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Western Kentucky University

Spirit Masters

2014-2015 Spirit Masters

WKU Spirit Masters

Western Kentucky University's Spirit Masters originated from a trip Dr. Carl Kell, Professor of Communication, WKU Signmade to the University of Alabama. While visiting, Dr. Kell met a group of student ambassadors. Impressed by these students, Dr. Kell brought the idea back to Western's Interim President, Dr. John Minton, with hopes of establishing a similar group.

Eventually, Dr. Kell and Nada McGuiness developed the student ambassador group known today as Spirit Masters.

The original group was selected in the spring of 1981. The twelve men and twelve women selected were officially presented to the University that spring. The name of the group was taken from the University's motto: "The Spirit Makes the Master".



Spirit Masters are the official ambassadors of Western Kentucky University.  Through service to WKU, Spirit Masters are responsible for preserving traditions, striving for excellence, and making the Spirit of Western contagious.  It is the role of Spirit Masters to not only promote WKU's spirit of hospitality to guests, but also inspire the student body to strive for the sense of excellence that WKU as a university reaches toward.  As a diverse student group, we work w/ each other and WKU officials to extend the Spirit of WKU to others so they too can understand how, "The Spirit Makes the Master." 



To request a Spirit Master for your event, please submit the Spirit Master Request Form.

Spirit Masters Abroad

Meredith & Lizzie at Harlaxton

New Spirit Masters Meredith Murrell and Lizzie Brand celebrate their own version of  "Spirit Masters Meet Me on the Hill at Midnight" while at Harlaxton College in England.

Follow Grace McCullough (below) as she spends the Spring 2014 semester abroad at Harlaxton College in England.

Grace McCullough


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 Last Modified 9/25/14