Northern Kentucky's First College: Villa Madonna-Thomas More College

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This book tells the story of Villa Madonna–Thomas More, from its inception in 1921 as a diocesan college in downtown Covington, where most classes were held in renovated private residences, to its relocation to an attractive campus and contemporary facilities in urban Crestview Hills. Founded as a college for women and as a training ground for teaching orders of nuns, Villa Madonna officially became coeducational in 1946. Enrollment immediately doubled to 224, with many of the 99 men being returning veterans. On September 28, 1968, President Lyndon Baines Johnson dedicated the new campus with the name of Thomas More, after the great Catholic scholar and martyr. Decades later, the school is home to a growing student body of 1,600.
ISBN: 9781596298163
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Kentucky
Series: Vintage Images
Images: 174
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Dr. Mielech is a professor emeritus at Thomas More College, where he is also an alumnus (class of '54). During his thirty-three years teaching at the college, he served as the chair for the Department of English and Department of Fine Arts/Drama, and he currently maintains involvement in the alumni association. Mielech has enjoyed personal and professional relationships with eight of the college's thirteen presidents and five of its six bishops. A renowned playwright and director, Mielech is a larger-than-life personality and presence around the campus and its alumni.
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