• Trustees Of the Indiana Conference of The Wesleyan Methodist Church Purchased Marion Normal Institute

    The trustees were driven by a desire to establish an institution of higher education in Indiana. Marion was a prime spot for a Wesleyan Methodist Church education center. It was within a few miles of the Indiana Conference headquarters in Fairmount, and there were 25 Wesleyan churches within a 30-mile radius of campus.

  • Marion College Officially Established.

    There were five graduates in the class of 1920-21.

  • President William F. McConn

    President McConn established a College of Arts and Sciences with five divisions and a divinity school.

  • President Woodrow Goodman

    President Woodrow Goodman initiated the “Program of Progress”, which led to curriculum changes, the acquisition of land and new buildings.

  • Marion College Became Accredited

    Under Goodman’s leadership, Marion College was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

  • Dr. Wilbur Glenn Williams Joined Faculty

    Dr. Williams, perhaps one of the most well known professors in IWU history, is Assistant Professor of Biblical Literature and Archaeology. Many students have had him in Old Testament Survey where he has been known to incorporate his 40+ years experience in Israel Archeological excavations into the material he teaches. He taught for many years for only $1 a year.

  • Dr. James Barnes Became President

    President Barnes became president of an institution that was on the brink of bankruptcy. His first priority was to put IWU on a solid financial footing. Between 1995-2003, two capital campaigns raised $65 million.

  • Marion College Became Indiana Wesleyan University

    The change in name was to reflect what had become a wider scope of clientele and increasing numbers of graduate programs.

  • “Building Boom”

    As focus shifted from commuters to residential students, more buildings were built to accommodate the growth.

  • Williams Prayer Chapel Built

    The small chapel is designed to provide a place of solitude for students to experience a moment of peace with the Lord amidst their busy schedules. The building is named in honor of longtime IWU faculty members, Wilbur and Ardelia Williams. Ardelia, who started the IWU Art Department, crafted all of the stained glass windows in the small sanctuary. A journal rests by the double wooden doors as a place to write prayers.

  • McConn Coffee Co. Launched

    The coffee shop in Barnes Student Center was launched by business students with a mission to simply provide a place of community (and good coffee). As one of the most popular places on campus to study and socialize, it is now recognized as the second largest coffee shop in Indiana in terms of revenue at a single location.

  • Society of World Changers Founded

    The purpose of the Society is to recognize one person per year who truly lives out the idea of being a world changer for Christ. The idea for the Society of World Changers sprang from a campus-wide conversation about the book Roaring Lambs, written by the Society’s first inductee, the late Robert Briner. The book challenged believers to live out their faith boldly in the hustle and bustle of their everyday world.

  • Frank Peretti Inducted Into Society of World Changers

    Best-selling author, Frank Peretti, is known for his Christian suspense novels. Perhaps his most well known novel is This Present Darkness, which is credited with reviving an interest in spiritual warfare.

  • The First IWU Executive Vice President Takes Office

    Dr. Henry Smith became the first executive vice president in July 2004.

  • Dr. James Dobson Inducted Into Society Of World Changers

    As Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Focus on the Family. The organization produces his internationally syndicated radio programs, which reach over 220 million people every day.

  • Dr. Benjamin Carson Inducted Into Society Of World Changers

    Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D., overcame a childhood of dire poverty to become Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery and professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

  • Tony Dungy Inducted Into Society of World Changers

    Coach Tony Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl victory in 2007, the first such win for an African-American coach. Dungy has worked with a variety of charitable organizations including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action and All Pro Dad. His book Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance debuted at No. 2 on The New York Times best-seller list.

  • Joni Eareckson Tada Inducted Into Society of World Changers

    Joni Eareckson Tada was paralyzed from the neck down at 17. Since then, she has written 35 books, accepted a presidential appointment to the National Council on Disability, spoken in more than 45 countries and established a disability ministry that reaches around the world.

  • Wesley Seminary Building Opened

    The vision for the Seminary was to create a program that would maintain high academic standards while also inexpensive, accessible and practical. Wesley Seminary opened in fall 2009.

  • The Chapel Auditorium Opened

    The 3,800-seat auditorium officially opened in January 2010. Chapel services and prayer events are held here weekly for the entire IWU community.

  • Bill and Gloria Gaither Inducted Into Society of World Changers

    The Gaithers are changing the world one song at a time. They are known for being key talent that has shaped the realm of Christian music for generations to come. They even mentored artists like Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and Sandi Patty.

  • S. Truett Cathy Inducted Into Society of World Changers

    S. Truett Cathy is founder and chief executive officer of Chick-fil-A, Inc., which is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Kirk Cameron Inducted Into Society of World Changers

    Kirk Cameron may be best known for an actor, but it is the totality of his life and work— his unashamed passion for Christ and the gospel, his dedication to family and his extensive work with multiple humanitarian causes— that makes him a strong example of Christian commitment.

  • David Green Inducted Into Society of World Changers

    Founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, David Green, now has more than 500 stores across the United States. He believes that life holds nothing of lasting value unless he places God at the center of every part of his life. This is a belief that he has carried out in both his business and personal life.

  • Dr. David Wright Became President

    On July 1, 2013, Dr. David Wright became president.

  • Men’s Basketball Won National Championship

    Men’s Basketball claimed its first ever NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship in March 2014.

  • Ott Hall Of Sciences And Nursing Opened

    The 110,000 square foot building is named after IWU alumi Gary and Connie Ott in honor of their multimillion-dollar donation to the University. The structure is home to Science and Nursing majors and provides students expanded state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, research laboratories and student interaction areas.

  • Elizabeth Dole Inducted Into Society Of World Changers

    Elizabeth Hanford Dole is the former United States Senator, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Labor, President of the American Red Cross and Founder of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

  • Wesley Institute

    IWU sister institution, Wesley Institute, opened in Australia in August. This was a momentous physical step towards making IWU a truly global university.

  • Recent Events

    Students representing 70+ denominations come from all 50 states and 10 foreign countries.

    Nearly 3,000 students enrolled in classes on the Marion campus, and more than 12,000 adult learners attend classes at regional education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, or online.

    IWU offers bachelor’s degrees in about 70 majors and master’s degrees in several fields.

    Campus has expanded to more than 300 acres and is valued in excess of $360 million.

    It also includes more than 25 buildings that have been constructed or expanded in the last two decades.

Last updated: 10/24/2016