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Transylvania University alumnus, trustee John Norton Williams Jr. named interim president

The Transylvania University Board of Trustees has named John Norton Williams Jr. interim president beginning Aug. 15. Williams, a 1974 graduate of Transylvania and member of the university’s Board of Trustees, is completing a nine-year term as the dean of the Indiana University School of Dentistry in June. “I am extremely delighted that Dr. Williams has agreed to serve our Transylvania community...

Seamus Carey taking undisclosed position in New York, stepping down at Transylvania University

Seamus Carey will step down as president of Transylvania University this summer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees William T. Young Jr. announced Monday afternoon. Young said an interim president will be identified for the 2019-2020 academic year. Seamus Carey “We are sorry to see Seamus leave Transylvania after five successful years as president. We wish him the best as he returns to New York for...

Transylvania University names Lexington Catholic President Angelucci as VP for campaign initiatives

Transylvania University has named Lexington Catholic High School President Steve Angelucci as the institution’s vice president for campaign initiatives, beginning later this summer. In this new role, Angelucci will work closely with President Seamus Carey and the university’s advancement office to coordinate major fundraising efforts. Under his 10-year leadership at Lexington Catholic, the school...

Transylvania University announces 2018-19 feature event series — New Frontiers

The public is invited to go beyond the familiar and explore ideas, art and music this year with a new feature event series hosted on the campus of Transylvania University. The New Frontiers 2018-19 season focuses on the university’s year-long campus theme – civility — and the debate over its role in shaping citizens and communities. Through presentations from such innovators as author Sir Salman...

Transylvania University receives $800,000 to help combine liberal arts, digital technology

Transylvania University is working to build a national reputation for applying digital technology to a liberal arts curriculum. The Bingham Fund for Excellence in Teaching at Transylvania University has awarded two grants totaling $800,000 as part of the Transylvania Initiative for Digital Technology, Research, and Creativity (DTRC). The Bingham Fund was established to promote excellence and dedication...

Seamus Carey: Moving memorials of Confederate alumni and what to do with the truth

By Seamus Carey Special to KyForward The issues surrounding the recent unrest in Charlottesville arrived on our doorstep in Lexington when our mayor, Jim Gray, courageously called for an acceleration of the process underway to remove two statues from Cheapside Park in downtown Lexington. Once one of the largest slave auction blocks in the country, the site of this park and the Confederate statues...

Transylvania to break ground on $4.5 million Carpenter Academic Center on Friday

Transylvania University will break ground on its $4.5 million renovation of the iconic Haupt Humanities Building at a ceremony on Friday, May 26, at 11:15 a.m. The project will modernize the classroom building, which will be renamed the Carpenter Academic Center in honor of its lead donors, Pete ’64 and Marilyn Carpenter. Over the next 18 months, it will undergo a complete rejuvenation that upgrades...

United Way of the Bluegrass President Farmer will deliver commencement address at Transylvania

Bill Farmer, president and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass, will deliver Transylvania University’s commencement address on Saturday, May 27, as the 237-year-old institution celebrates its 2017 graduates. “Community partnership is an integral part of a liberal arts education,” Transylvania President Seamus Carey said. “Mr. Farmer’s dedication to the Lexington community offers compelling...

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs relocating to Transylvania University campus for 2017-18

Transylvania University will host the 2017-18 Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs, an innovative program that teaches entrepreneurship to Kentucky high school students. During the three-week summer session, a select group of students will turn their bright ideas into real products with the guidance of high school teachers, college professors, business leaders and other mentors. There is no GPA or...

Transylvania forms partnership with Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship for diplomacy scholarships

Transylvania University has partnered with The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship to create a scholarship for a new generation of leaders. Rising high school seniors from every region of the U.S. who are competitively selected and participate in the Henry Clay Center High School National Student Congress in 2017 will receive a $10,000 Diplomacy Scholarship each year for four years, should they decide...

Transylvania receives $71,000 Kenan Charitable Trust grant for program supporting black male students

Transylvania University has received a $71,000 grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust for the Pioneer Pathway Program, which prepares young black males for success in college preparation and completion. Mentorship is at the heart of this program for both the high school and undergraduate participants. The grant will help fund activities including Transylvania’s College Empowerment Program...

100 Doors to Success: Transylvania University mentoring program fuels students’ career aspirations

By Bill Bowden KyForward correspondent Transylvania University junior Rebecca Rumentzas loves listening to stories about the music industry from Charlie Taylor, a 1965 Transylvania graduate who combined nonprofit fundraising with a recording career that has produced three CDs of original songwriting. “I want to build a career in the music business by helping people with talent go somewhere,” says...

Lexington mayor Jim Gray will be speaker for Transylvania’s commencement ceremonies

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will give Transylvania University’s commencement address on May 28. The two-term mayor has strong ties to the school, which is dedicated to strengthening its connection to the city. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, who has family ties to the school, will deliver Transylvania’s commencement address on May 28 (Mayor’s Office Photo) Transylvania and Gray have both shown...

Transylvania adopts test-optional admissions policy; will continue use of ‘holistic’ approach

Beginning with the fall 2016 admissions cycle, students will no longer be required to submit ACT or SAT scores when applying to Transylvania University. According to a press release from the Lexington liberal arts school, the test-optional policy is becoming increasingly popular among U.S. institutions.   “The ACT and SAT are among a set of many tools that can be used in evaluating a student...

Transylvania University’s new president works to bring campus community together

Seamus Carey is Transylvania University’s 26th president. (Photo from Transylvania University)   By Bill Bowden KyForward correspondent   As he settles into his new role as Transylvania University’s 26th president, Seamus Carey exudes a calm and positive attitude about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. He took office July 1, replacing R. Owen Williams, who resigned...

Transylvania’s Owen Williams to become president of Associated Colleges of the South

Owen Williams Transylvania University President Owen Williams will move into a new position this summer as president of the Associated Colleges of the South, a consortium of 16 liberal arts institutions.   In his letter to the university’s board, Williams said, “While I am genuinely thrilled to be moving to this new pursuit, I can also say without reservation that it was an honor to...

Transylvania names its 26th president;
Sacred Heart’s Seamus Carey begins July 1

Seamus Carey, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., has been selected to serve as the 26th president of Transylvania University, effective July 1.   Seamus Carey, Transylvania University’s new president (Photo provided) Carey, who received a doctorate in philosophy from Fordham University, will succeed Owen Williams at the historic Lexington...