Indiana Wesleyan University
and the community of Lexington, Kentucky, came together this morning to
dedicate the new facility for IWU’s Lexington Education & Conference Center.
“We have a great affinity
and a great appreciation for Kentucky,” said IWU President Dr. Henry Smith. “We
believe that this particular facility is a symbolic gesture that we are here to
stay … Wherever we have a piece of Indiana Wesleyan University established, it
is part of us.”
Located in Lexington’s popular
Hamburg area, the comfortable, well-appointed facility, with its expansive
hallways and large windows, has become a welcoming space for more than 275 of
IWU’s 15,000 students. IWU Lexington has also earned praise from area
businesses that use it as a conference space.
“We’re quite spoiled here.
The wide hallways, our catering, the service—I have yet to get a negative
feedback,” said Barrie Wilson, the facility’s office manager. “I think it’s
probably the best-kept secret in Lexington.”
IWU has been a part of
Lexington since 2005. The new 14,400-square-foot location offers six
technologically up-to-date classrooms, a chapel with artful stained glass
windows, group study rooms, a comfortable student lounge/break area, a computer
lab/library area and an executive conference room.
Involved in the ribbon
cutting were Kevin Adkins, chief development officer for the City of Lexington;
Robert L. Quick, president and CEO of Commerce Lexington;Kelly Bates, senior account executive atCommerce Lexington; Jimmy Ball and Steve
Wright of Sir Barton Investments; IWU President Dr. Smith; IWU Provost Dr.
David Wright; IWU Executive Vice President Dr. Keith Newman; and Vice President
of the IWU College of Adult and Professional Studies Dr. Bridget Aitchison.
The Lexington Education and
Conference Center is located at 2530 Sir Barton Way, Lexington, Kentucky,