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President’s Welcome

Welcome to Wilmington College!

Interim President Erika GoodwinI am especially happy to introduce you to Wilmington College as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of our founding during the 2020-21 academic year.

Wilmington College combines the best traditions and qualities of a liberal arts education with a deep commitment to prepare students for the world of work or advanced study. At Wilmington, hands-on learning is the rule rather than the exception. We also believe the integration of the liberal arts with career preparation strikes the right balance and provides an excellent foundation for leading lives of service and success.

We provide our students with a values-based education. Wilmington is not only concerned about our students’ academic development, but their moral and spiritual growth as well. The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) founded the College in 1870, welcoming persons of all faiths, races, and cultures. The College remains committed to that spirit of inclusion and continues to embrace such Quaker values as consensus-based decision making, humanitarian service, respect for all persons, international awareness, peace, and social justice. While these values come to us from our Quaker affiliation, they are truly universal, and many denominations and cultures embrace them.

Through a varied curriculum and an array of co-curricular activities, our students learn and grow, both inside and outside the classroom. They work with first-rate faculty and caring staff who are dedicated and devoted to delivering education and providing services in a personal and supportive manner. Wilmington College is definitely a student-centered institution!

There’s much evidence to suggest that our educational programs, co-curricular activities, and deeply held values contribute to success and significant achievement. A few examples from the past year include:

  • Our student-manned, IRS-certified VITA tax preparation site secured a 100 percent IRS rating and completed 205 tax returns in 2019 for community members with low to moderate income, disabilities, or other qualifying factors.
  • Our Aggies (student agriculture organization), hosted 1,367 high school students at their annual Livestock Judging Contest.
  • Our student volunteers typically complete as many as 20,000 hours of community service annually.
  • Our Athletic Training students land internships with professional sports teams like the Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds, and our Sport Management students gain hands-on learning experience working the Super Bowl and other major sporting events.

We are proud of these and other indicators that Wilmington College is fulfilling its mission and transforming students’ lives.

Wilmington College offers a distinctive educational experience. By incorporating the best traditions of the liberal arts, by integrating career preparation activities, and by instilling important values inherited from our Quaker founders, we prepare students through hands-on learning opportunities and equip them to contribute positively to their professions and in their communities — what we call “Hands-On Living.”

Thank you for exploring the opportunities Wilmington College has to offer. If you are a prospective student, the very best way to learn about Wilmington is to visit the campus and get to know the friendly people here. We look forward to your visit and to the possibility of your joining the Wilmington College family!


Erika Goodwin, Ph.D.
Interim President

Erika Goodwin Named WC’s First Female President