Wilmington College (Ohio)

Wilmington College
Wilmington College Logo
Wilmington College Logo
MottoNon saltu sed multis gradibus (Latin)
Motto in English
Not by a leap, but by many steps
TypePrivate college
Established1870; 152 years ago (1870)
Religious affiliation
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Academic affiliations
PresidentTrevor M. Bates
Other students
139 (Cincinnati Branches)

39°26′38″N 83°49′04″W / 39.4439°N 83.8178°W / 39.4439; -83.8178Coordinates: 39°26′38″N 83°49′04″W / 39.4439°N 83.8178°W / 39.4439; -83.8178
CampusRural, 1,248 Acres
Sporting affiliations

Wilmington College is a private college in Wilmington, Ohio. It was established by Quakers in 1870 and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In fall 2018, the college set an enrollment record, bringing in 450 new students for the academic year, totaling 1,103 students on Wilmington's main campus, and 139 students at Wilmington's two Cincinnati branches at Blue Ash and Cincinnati State.


The ground breaking for Marble Hall, which was entirely built by students and brought national attention to Wilmington College. 13 April 1948.

In 1863 three brothers, Hugh, James, and Thomas Garvin founded Franklin College in Albany, Ohio. After two years in Albany, the college was relocated to Wilmington, where the cornerstone of College Hall was laid on 4 July 1866. The institution was closed in 1868 following the Civil War. In 1870 the half-completed Franklin College building went up for auction. The building and 33 surrounding acres were purchased by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Lewis Estes was named the first president. Following a few years of economic struggle, Estes resigned. Benjamin Trueblood, a 26-year-old recent Earlham College graduate, was named the new president. In 1875, Wilmington College graduated its first class of four students, three females, and one male. South Hall (razed 1956) was the college's first dorm in 1876, and in 1904 the college purchased a former boarding house and named it Twin Ash Hall (demolished 1984).

In 1917, Wilmington College acquired the Lebanon National Normal School in Lebanon, Ohio.

In 1944, under President S. Arthur Watson, the college was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and joined the North Central Association of Colleges. Following WWII, Wilmington College saw a huge boost in growth. Under President Samuel Marble, Marble Hall (1950) was constructed by students. This was due to the large boost in the middle class following WWII and the creation of the G.I. Bill. Also built by students were The Pyle Student Center (1957) and Friends Hall (1955). The current gymnasium, Herman Court was constructed in 1966.

Today, President Trevor Bates, the first African-American president, is head of the college. The college has 25 majors, 27 minors, and 32 concentrations. As well as three graduate programs. There are 18 intercollegiate sports in the NCAA Div-III. The campus features over 50 student-led organizations.


  • Lewis A. Estes: 1871-1874
  • Benjamin Franklin Trueblood: 1874-1879
  • David Dennis: 1879-1881
  • James Unthank: 1881-1903
  • Albert Brown: 1903-1912
  • Samuel Hodgin: 1912-1915
  • J Edwin Jay: 1915-1927
  • Henry Williams: 1927-1928
  • Beverly Skinner: 1928-1931
  • Walter Collins: 1932-1940
  • Sheppard Arthur Watson: 1940-1947
  • Samuel Marble: 1947-1959
  • W Brooke Morgan: 1959-1960*
  • James Read: 1960-1969
  • W Brooke Morgan: 1969-1970*
  • Robert Hinshaw: 1971-1975
  • Neil Thorburn: 1982-1995
  • Daniel A. DiBiasio: 1995-2011
  • James Reynolds: 2012-2020
  • Erika Goodwin: 2020*
  • Trevor Bates: 2021–present

Indicates interim/acting president*


Wilmington College offers undergraduate programs and three Masters' programs. The college's Watson Library is a member of the Ohio Private Academic Libraries (OPAL) consortium and the OhioLINK consortium that provides an integrated catalog, e-resources, and more than 100 research databases.


