Former Asbury U. President, Dr. Dennis Kinlaw, dead at 94

Dennis Kinlaw
From Red Album, Faculty, Dr. Dennis Kinlaw, president, 1990

WILMORE, Ky. — A release from Asbury University reports that Dr. Dennis F. Kinlaw, one of the longest-serving presidents in the school’s history, passed away at 94 on Monday.

“A dear friend, giant in the faith and one of the leading Christian voices of Wesleyan-Holiness has passed on to his heavenly reward,” said Asbury President Sandra C. Gray. “My visits with Dr. Kinlaw over the past 10 years were a joy and inspiration.”

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Kinlaw, who also attended Asbury from 1939-43, accepted an invitation to serve as the school’s president in 1968.  He filled that position over two terms, from 1968-1981 and 1986-1991.

During Kinlaw’s two tenures, Asbury continued to achieve higher standards of excellence and innovation, completing two 10-year, self-study procedures for the Southern Association of Colleges and School (SACS), planting the first seeds of the Media Communication program and raising funds for and building the Kresge women’s residence hall. During this time, Asbury also entered into intercollegiate sports, reached a record high enrollment and adopted a rigorous plan for minority recruitment.

Asbury University’s Kinlaw Library, dedicated in June 2001 honors Dennis and Elsie Kinlaw, recognizing their lasting impact on Asbury and the life-long difference they made in the lives of students.

Service information for Dr. Kinlaw is as follows:

  • Friday, April 14 — Visitation, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Hughes Auditorium, Asbury University
  • Saturday, April 15 — *Celebration of Life Service, 10 a.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.), Hughes Auditorium, Asbury University
  • Saturday, April 15 — Interment, Wilmore Cemetery