BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Students returning to Western Kentucky University will see a new bronze statue of a campus icon.
A statue of 91-year-old Lee Robertson, known by many as "Mr. Western," now stands in the main lobby of the Augenstein Alumni Center, the first place prospective Hilltoppers see when they visit campus.
Robertson, of Bowling Green, said he's honored to be the inspiration for one of five statues of men on campus. A statue of mascot Big Red, also planned for the alumni center, is still in the works.
Robertson's statue joins those of Henry Hardin Cherry, the university's founder, in front of Cherry Hall; Robert Guthrie at the Guthrie Bell Tower; Abraham Lincoln in front of the Kentucky Museum; and E.A. Diddle, long-time coach at WKU, in front of E.A. Diddle Arena.