Wilson College is pleased to host the Inauguration of Wesley R. Fugate, Ph.D. on May 17, 2021.

This event will celebrate President Fugate’s tenure at Wilson since January 2020 and officially install him as the 20th president of the institution.

Due to health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19, attending this event in-person is by invitation only. Others are welcome to join virtually, using the Livestream information posted below.

Event Details

Monday, May 17, 2021 at 2 p.m.

Outdoors on the Main Green | Wilson College | Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

In the event of inclement weather, attendees will be notified via email of alternate arrangements.

Sign the Guestbook

Leave a message for President Fugate here. 

Livestream Information

Coming soon … please check back the day of the event for a link to join virtually.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the number of individuals able to attend in-person is limited. In-person attendance is by invitation only and the favor of a reply by May 3, 2021 is much appreciated.

Delegate RSVP

Faculty and Staff RSVP

Guest RSVP

About President Fugate

Dr. Fugate began service as the 20th president of Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., in January 2020.

Since joining Wilson, Fugate has steered the College through the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic challenges. Early in his tenure, the institution launched a strategic planning process, which is set to be approved in 2021. As a result of this process, the College has created six new undergraduate majors, one new degree completion program, one graduate program, one new endorsement, and one new certificate program. Additionally, Fugate has created the President’s Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and appointed task groups seeking to strengthen Wilson’s financial position.

Fugate’s leadership style is marked by open communication, transparency, and collaboration. He has hosted many town hall meetings to keep various constituencies informed about Wilson’s progress. The alumnae, alumni, and friends of the College have responded to this transparency by increasing their financial support of the Wilson Fund by 25%.

Prior to his appointment at Wilson, Fugate served Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va., in a variety of roles: vice president for student affairs and dean of students; vice president and chief of staff, and secretary of the board of trustees; and interim vice president for enrollment management. Previously, Fugate served as deputy chief of staff for planning and education policy to the governor of Kentucky; director of events for a national political party’s victory efforts; adviser to the Interfraternity Council at the University of Georgia; and director of program advancement for Kentucky’s Governor’s Scholars Program.


Many thanks to the generosity of the following companies for their financial support of President Fugate’s Inauguration event.

Graphics Universal 
Maher Duessel 
Mowery Construction 
SAGE Dining Services
Strickler Agency Inc. 
Synergy Security Services 

A Statement About COVID-19

Wilson College adheres to all state and federal health and safety guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Guests attending the presidential inauguration activities will find:
• Overall attendance limited to not exceed capacity restrictions
• Chairs situated six feet apart on the Main Green to facilitate social distancing
• A limited number of individuals in the platform party
• Musical selections only performed by those designated, no crowd participation
• Refreshments will be served by catering staff
• Tables placed greater than six feet apart at the reception
• Portable hand sanitizing stations located across campus
• All event participants are required to wear a mask while on campus, even when outdoors, except when eating or drinking

And, if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, please do not travel to campus. A livestream link will be available May 17 at wilson.edu/inauguration.
Thank you.
We all play an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19.