Main campus

College Hall

Academic buildings

  • College Hall (1869): Historic building present at Wilmington College's founding in 1870. Houses classrooms, faculty offices, offices of Admission, Financial Aid, the President's Office, and Academic Affairs. Added to National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
  • Bailey Hall (1908): Began as a science building for the college, and later renovated into student housing. Renovated to become home of the college's science programs once again temporarily during ongoing renovations to Kettering Hall.
  • S. Arthur Watson Library (1941): The college library, named for former College president S. Arthur Watson. The building is home to the college archives, OhioLink, OPAL, and study space for students.
  • Thomas R. Kelly Religious Center (1962): Kelly Religious Center houses the Campus Friends Meeting, The Office of Campus Ministry, faculty offices, classrooms, and the offices of the Wilmington Yearly Meeting.
  • Robinson Communication Center (1992): Houses the Academic Resource Center, computer labs, photography labs and studios, the Communication Arts Department, and student publication offices.
  • Oscar F. Boyd Cultural Arts Center (2005): Features David and June Harcum Art Gallery, the WC Theatre Department, 440-seat Hugh Heiland Theatre, Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center, T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse, and two-story academic wing with classrooms and faculty offices.
  • Center for Sport Sciences (2015): Houses the college's nationally recognized Athletic Training program, indoor and outdoor practice facilities for all athletic teams, and offices for Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, Beacon Orthopedics and Sport Medicine, and chiropractic offices.
  • Center for the Sciences & Agriculture: Includes the renovated 34,000 square-foot former Kettering Science Hall and a 13,500 square-foot addition. The facility hosts 10 classrooms, 10 laboratories, three research labs, two 100-seat lecture halls and 30 offices.
    Center for the Sciences and Agriculture

Peace Resource Center

The Peace Resource Center (PRC) at Wilmington College creates a vital connection between the Quaker mission and vision of Wilmington College and national and international efforts toward non-violence, social justice, and peace.

The PRC is the home of the unique archives, “The Barbara Reynolds Memorial Archives”, which is one of the most extensive collections in the United States focusing on the human experience of nuclear war through the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan on August 6 and 9, 1945.

The PRC was founded in 1975 by the Quaker peace activist Barbara Leonard Reynolds (1915-1990) who worked to create a world free of nuclear weaponry and war and to providing ways for atomic bombing survivors share their stories of the tragedy of military conflict. In the late 1950s, Barbara and her husband Earle Reynolds became icons of the global peace and antinuclear movement after sailing their yacht the Phoenix of Hiroshima into the US nuclear test site Cedar under Operation Hardtack I near the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

The Peace Resource Center’s non-violence, social justice, and global peace programming, as well as its priceless archives and collection of historical documents, makes it a unique “Hands On” space that promotes and affirms peace as a core value of the Wilmington College mission.

Residence halls

  • Denver Hall (1925): Historic residence hall for fifty students.
  • Marble Hall (1948): Residence hall built by students led by College president Samuel Marble. The building was dedicated with an Ohio Historical Marker in 2013.
  • Friends Hall (1955): Residence halls in the center of campus for men and women.
  • Austin Pickett Hall (1965): Two large joining buildings housing freshman residence halls.
  • Campus Village (1998): Apartment-style residence buildings
  • College Commons (2001): Townhouse units for upperclassmen

Greek life

Wilmington College recognizes thirteen Greek Letter Organizations: three national fraternities, three local fraternities, two national sororities and three local sororities, and two auxiliaries. This group of thirteen Greek organizations constitutes the membership of the Greek Council. Additionally, Wilmington College boasts several honor societies, some international in scope.

Men's organizations

Active chapters in bold, inactive chapters italicized.
(NIC) indicates members of the North American Interfraternity Conference.
(NPHC) indicates members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

  • Sigma Zeta (ΣΖ), 1916 – local fraternity (not to be confused with the STEM honorary of the same name)
  • Tau Kappa Beta (ΤΚΒ), 1948 – local fraternity
  • Delta Theta Sigma (ΔΘΣ), 1983 – national, with agricultural affinity
  • Lambda Chi Alpha (ΛΧΑ), 2008 – International fraternity
  • FarmHouse (FH), 2019 – international fraternity (NIC)
  • Gamma Phi Gamma (ΓΦΓ), 1907-2014(suspended)(returned) 2022 - local fraternity
Phi Alpha Psi (ΦΑΨ), 1972-20xx – local fraternity (Inactive)
Iota Phi Theta (ΙΦΘ), 1984-20xx – international fraternity (NPHC and NIC) (Inactive)

