Wilmington College is RISING! I’d like to share some examples of progress as the College endeavors to accomplish its mission “to educate, inspire and prepare each student for a life of service and success.”
The Strategic Plan has begun implementation that addresses each of these areas: R — Recognize & Respond; I — Inspire & Invest; S — Shape & Strengthen; and E — Effectively Educate. Also, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a scourge upon our nation and College. Our number one goal continues to be keeping everyone safe within the context of our Quaker-inspired values.
Look at our new front door to campus. The largely donor-funded Gateway is nearing completion and promises to provide an entrance worthy of our great College. Corey Cockerill is the first female leader of the College’s Agriculture Program as our largest academic area continues to tackle the monumental challenge of feeding an ever-hungry world.
Finally, this is an unprecedented time at WC. During the 2021-22 academic year, we will have launched three new graduate programs.
I hope you enjoy this quarterly newsletter.
Trevor M. Bates, DHSc, AT, ATC
President and Professor of Sport Sciences
Wilmington College recently received word of its inclusion again this year as one of the nation’s “Best Colleges,” as selected by Colleges of Distinction (COD). WC also earned program-specific recognition in business, education and career development for the 2020-21 academic year.
Our new Strategic Planning – Wilmington RISE: now, near, & far! is focused on taking advantage of our strengths and building in areas where we have potential to be stronger and more competitive.
Wilmington College will be updating its immunization requirement for all students, faculty and staff to now include a COVID-19 vaccination or approved exemption to be completed prior to the start of the Spring Semester in January.
The College is poised at the threshold of having a new entrance to campus that both reflects a modern institution entering its second 150 years yet offers a sincere nod to WC’s rich heritage. Wilmington College is RISING and the new gateway at Main St./Fife Ave. and College St. is a physical indication of the College embracing its distinct role in higher education.
Dr. Corey Cockerill, professor of communication arts and agriculture, is the new program director — and the first female in that leadership position — for the College’s largest academic area, agriculture. This new role is the latest summit in an extraordinary journey for one who joined WC as a member of the communication arts faculty in 2008.
Wilmington College is expanding its presence in graduate education in unprecedented ways during the 2021-22 academic year. Its Master of Science in Athletic Training program began this semester with the inaugural cohort starting their coursework in August. The emerging Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and Master of Organizational Leadership programs kickoff in January with the spring semester.
The Bates family purchased the Prez-Mobile as a means to promote the College in a fun and entertaining manner, as well as for the transportation advantages it offers. The street-legal vehicle will be seen in future parades in Wilmington and around campus, where the president will offer tours to special guests.
Team Up! Tuesdays with President Trevor gives the Wilmington College community the chance to get to know our 19th president through brief video segments. Trevor visits different areas of campus and shares his thoughts on Wilmington College, the campus community and more. Let’s strive together to build a strong Quaker team throughout campus and beyond!
FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2022
Inauguration of Dr. Trevor M. Bates as the 19th President of Wilmington College
Details to follow