at the University of California, Santa Cruz.[9] The Peace Resource Center is also known for its ProjectTRUST camp (leadership and anti-bullying focus) for middle schoolers and Positive Discipline training for educators. The Center has been active in the Wilmington Community in establishing peer mediation in the local schools. In August 2010, the Peace Resource Center of Wilmington College hosted the National Peace Academy's 2010 Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive program on the theme of "Capacitating Community Peacebuilding."[10]

Residence Halls[edit]

  • Denver Hall (1925): Historic residence hall for fifty students.
  • Marble Hall (1948): Residence hall built by students led by College president Samuel Marble. The building was dedicated with an Ohio Historical Marker in 2013.
  • Friends Hall (1955): Residence halls in the center of campus for men and women.
  • Austin Pickett Hall (1965): Two large joining buildings housing freshman residence halls.
  • Campus Village (1998): Apartment-style residence buildings
  • College Commons (2001): Townhouse units for upperclassmen

Agricultural program[edit]

The only private institution of higher learning in Ohio to offer a degree in Agriculture, Wilmington College operates more than 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of farmland dedicated to research, applied education and financial support to the college. The Wilmington College agricultural student body, through the leadership of collegiate 4H and the Wilmington College Aggies club, has sponsored a livestock judging contests for over 50 years and most recently a Ohio Farm Bureau Collegiate Chapter. Also the program has expanded to include the following programs Agricultural Business, Agronomy, Animal Science, Agriculture Communications, Equine Business Management, and minor programs of sustainability and equine studies.

Greek life[edit]

Wilmington College recognizes thirteen Greek Letter Organizations: three national fraternities, three local fraternities, two national sororities and three local sororities, and two auxiliaries. This group of thirteen Greek organizations constitutes the membership of the Greek Council. Additionally, Wilmington College boasts several honor societies, some international in scope.[11]

Men's Organizations[edit]

  • Delta Theta Sigma (ΔΘΣ), Regional, with Agricultural affinity
  • Iota Phi Theta (ΙΦΘ), NPHC and NIC national fraternity
  • Lambda Chi Alpha (ΛΧA), International fraternity
  • Phi Alpha Psi (ΦAΨ), local fraternity (Currently Inactive)
  • Sigma Zeta (ΣZ), local fraternity (not to be confused with the STEM honorary of the same name)
  • Tau Kappa Beta (TKB), local fraternity

Women's Organizations[edit]

  • Alpha Phi Kappa (AΦK), local sorority
  • Delta Omega Theta (ΔΩΘ), local sorority
  • Kappa Delta (KΔ), NPC national sorority
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (ΣΓΡ), NPHC national sorority (Currently Inactive)
  • Psi Beta Omega (ΨBΩ), local sorority

Auxiliary Organizations[edit]

Honor Societies[edit]


Wilmington College Fighting Quakers
University Wilmington College
NCAA Division III
Athletic director Terry Rupert
Location Wilmington, OH
Varsity teams 19
Football stadium Williams Stadium
Basketball arena Fred Raizk Arena at Hermann Court
Baseball stadium Tewksbury Delaney Field
Mascot Quaker Man
Nickname Fighting Quakers
Colors Green and White
Website www.wilmingtonquakers.com

Wilmington College athletic teams are known as the "Quakers" or "Fighting Quakers", and women's teams are known as "Lady Quakers". Their colors are Forest Green, Lime Green, and White. The Quakers compete in the NCAA Division III, and have been a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference since 2000.

Wilmington College offers 8 men's teams and 8 women's teams, including

Before becoming a member of the NCAA, Wilmington's teams competed in the NAIA. Wilmington was previously a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference from 1998 to 1999, before joining the OAC in 2000. Wilmington's conference opponents include: Baldwin Wallace University, Capital University, Heidelberg University, John Carroll University, Marietta College, University of Mount Union, Muskingum University, Ohio Northern University, and Otterbein University.

National Champions[edit]

Wilmington has had 6 individual National Champions, as well as one team National Championship.

  • Christian Patterson: 2014 NCAA Division III outdoor high-jump
  • Ashley Johnson: 2006 NCAA Division III polevault
  • Doreen Nagawa: 2005 NCAA Division III triple-jump
  • Emily Herring: 2004 NCAA Division III indoor high-jump
  • Women's Basketball: 2004 NCAA Division III National Champions
  • Jimmy Wallace: 2002 NCAA DIvision III Wrestling
  • Nyhla Rothwell: 1997 NCAA Division III indoor high-jump

National Tournament Appearances[edit]

  • Men's Basketball: '10, '14
  • Women's Basketball: '02, '03, '04, '07, '08
  • Men's Soccer: '80, '81, '82, '83, '84, '86, '87, '89, '04
  • Women's Soccer: '85, '86, '94, '00, '02, '03
  • Football: '80, '82, '83

Conference Champions[edit]

  • Men's Basketball: '10, '14
  • Women's Basketball: '98, '99 '02, '03, '04, '07, '08
  • Men's Soccer: '99,'04
  • Women's Soccer: '00, '02, '03
  • Men's Track & Field: '01
  • Women's Track & Field: '99, '00, '01

Notable Quaker Athletics Alumni[edit]

Notable Wilmington College alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Quaker Colleges, Universities and Study Centers
  2. ^ College Selects Dr. James Reynolds as Its 18th President http://www2.wilmington.edu/news/College-Selects-Dr-James-Reynolds-as-Its-18th-President.cfm
  3. ^ Sigrid Solomon Named New Dean of Students http://www2.wilmington.edu/about/news/4910/5556/no
  4. ^ a b Wilmington College (Ohio). (2006). Official website URL: http://www.wilmington.edu/ Accessed 12 December 2006.
  5. ^ *North Central Association, Higher Learning Commission. (2006). Official member institutions verification URL: http://www.ncahlc.org/index.php?option=com_directory&Itemid=192 Accessed 12 December 2006.
  6. ^ Wilmington College Watson Library (Ohio. (2006). Official website URL: http://www2.wilmington.edu/academics/watson-library.cfm Accessed 12 December 2006.
  7. ^ OPAL Library Catalog. (2006). URL: http://cat.opal-libraries.org Accessed 12 December 2006.
  8. ^ OhioLINK (academic library consortium (Ohio). (2006). Official website URL: http://www.ohiolink.edu Accessed 12 December 2006.
  9. ^ Wilmington College: Peace Resource Center
  10. ^ [1], National Peace Academy Website page on 2010 Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive program
  11. ^ Wilmington College:Greek Organization website, accessed 14 April 2014

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