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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