Kentucky Wesleyan College announces Dr. Thomas Mitzel as 35th president


OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – Kentucky Wesleyan College has a new president.

Dr. Thomas Mitzel will serve as the college’s 35th president.

Mitzel has served as the president of Dickinson State University in North Dakota since 2015. He helped with the university’s enrollment growth and forged new financial pathways.

He has a distinguished career in higher education and has excelled in academic settings from a scholar and faculty member to an associate provost to dean of Natural Sciences to a provost of a nationally ranked liberal arts college and as president of a small-town university.

Dr. Mitzel is a South Dakota native, who helped bolster the Dickinson State University’s Foundation and build relationships with all constituencies at the university.

Mitzel said Kentucky Wesleyan College has some of the best academic programs in the nation and offers students the opportunity to be leaders outside of the classroom.

“I am deeply impressed by the strength of Kentucky Wesleyan College in such a well-rounded manner. The academic programs are some of the best in the nation. Students are also offered the opportunity to be leaders outside the classroom by participation in athletics, community service and pursuing a relationship of their deeper selves and the human existence.”

Mitzel began his career as faculty member and administrator at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He taught organic Chemistry for 12 years, and served three years as associate provost, overseeing curriculum and budget for all academic programs.

He also worked at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Mitzel will join Kentucky Wesleyan College on Jan. 2, 2020.

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(This story was originally published on Sept. 27, 2019)

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