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An Excerpt from: From Hope to Hilltop

A memory: For Founder's Day, April 26, 2012

Submitted by JIM

[A]fter a brief sojourn to the Lindsey Wilson campus in June, 2009, my first real visit there in nearly twoscore years, a question kept niggling at the back of my mind: What would the early habitues of "the Lindsay-Wilson" think were they to view and roam the hilltop jewel of Columbia a century later? No one answer emerges, but the phrase "awed wonderment" comes to mind.

In the early winter of 1902, shortly after Columbia was selected as the site of the Training School, Rev. Gross Alexander wrote, "Oh, it is a great, grand opportunity for us, for the people of the Columbia District, and above all for Columbia itself. Let's make much of it." Not quite six years later, in June, 1908, Rev. W.F. Lloyd wrote, "It is really marvelous what a transformation has been wrought in the five years since we began to build on that hill."

Without a doubt, Rev. Alexander would proudly beam at how much has been - and is being - made of the great, grand opportunity that is Lindsey Wilson; Rev. Lloyd would enthusiastically embrace the academic and physical "transformations" of recent years; and all the early backers and believers would rejoice to read in the 2008 Lindsey Wilson College Institutional Factbook: "Anchored firmly in its historical commitment to 'education as transformation,' Lindsey Wilson College is now regarded as Methodism's flagship institution of higher education in Kentucky."

It seems only fitting to close with quote from the bully pulpit of the News (October 8, 1902): "Columbia has enthusiastically embraced the greatest opportunity that has ever been presented her. We have been intensely interested and are now supremely happy."

(Excerpt used with permission.) - JIM

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