William K. “Kim” Wettlaufer ’80
Kim Wettlaufer is currently the executive director of the Trinity Jubilee Center (TJC) in Lewiston, Maine, run from the Trinity Episcopal Church on Bates Street.
The center serves one of the neediest neighborhoods in Maine, in which 64 percent of the population lives on a yearly income of less than $15,000. Some of the programs offered by the TJC include meals, a food pantry, a diaper distribution service, and a drop-in center open seven days a week. Also, the TJC has become a resource for the Somali and Somali Bantu families, helping them adjust to life in the United States. In 2007, Bates recognized TJC with the William Stringfellow ’49 Award, an award honoring the legacy of William Stringfellow, a lawyer and lay theologian prominent in the American Peace movement. In 2011, the Harward Center gave TJC the Community Partner Award for Sustained Commitment to Partnership.
Wettlaufer began as a volunteer at TJC and, thanks to his creative commitment to the programs, he was asked to join the board of directors. After the executive director left the position, the board asked Wettlaufer to take over on an interim basis. According to a fellow director, Wettlaufer “plunged into this interim position with all of his characteristic energy and commitment.” The board enthusiastically hired him for the position on a permanent basis.
Prior to his involvements in the Trinity Jubilee Center, Wettlaufer was a journalist for the Lewiston Sun Journal and track coach at Lewiston High School. Wettlaufer also owned a Subway Sandwich franchise in Maine and was the chair of the steering committee for the capital campaign at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice that raised the funds to build an in-patient hospice house, which was the first of its kind in Maine.
During his time at Bates, Wettlaufer, a history major, was captain of both the cross-country and indoor track teams, earning All-America honors in both cross country and outdoor track, in the 5,000 meters. He also received the Senior Athletic Citation Award in 1980. Kim continued with the teams as an alumnus, coaching with Walt Slovenski until 1993 when Slovenski retired. As an alumnus, he was elected to the College Key in 1998, was a member of his 25th Reunion Committee, and was recognized with the Alumni Community Service Award in 2008.
For his devotion to Bates College, and his tireless decades of service and leadership within the community, we are honored to welcome Kim Wettlaufer, class of 1980, into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society.