Dear Alumni and Friends,

Susan and Bill John­ston announced their plans to retire in May

When I became Wesley’s 16th pres­i­dent I could not have imag­ined what “great things await” — expanded aca­d­e­mic pro­grams, new facil­i­ties, a strength­ened aca­d­e­mic rep­u­ta­tion and pro­file, closer ties to the com­mu­nity and a new strate­gic plan.

“Great things await” for our stu­dents who com­plete the rig­or­ous require­ment of the new aca­d­e­mic core cur­ricu­lum. Part­ner­ing with research oppor­tu­ni­ties and the many intern­ship expe­ri­ences through busi­nesses, the hos­pi­tal and gov­ern­ment, the cir­cum­stances for Wes­ley stu­dents in this lib­eral arts set­ting to con­nect with a future employer are numer­ous! Other expanded aca­d­e­mic pro­grams include an accel­er­ated MBA, as well as a new adult stud­ies pro­gram includ­ing an online master’s pro­gram in sports leadership.

“Great things await,” as we con­tinue to max­i­mize the oppor­tu­nity to expand sci­ence pro­grams and nurs­ing in our new Health Sci­ences Build­ing! That vision came to fruition through a com­mu­nity effort that included our col­lege, Dover orga­ni­za­tions, our elected offi­cials and gov­ern­ment agen­cies. Wes­ley will address health­care needs with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and equip­ment while imple­ment­ing new pro­grams directed by our very ded­i­cated fac­ulty and staff.

“Great things await,” as our stu­dents enjoy the Wes­ley Plazas, which have dra­mat­i­cally improved the cam­pus envi­ron­ment and safety. The expanded out­door Wi-Fi and seat­ing extends cam­pus liv­ing space to the out­doors in a well-lighted and land­scaped park set­ting. Future Wolver­ines will enjoy mak­ing this their home!

“Great things await” for our com­mu­nity to enjoy updated build­ings such as Long­wood Hall with expanded class­room space for psy­chol­ogy and the visual arts. “Great things await” for our tal­ented music stu­dents and teach­ers as they con­tinue to make the chapel a per­for­mance venue. Invest­ment in a new roof, sound equip­ment and band uni­forms for a music major strengthen Wesley’s com­mit­ment to the arts and helps us define our influ­ence in Dover as a cul­tural leader.

Wes­ley Col­lege will con­tinue to pur­sue changes that will impact and strengthen its future. Iden­ti­fy­ing new online pro­grams as well as new under­grad­u­ate majors will posi­tion our col­lege to attract stu­dents and remain a vital force in the region.

For Wes­ley Col­lege and for the next chap­ter for Susan and I as we plan for retire­ment in the spring, “Great things await!”

Warmest regards,

Dr. William N. Johnston

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