An estimated crowd of 200 people turned out for WKU-Glasgow’s Silver Anniversary kickoff celebration Thursday. Complete with a reception, guest speakers, music and even the presence of Big Red and the traditional red towels, the event was billed an enormous success by WKU officials.
“We wanted to make a statement to the community leaders of Glasgow and our entire service area,” said Dr. Sally Ray, Regional Chancellor of the campus. “We wanted the people who made this campus a reality to know how much we appreciated them and how successful our students are because of this campus. They deserve our respect, and they deserved to be recognized. It was just an absolutely wonderful day.”
It was 25 years ago to the day that WKU opened a campus in Glasgow. At the time, the campus was located on Liberty Street, and records indicate there were no more than 700 students enrolled. Twenty-five years later, WKU-Glasgow is located in an impressive facility, rich with new technology in spacious classrooms and well-equipped laboratories on the hill at 500 Hilltopper Way.
Now offering more than 30 degrees that can be completed on the Glasgow campus, operated by more than 100 faculty and staff, and serving more than 2,500 students, WKU-Glasgow has become an important institution of higher education in this region of south central Kentucky.
“WKU-Glasgow is pivotal in bringing accessibility to higher education in Glasgow, Barren County and the surrounding counties,” said John Roberts, Coordinator, Communications and Student Recruitment at WKU-Glasgow. “Twenty-five years has brought growth and value to the area, and the next 25 years will only build on our success.”
According to Ray, WKU President Gary Ransdell continues to be extremely supportive of WKU-Glasgow, and so have all the WKU faculty members, staff and administrators.
“We support President Ransdell’s vision for the future growth and expansion of this campus,” Ray said. “And we know if it were not for his support and the support of our colleagues and friends on the other WKU campuses, we would not have experience the level of success we’ve come to enjoy. So, we made sure they were recognized today, as well. Overall, it was a fabulous day in the history of WKU-Glasgow.”
The next event to include a WKU-Glasgow 25th anniversary celebration will be the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Breakfast on April 19. Be sure to stay tuned into the local media and WKU-Glasgow’s Facebook page for all 25th anniversary updates.
Contact: John Roberts, (270) 659-6984.
Celebration photos: WKU-Glasgow hosted a celebration Feb. 7 to commemorate its 25th anniversary. Additional photos are available on the WKU Facebook page. (WKU photos by Clinton Lewis)