Dr. William T. Luckey Jr.
President of Lindsey Wilson CollegePresident Luckey holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Wabash (Ind.) College; a master's degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management; and a doctorate in higher education administration from Vanderbilt's prestigious Peabody College. He has been published and lectured widely on the subject of the "scholarship of teaching." President Luckey is married to the former Elise Hendrickson of Oldham County, Ky. They have three daughters: Joanne, Chelsea and Kaitie.
Luckey became the eighth president of LWC on July 1, 1998. Luckey came to LWC in 1983 to work in the college's admissions office. After working his way up to Director of Admissions, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Vice President for Development, and then Vice President for Administrationand Finance, he was named the college's eighth president on April 24, 1997. "The trustees felt that it is crucial for this college to continue to have a clear mission and direction for the long-term future," Cal Turner Jr. of Brentwood, Tennessee, then-chairman of the LWC Board of Trustees, said following the announcement. "This decision will ensure a smooth transition from President Reuling's administration through the administration of President Luckey." Luckey took over the presidency on July 1, 1998, and was inaugurated as the college's eight president on Oct. 5, 2000. Since then, the college hit several highlights:
- The college received its largest commitment in school history in April 2004 when James R. and Helen Lee Fugitte of Elizabethtown, Ky., pledged $8.6 million. The $8.6 million commitment included $3 million that was used to build the Jim and Helen Lee Fugitte Science Center, which was dedicated on Oct. 6, 2006.
- Announced in April 2004 the $33 milllion "Changing Lives Campaign." The campaign's goals are to: build a science center; build a new learning center; transform the college's current science building into a multi-use classroom building; add $15 million to the LWC Endowment; and raise $3.5 million for the Lindsey Wilson Fund. The campaign ran through June 30, 2007,and it raised almost $37 million. The LWC Board of Trustees voted to extended it through June 30, 2010, and raise its goal to $53 million. The goal was exceeded by more than $3 million.
- The college received its largest foundation gift when the James Graham Brown Foundation of Louisville, Kentucky, gave $500,000 to renovate the Cralle Student Union Building. Combined with a $250,000 gift from the Cralle Foundation of Louisville, the college added a 3,800-square-foot expansion to the SUB, making it the first building to be opened during the Luckey administration. In December 2004, the Brown Foundation gave the college another $500,000 -- to be used for the new science center. For the first time in college history, LWC closed enrollment early for the 1998-99 school year when 1,463 students enrolled at the college. The college's 2006-07 enrollment was 1,791 students.
- A 10,000-square-foot addition to the Holloway Building -- which houses the Katie Murrell Library -- was opened in August 2002, doubling the size of library space.
- A campus quadrangle, which includes a 150-seat amphitheater and park area, was opened during the 2002-03 academic year.
- The college opened Walter S. Reuling Stadium in September 1999, a European-style soccer field.
- The Lindsey Wilson Sports Park opened in 2010. The Sports Park includes Blue Raider Stadium for football, and track and field; Egnew Park for baseball; and Blue Raider Park for softball.
- The 73,232-square-foot Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center opened in April 2010.
- Three residence halls have been built: Richardson Hall (2000), Harold J. Smith Hall (2010), and Jerry and Kendrick McCandless Hall (2011).
- Dr. Robert and Carol Goodin Nursing and Counseling Center, a 27,100-square-foot, two-story building, which is home to LWC's baccalaureate nursing program and School of Professional Counseling.