Book Signing to be Held on Saturday, Oct. 12

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Dr. Phyllis Kohl Coston ’53, Hon. ’98, West Virginia Wesleyan College professor of education and Christian education, Emerita, will be signing her book Celebration of Success at Wesleyan’s Homecoming Saturday, October 12 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. in Chambers Lounge at Wesley Chapel.

In 2009, Dr. Coston began her journey about writing inspiring stories of learning disabled students who coped and succeeded in spite of their learning differences.  “I really felt called to write this book,” said Dr. Coston. “ I wanted to celebrate my students, empower other learning disabled students to know that they can succeed, and provide tips for both parents and educators.”  The personal stories of 38 Wesleyan alumni are included within this book, which was published in the summer of 2013.

Dr.  Coston was known as a pioneer when she started Wesleyan’s Learning Center in 1963 and the Special Support Program for college students with learning disabilities in 1982. She is an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Coston earned her BA from Wesleyan and an MA from Garrett Evangelical Seminary and Northwestern University, and received a Doctor of Humane letters from Wesleyan.

Dr. Coston has been recognized with numerous awards for her teaching and her work with learning disabled students including :  The Award for Exemplary Teaching from the General Board of Higher Education  and Ministry of the United Methodist Church,  Distinguished Teacher Award from the West Virginia State Reading Council, The Distinguished Developmental Educator Award from the W.V. Association of Developmental Educators,  The Francis Asbury Award for fostering ministries from the West Virginia United Methodist Conference and the Outstanding Alumni Award from Garrett Evangelical Seminary.

She is married to Dr. Herbert Coston, Professor Emeritus of History at Wesleyan. The Costons have two children, Robert and Susan.

Books can be purchased on-campus in the Bookstore or Chapel Office, or online via and The books are available as hardback, softback and e-book.  Net profits benefit The Phyllis Kohl Coston and Herbert R. Coston Scholarship for learning disabled students.