Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

February 7, 2013

Triumph over adversity: WKU-G is 25 and growing

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — More than 150 gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Western Kentucky University-Glasgow on Thursday morning.

For many, the celebration was a way to reminiscence about the facility’s humble beginnings and remember those who paved the way for the present. The history told the story of the hard work and dedication of a few to fulfill the need of post-secondary education for local nontraditional students. From 375 students enrolled in 1986 to more than 2,500 in 2013, the campus has grown tremendously, and the story of the once small WKU regional campus is really just getting started.

Dr. Sally Ray, WKU-Glasgow Regional Chancellor announced to the group gathered together under a tent that Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, marked the official 25th anniversary of the campus opening at the former Liberty Street location.

“Two decades of persistence and the dream had become a reality,” Ray said.

Ray said the campus played a vital role in providing access to a college degree for many students who may not have had the opportunity otherwise. She said WKU-Glasgow is living proof that regional college campuses are “vital and relevant.”

Robert Lessenberry, former mayor of Glasgow from 1966-1968, was an early supporter of the WKU-Glasgow campus formation, a road that proved to be paved with significant difficulty.

Lessenberry said the WKU-Glasgow campus began with a letter written in 1967 to gubernatorial candidates Henry Ward and Barren County native Louie Nunn, asking, if elected, would the two endorse supporting a community college for Glasgow.

Read the full story in the print or e-edition of Friday's Glasgow Daily Times.