Berea council hears college update 

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Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley shakes hands with Father Gary Simpson after reading aloud a proclamation declaring Oct. 24 Rotary International World Polio Day. 

Berea College President Lyle Roelofs describes himself as someone who doesn't like to brag, but being at the head of the liberal arts college, he has a lot to brag about.

At Tuesday night’s Berea City Council meeting, Roelofs shared with the council the college's long list of accomplishments, including number one rankings at both the state and national level over the past two years.

First, he said, was an accomplishment from a source called 24/7 Wall Street in which the school was named the most selective school in Kentucky.

Last April, to the shock of the president who hikes a lot himself, was the announcement that the Berea Pinnacles, owned by the college, were named the number one place to hike in the commonwealth.

Nationally, the college has been ranked as the number one college farm in the country, and, according to the Wall Street Journal, the number one best valued school in the country.

“I was not surprised. When you don’t charge tuition, it’s hard for someone to be a better value than you are,” he laughed. “But we are proud to have the quality. Last year, for that same ranking, we were ranked number six, and I just could not figure out how we were number six last year, but they got it right this year.”

Berea College, he told the council, has also been featured in “The Atlantic,” a CBS This Morning segment and on Sunday, a documentary on higher education in the U.S. will air on CNN at 8 and 11 p.m.

“These are some impressive accolades, really unbelievable that we have such a highly esteemed college in our town and sometimes we overlook that,” said council member Steve Caudill who reminded the president of the school’s recent number one ranking as a top performer in sustainability.

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Other business

• The city’s Audit and Finance Committee received a clean audit.

• Mayor Bruce Fraley read aloud a proclamation declaring Oct. 24 Rotary International World Polio Day in Berea.

• The council voted to approve to still have their regularly scheduled meeting which falls on Election Day, Nov. 5.

The next Berea City Council meeting will be Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Berea Municipal Building at 304 Chestnut St., Berea.

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