The Centre Experience


President John A. Roush with Wife, Susie

John A. Roush took office on July 1, 1998, as the 20th president of Centre College. Roush grew up in Ohio and graduated from Kettering Fairmont High School, where he was active in athletics, music, and theater. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Ohio University’s Honors College in 1972, graduating summa cum laude. Active in college athletics, Roush was Ohio University’s Scholar Athlete of the Year and was a three-time Academic All-American in football. He completed his formal education at Miami University, earning a master’s degree in 1973 and Ph.D. in 1979.




Centre News

Current students will tell you: a Centre education isn’t just an accomplishment, it’s an experience. Learning both inside and outside of the classroom, collaborating with faculty and other students, and traveling around the world are just the beginning of the uniquely intense and immersive brand of education Centre is famous for.


The Washington Post calls Centre “one of the premier intellectual gathering points of the region,” and for good reason: your teachers will demand your best and work with you intensively to test your intellectual and academic limits. You’ll be surrounded by other inquisitive and agile minds—many of whom go on to win top national honors and awards, including Rhodes, Fulbright, and Goldwater.

Campus Life

Centre’s campus, located in the heart of Kentucky horse country, spans 152 lush acres, with 67 buildings, many of them National Historic Register sites. Our campus represents a graceful fusion of tradition and innovation, with Old Centre, built in 1820, sharing a horizon with state-of-the-art LEED Gold certified residence halls and a two-story science complex in Young Hall. Students live in traditional dormitories, historic Danville buildings and townhouse style apartments—keeping campus a close-knit and intimate place.


Centre students are known for their multifaceted personalities and talents. Aside from being motivated and successful students, they pursue multiple other passions, including music, art, drama, athletics, student government, community service and campus clubs. Centre students also come from increasingly diverse backgrounds, both nationally and internationally, creating a dynamic mixture of ideas and understandings that fuels personal and academic growth for every member of the College community.

After Centre

Centre’s commitment to experiential education—internships, collaborative research, and community-based learning—means that every Centre student receives valuable real-world experience before graduating. With the ability to participate in internships across the nation and the globe or to complete research with professors, students leave Centre with the kind of real-world experience that sets their graduate school or job application apart from their peers.