The Christopher Wren Association (CWA) was founded by two retired educators, Wayne Kernodle from The College of William and Mary and Ruth Kernodle from Christopher Newport University. The first classes were offered in January, 1991 following six months of preparation by a steering committee from The College of William and Mary and the community. The enrollment the first semester was 105 and has increased to over 1400. This growth has coincided with the increase of the population in Williamsburg and surrounding areas.
CWA was founded as a volunteer organization and has remained so with the exception of four members of the office staff. The instructors, the board of directors and committees, class hosts, class assistants and office support are all volunteers.
Since CWA’s inception, The College of William and Mary has been very supportive, offering classroom space, office space, plus accounting support.