Congratulations on your decision to attend Western Kentucky University, and welcome to our Hilltopper family! You’ve made a great choice to further your education and broaden your life experiences here at WKU. I’m excited to begin a new chapter of my life as WKU’s 10th President. I look forward to the many opportunities we will have to get to know each other throughout the year.
Our mission at WKU is to advance our city, the Commonwealth, and our world by inspiring innovation, elevating communities and transforming lives. My hope for your time on the Hill is that you will find your life transformed by your WKU experience.
You’ll enjoy many benefits of living in Bowling Green, Kentucky, one of the nation’s best college towns and the fastest growing city in the Commonwealth. You can enjoy minor league baseball, a vibrant downtown with restaurants and specialty shops as well as a thriving retail district. And if on occasion you want a little bit more, we’re only a short hour’s drive to Nashville.
The WKU campus offers significant assets as well - it’s natural beauty, state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, modern housing options and a variety of campus restaurant choices that span from the bottom of the hill to the top. Spend time relaxing with friends at the Downing Student Union, working out in the Preston Center, enjoying musical performances, theater and dance productions, and cheering for our championship athletic teams. And, oh yes, make sure you spend time studying in the library and in the 24-7 campus computer lab in Jody Richards Hall!
WKU is a campus with a rich history and unique traditions—like Big Red, one of the nation’s most beloved and recognizable college mascots, and legendary basketball coach Ed Diddle’s red towel. Our first President, Dr. Henry Hardin Cherry, coined the phrase “The Spirit Makes the Master.” While that motto is about preparing you to make a good living, just as importantly, it’s about educating and developing the whole person so that you can make a good life—both for yourself and for those around you.
So as you begin a new year, be inspired, be innovative, be a part of the community and be transformed!
I can’t wait to welcome you to campus personally, and I look forward to beginning this journey together.
Timothy C. Caboni
Western Kentucky University