President’s Message

Dr. John P. Marsden is the tenth president of Midway University. He began his service on February 1, 2013.

Welcome to Midway University. This year marks our 175th anniversary as an institution and our seventh consecutive year of enrollment growth. Our Fall 2022 census includes 1,901 students enrolled in all programs including traditional daytime undergraduate, evening and online undergraduate, graduate as well as dual credit students.

To sustain our enrollment growth, we have completed several major construction and renovation projects across campus without incurring new debt. These include the new Hunter Field House, the new Tracy Farmer-Don Ball Stadium, a new equine barn, the renovation of Marrs Hall which includes the new Ann J. Bowling Welcome Center, the top to bottom renovation of Pinkerton Hall converting it back to a residence hall, bathroom renovations in Belle Wisdom Residence Hall and Buster Residence Hall, and the rebuilding of the tennis courts.

Despite recent transformations including university status and coeducation, we remain committed to our historical mission to provide students with a career-focused education grounded in the liberal arts in a personalized learning environment. Our dedicated faculty and staff care about our students and their potential growth, dreams, and successes. In addition, we are committed to providing our students with an affordable option and offer generous scholarships.  Our campus is in a rural location surrounded by horse farms but is in close proximity to the amenities of major cities.

As we continue to honor and celebrate our rich history from our beginning as the Kentucky Female Orphan School in 1847 to today’s Midway University, we are always looking forward and addressing the rapidly changing landscape of higher education. How we can best serve our students remains at the heart of our discussions about the future. Please review our website and plan to visit in person to learn more about Midway University – a place that can make a difference in your life.


John P. Marsden, Ph.D.


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