For 25 years, Kenny Lake has served the university, and Wittenberg
recently took notice, naming him an Honorary Alumnus of the
college, a status bestowed only on those who serve the institution
and work to sustain it in an exemplary manner.
Promoted to carpenter foreman in December 1991, Lake first
worked on campus with the company contracted to build the new
Thomas Library. A year later, when the library was completed,
Wittenberg hired him, and Lake quickly found his forever home.
"When I became an employee, it did not take long at all to realize
that I became a part of a family, and my job became a part of
Wittenberg's history by maintaining and preserving the past," Lake
said. "I soon realized my job was to serve Wittenberg. This campus
has become a very large part of my life."
Lake's fingerprints cover virtually every campus surface - the oak
cross under the arch in Weaver Chapel, the first computer lab, the
wall that secures Wally Witt, the Myers Hall Cupola, several versions
of the Kissing Bridge and most recently, the Wittenberg Torch, which
became a new tradition at Commencement 2006.
"I have had the great opportunity of working in almost every
room in each building and each university house that surrounds the
campus," Lake said, and added that as much as the brick and mortar
that holds the buildings together means to him, nothing means more
than the people he has met and the knowledge that he is part of the
"I feel that personal and professional accomplishments are one in
the same," Lake said. "I take my work here on campus very personally
to accomplish improvements and view new ideas for students, faculty
and staff. I am proud to be a part of a group of skilled craftsmen who
work to keep the history of Wittenberg University evident of the past
and supportive of the future."