BEREA, KENTUCKY—President Lyle Roelofs likes to buy running shoes for his students at Berea College—as long as they get some exercise with him twice weekly before class. Starting at 7 a.m., students—along with faculty, staff and community members—can run four miles with him or walk two with his wife.
Roelofs, a physicist, started such a club informally when he was dean of faculty and interim president at Colgate University in New York. He also saw a pressing need for it when he arrived on campus in Kentucky’s Appalachian foothills in 2012.
Berea, though private, enrolls only young people whose families make less than $29,000 per year.