Commencement 2019

News Briefs


At its spring meeting on May 11, the Virginia Wesleyan College Board of Trustees recognized two outgoing and one former trustee as Trustees Emeriti. They are outgoing trustees Elizabeth Middleton ’91 and John Trinder and former trustee Joan Brock. Middleton, who graduated from VWC with a bachelor’s degree in art, joined the Board of Trustees in 2010. She served as past chair of the College’s President’s Advisory Council and also as past president of Women of Wesleyan. Her husband, George, served on the Board for many years prior to his death in 2009. Trinder has had a significant impact on the College's athletics programs. Through his leadership and support, the Trinder Center and Foster Field opened in 1998 to provide a home for the men's and women's lacrosse and men's and women's soccer teams. Brock served on the President’s Advisory Council from 1996-1999, the Board of Trustees from 1999-2006, and was Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2001-2004. Support of Virginia Wesleyan runs deep for her family. Her uncle, Douglas McIntyre, served as the College’s first registrar and was a member of the faculty for 25 years, and her father, Kenneth R. Perry, served on the Board of Trustees from 1991 until his death in 2004. The spring meeting was the last with Gary Bonnewell '79 as the Chair of the Board. He is the first VWC alumnus to serve as Board Chair. When the Board reconvenes in the fall, the College will welcome trustee David Kaufman as Chair.