Kentucky Wesleyan College

Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro has appointed its 34th president.

The school announced Thursday Barton D. Darrell will be officially introduced as its next leader at a news conference on Tuesday.

Darrell has been a vice-president at the school for 11 months. He has extensive ties to the Bowling Green area, serving as a partner with the law firm of Bell, Orr, Ayers, and Moore beginning in 1991. Darrel served as general counsel for the Warren County Public School system, and is a former president of the Bowling Green-Warren County Bar Association.

His father, Bob Darrell, is a professor emeritus of English at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

The news conference to introduce Barton Darrell as the school’s new president is Sept. 9, at noon in Rogers Hall at the Winchester Center. The public is invited to attend.

Kentucky Wesleyan College

After three years as president of Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Dr. Craig Turner says he’ll retire in September.  Turner will turn 68 years old in January and says he plans to move back to Dallas with his wife Annette to be closer to family.

Turner became president at Kentucky Wesleyan in 2011 after serving as president at colleges in Salisbury, North Carolina and Abilene, Texas.

The chair of Kentucky Wesleyan’s board of trustees, Tom Grieb, says the process of selecting Turner’s replacement is underway.

Bowling Green attorney Bart Darrell will become Vice President of External Services at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro.

“We are pleased to welcome Bart to campus in this new role. He knows the College well and loves Kentucky Wesleyan and Owensboro,” stated KWC President Dr. Craig Turner. “We welcome his experiences, insights, energy and leadership acumen.”

A news release on the college's website says Darrell will administer development, admissions, financial aid, alumni relations and public relations functions.

Darrell has worked for the law firm of Bell, Orr, Ayers & Moore in Bowling Green since 1987 and spent the past 13 years as general counsel for Warren County Public Schools.

“I first met Bart twelve years ago at Richardsville Elementary School. It has been very obvious to me since that time that he is a man with a true heart and passion for education," said Warren County School Board Chairman Kerry Young in a news release.

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Owensboro's Kentucky Wesleyan College says it will begin offering four-year graduation guarantees to incoming freshmen this fall. The school also plans to offer a three-year degree option.

KWC director of admissions Rashad Smith told the Messenger-Inquirer that the college will pay for up to one year of additional coursework for students who don't graduate within four years. He said the program is being launched to foster lasting, helpful relationships with students in the beginning of their college experience.

No life-threatening injuries are reported following a bus crash in Tennessee involving students from an Owensboro college. Members of the Kentucky Wesleyan Singers and Chamber Singers were aboard the charter bus that went over a small hill beside a road in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, late Sunday night.

A Chattanooga TV station reports 22 people were taken to hospitals.

A Kentucky Wesleyan College spokeswoman told WKU Public Radio the rest of the group’s week-long tour has been cancelled following the accident. The singers began their tour with stops in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, Nashville and Signal Mountain, Tennessee. They were on their way to sing in Atlanta when the bus accident occurred.