LWC Community Dedicates Robert L. Miller Drive
Posted on Saturday, September 24, 2011 [6:05 PM]
Family members of the late Robert L. Miller are joined by LWC
President William T.
Luckey Jr.. From left: Sara Judd of Campbellsville, Ky.,
MaKaylee Decker of Columbia, great-granddaughter; Jeania Miller of
wife; Darla Decker of Greensburg, Ky., daughter; and Dana Judd of
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The late Robert L. Miller made
history on April 24, 2008, at Lindsey Wilson College when he bought
a piece of property on Kentucky Highway 80 just inside the eastern
city limits of Columbia and donated it to the college.
Less than two years later, the property became what is now the
entrance to Lindsey Wilson Sports Park, 820 Hanley Lane.
On Saturday evening, members of the LWC community gathered with
family members of the late eight-term Campbellsville, Ky., mayor to
commemorate Miller's contributions to the college by naming the
entrance road to the park Robert L. Miller Drive.
Miller was mayor of Campbellsville from 1966-98, and he also
served on the Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees until his death in
February 2011 at the age of 83.
As LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. recalled at Saturday's
ceremony, the college's trustees had acquired about 20 acres of
property on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway to build a sports
park, but there was one challenge: there was not an entrance to the
"Our challenge was we didn't have access to it," Luckey said.
"So in order to get to it, at the (April 24, 2008) trustee meeting
Mayor Miller spoke up and pledged to buy a piece of property that
was for sale and give it to the college. … I was stunned -- I
wasn't asking anybody to pay for it, but he stepped up and wrote a
Miller's gift had two consequences, Luckey said. It provided a
public access road into Lindsey Wilson Sports Park, and it also
allowed the sports park to have three sports venues: Blue Raider
Stadium, the home of LWC football and track & field; Egnew
Park, home of LWC baseball; and Blue Raider Field, home of LWC
"That allowed us to have access to what is the best stadium in
all the Mid-South Conference," Luckey said. "(Without Miller's
gift), we would not be able to have our softball out here because
we wouldn't have had enough land to get our softball field at this