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A Great Adair Countian: President V.P. Henry

He almost single-handedly saved the college from closure; his determination, against overwhelming odds, kept the present day flagship of Adair County in Columbia, KY.

By "Jim"

Rev. V.P. Henry will forever be on my short list of Great Adair Countians.Rev. Henry came to Adair County about 1942 as the PE of the Columbia District and shortly thereafter, was named as President of Lindsey Wilson College. He served several of his twelve years at Lindsey without pay; guided the school with steady hand and unfaltering faith through the dark days of World War II when enrollment plummeted; and almost single-handedly saved the school from closure. While there are others who can more ably address his specific accomplishments, suffice it to say he was a gentleman, a man of honor, courage, and conviction.

If for no other reason, his determination against overwhelming odds to keep Lindsey Wilson in Columbia qualifies him as a "Great Adair Countian" in my eyes. Without Rev. Henry's single-minded determination to keep Lindsey's doors open, thousands of people (including this writer) would have never had the opportunity for a college education and a better life. -Jim




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