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Milton Reigelman has filled many roles at Centre, including serving as Acting President (1997-98), but for more than thirty-five years has primarily been known as a professor of American literature and humanities at the College. At different times during this period he has also overseen admissions and financial aid, student life, development, planning, alumni affairs, the Norton Center for the Arts, and communications.
In 1988, the Louisville Courier-Journal named him one of the three “toughest professors” in Kentucky. At Centre he has won the Rookie of the Year award, the Eric Mount student appreciation award, and the David Hughes Outstanding Professor award two times; has twice chaired the division of humanities and been the Associate Dean; was named the N.E.H. Distinguished Professor of Humanities; and was elected president of Phi Beta Kappa. He has served as president of many local organizations, including the Boyle County Public Library, the Rotary Club, and Anaconda: the Danville Literary and Social Club, founded in 1839.
He lectured on American culture as the US government Senior Fulbright Professor at the University of Warsaw in Communist Poland for one year and Kiev University in the Ukraine for a half-year. He currently directs the College’s Center for Global Citizenship after directing the Centre abroad programs in Strasbourg and London several times. In this country he has been a Captain in Army Intelligence, worked for The Washington Post, studied at Yale and U.N.C. in N.E.H. seminars, and been Dean of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program for fourteen years. During 2007-2009 he coordinated a series of Energizing Kentucky conferences for Berea, Centre, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Louisville.
In 2007 he co-chaired the International Melville/Conrad Conference in Poland that featured 100 leading scholars from 22 countries. With his Polish co-editor Pawel Jedrzejko, he has recently published two books (Secret Sharers in 2011 and Hearts of Darkness in 2010) that bring together innovative Melville essays from scholars around the world. Earlier in his career he published The Midland: A Venture in Literary Regionalism and co-edited The Danville Quarterly. The subjects of his other publications include Henry James, Faulkner, T. S. Eliot, Emerson, George Eliot, Ed McClanahan, and John LeCarre.
Dr. Reigelman has a B.A. in philosophy from William & Mary, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He first did graduate work in English at Johns Hopkins University.
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A widely experienced and much-honored professor of English and the humanities who has crossed over into top administrative posts in strategic planning, international study, and external affairs. Acting president during 1997-98. Twice a Fulbright lecturer abroad (the University of Warsaw in Poland and Kiev University
in the Ukraine). A year in France directing Centre’s residential overseas program in Strasbourg. Publisher
and co-founder of the Danville Quarterly from 1974-77.