Former WKU President Dr. John D. Minton, Sr. Passes Away

By: Daniel Kemp Email
By: Daniel Kemp Email

A former president of Western Kentucky University has died, and now those close to him are remembering his leadership and legacy.

Dr. John D. Minton, Sr. died early on June 29 of natural causes.

He was 86-years-old.

The Trigg County native was the fifth president of WKU, following the retirement of Dr. Dero Downing, and a member of the Western family for nearly 30 years.

Present leaders at the university who knew Dr. Minton say it's his sage advice and counsel they'll remember most.

"He was a great mentor and friend and for a lot of people who've come through the WKU family," said WKU President, Dr. Gary Ransdell.

"He's the one who guided me through graduate school, guided me through my first job at WKU. Really sent me on a path through higher education that has worked out quite well. I'll miss a friend, but a great mentor as well."

After experiencing some declining health in 2002, President Ransdell recommended WKU's Central Hall be renamed John D. Minton Hall in his honor.

During his time at WKU, Minton served as a history professor and Vice President of both Student and Administrative Affairs.

He chaired the Faculty Athletic Committee and served as President for the Sun Belt Conference.

He was also responsible for implementing Title IX at WKU, a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination against students and employees.

Visitation for Dr. Minton, Sr. will be held on June 30, from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church, where Minton was a member.

The funeral will be held on July 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the church, with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Broadway United Methodist Church, and the John D. Minton Graduate Fellowship through the College Heights Foundation at WKU.

Dr. Minton is survived by his wife of 61 years, Miss Betty Redick Minton, two sons and five grandchildren.


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