Women's organizations

Active chapters in bold, inactive chapters italicized.
(NPC) indicates members of the National Panhellenic Conference.
(NPHC) indicates members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

  • Delta Omega Theta (ΔΩΘ), 1907 – local sorority
  • Alpha Phi Kappa (ΑΦΚ), 1921 – local sorority
  • Psi Beta Omega (ΨΒΩ), 1978 – local sorority
  • Delta Theta Sigma Lil Sis (ΔΘΣ sisters), 1984 – auxiliary, operates as a sorority
  • Phi Alpha Psi Sweethearts (ΦΑΨ sisters), 1985 – auxiliary, operates as a sorority
  • Kappa Delta (ΚΔ), 2009 – national sorority (NPC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (ΣΓΡ), 2017 – national sorority (NPHC)
Iota SweetHearts (ΙΦΘ sisters), 19xx-2014? – national auxiliary for ΙΦΘ

Honor societies

Active chapters in bold, inactive chapters italicized.
(ACHS) indicates members of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ), 1972-20xx – history honors (ACHS)


Wilmington College Quakers
UniversityWilmington College
NCAADivision III
Athletic directorBill Wilson
LocationWilmington, Ohio
Varsity teams19
Football stadiumWilliams Stadium
Basketball arenaFred Raizk Arena at Hermann Court
Baseball stadiumTewksbury Delaney Field
NicknameFightin' Quakers
ColorsLime Green and Dark Green
Fans Cheering on the Fighting Quakers

Wilmington College athletic teams are known as the "Fightin' Quakers". Their colors are dark green and lime green. The Quakers compete at the NCAA Division III level and have been a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) since 2000.

Wilmington College Football

Wilmington College offers nine men's teams and nine women's teams, including

Before becoming a member of the NCAA, Wilmington's teams competed in the NAIA. Wilmington was previously a member of the Association of Mideast Colleges from 1990 to 1996 and served as an independent until 1998. WC was in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference from 1998 to 1999, before joining the OAC in 2000. Wilmington's conference opponents include: Baldwin Wallace University, Capital University, Heidelberg University, John Carroll University, Marietta College, University of Mount Union, Muskingum University, Ohio Northern University, and Otterbein University.

National champions

Wilmington has had 6 individual National Champions, as well as one team National Championship.

  • Christian Patterson: 2014 NCAA Division III outdoor high-jump
  • Ashley Johnson: 2006 NCAA Division III polevault
  • Doreen Nagawa: 2005 NCAA Division III triple-jump
  • Emily Herring: 2004 NCAA Division III indoor high-jump
  • Women's Basketball: 2004 NCAA Division III National Champions
  • Jimmy Wallace: 2002 NCAA Division III Wrestling
  • Nyhla Rothwell: 1997 NCAA Division III indoor high-jump
  • Callen Martin: 2010 NCAA Division III 55-meter dash indoor

National tournament appearances

  • Men's Basketball: '10, '14
  • Women's Basketball: '02, '03, '04, '07, '08
  • Men's Soccer: '80, '81, '82, '83, '84, '86, '87, '89, '96, '99, '00, '01, '04
  • Women's Soccer: '85, '86, '94, '00, '02, '03
  • Football: '80, '82, '83

Conference champions-NCAA Era

  • Men's Basketball: '10, '14
  • Women's Basketball:'92, '99, '98, '00, '99 '02, '03, '05, '07, '08
  • Men's Soccer:'92, '93, '94, '95, '98, '99, '00, '04
  • Women's Soccer:'93, '94, '95, '98, '99, '00, '02, '03
  • Men's Track & Field: '01
  • Women's Track & Field: '99, '00, '01

Notable Quaker athletics alumni

Cincinnati Bengals

Wilmington College was the location of summer training camp for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League from the team's first season in 1968 through 1996, when the team moved camp to Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Notable alumni

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