Kentucky Wesleyan College received a $3 million gift from an Owensboro dentist who was not a graduate of the school.
Dr. Willard Gillespie died in July at age 92 and designated the money to the college in his will. Kentucky Wesleyan College President Bart Darrell said the dentist often spoke of his support for the school’s mission.
“We really do combine, and this is something that Dr. Gillespie really believed in, we really do combine the practical career end game type education, but at the same time, everything we do is guided by what we call the Wesleyan Way, four principles of honor, support for each other, competition with integrity and then love for each other,” said Darrell.
Darrell said the dentist appreciated the school’s dedication to providing career training and the importance the college places on character building, integrity and community.
“He was very supportive and very excited some of the things that are going on here, which we’re really proud of and he clearly just wanted to be part of that and make a big impact.”
The donation will go to the school’s general scholarship fund.