President’s Message: Realizing Wesley’s Worth

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Wesley continues to transform the lives of the young men and women who call Wesley home. Our intimate setting offers individualized learning and the personal connections that empower our students to hopefully reach their full potential, which in turn helps to improve and transform the communities they go on to serve. Examples are everywhere, including NFL quarterback and recent Wesley graduate Joe Callahan ’16. Joe credits his coaches, professors and the family atmosphere at Wesley for much of his success in reaching football’s biggest stage. We also have the relatively new track and field program at the college, run by Coach Stephen Kimes, which boasts two national championships in two events, the 4x100m relay team and the 100m dash.

Angelo Nicolai, Ruth Ann Clark, Carolyn Nicolai ’62 and President Clark.

It is not just on the athletic fields that our students and alumni excel — it’s every facet imaginable. Colin Bonini ’91 just ran for the highest political post in the state, Governor of Delaware. Although he didn’t win that election, he will continue to advocate for his beliefs and his constituents’ needs as a State Senator.

Wesley senior Jennifer Jankowski, a political science major, was selected as a 2017 Legislative Fellow, and ten new students were inducted into Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Our students, under the guidance and mentorship of our talented faculty and staff, have consistently raised the bar and Wesley’s profile by presenting undergraduate research, co-authoring textbook chapters, attending and presenting at conferences and being recognized as leaders.

These are just a few examples of what I call Wesley’s Worth. If you look at the number of leaders in state government, education, business, agriculture, medicine, law, the arts and the sciences who are Wesley College graduates, it is astounding and definitely disproportionate to the relative size of our school.

As is the case with most small colleges around the country, enrollment this past year was down and as a result, we had to cut back on some of our initiatives that support the margin of excellence we provide our students. Your engagement and continued support will help ensure that we are able to fully realize Wesley’s Worth, today and well into the future.

Ruth Ann and I want to thank you for your continued and steadfast support, and I look forward to seeing you all on campus in 2017.

All The Best & Go Wolverines!




Robert E. Clark II

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