A Place of High Achievement: Support for Faculty and Academic Programs

Campaign Goal


Our Progress

* Progress is updated quarterly

As Centre approaches a third century of service, we remain committed to allowing students to develop a broad knowledge-base so they can adapt to change, become lifelong learners, and use the wisdom they gain to create a better future for themselves and their communities. The goal of the Centre Experience is the education of the whole person, and the faculty is at the heart of that experience. To that end, the Third Century Campaign seeks $35 million in support of faculty and academic programs.


Areas of Support & Endowed Naming Opportunities

Norton Center - $10,000,000

RSSO with the  Centre College Orchestra

A fund of this size will provide $500,000 in annual operating support, which is needed to continue Centre’s history of providing access to world-class performances to the Centre community and to the region, all at no cost to students.


Endowed Chair - $2,500,000

Kyle Anderson teaching 2013

Nothing is more critical to Centre’s mission than outstanding teaching. A fund of this size will cover the compensation of a full professor, as well as supplemental funding for related discretionary funds, such as library resource, travel funds, etc. Chairs are generally maintained until retirement.


Endowed Professorship - $500,000


A fund of this size will cover costs other than salary (travel, library resource, research, benefits, etc.) for a highly qualified professor. Professorships often are awarded for a specific period of time.


Newlin Hall Show - $500,000

Newlin Hall

A fund of this size will provide $25,000 to help cover artist fees for one of the featured Newlin Hall performances.


Professor of Practice - $500,000

David Toth Outdoor Classroom 2014

There are many people (artists, business executives, public servants, etc.) who have non-academic experiences that position them to be excellent teachers in their respective fields. A fund of this size will allow the College to bring highly qualified people to our campus for a term.


Writer-in-Residence - $500,000


Over the years, Centre has been able to bring many talented writers to campus, cobbling together funding from various sources. A fund of this size will allow us to make that a permanent addition to the College’s offerings.


Faculty Start-up Fund - $250,000/$500,000

Stephen Dove teaches class 2013

New faculty members often require start-up funding in terms of equipment, library resources, etc. As Centre competes with other outstanding colleges and universities for the most promising young teachers/scholars, we must be able to offer them the tools and resources that they would find at comparable institutions. The size of these funds might vary based on discipline and other factors.


Lectureship - $250,000


It is a long Centre tradition to bring speakers to campus to address the community on a variety of issues outside the classroom, often in a convocation format. A fund of this size will provide $12,500 in annual income to support fees and travel expenses.


Lab Fund - $100,000

Dove Research Lab

The cost of equipping and maintaining well-equipped labs is a growing budgetary concern. A fund of this size will produce $5,000 annually for upkeep and maintenance on existing equipment.


Weisiger Show - $100,000

Centre Showcase 2014

Some of the most interesting and engaging shows at Centre take place on the Weisiger Theatre stage. A fund of this size will provide $5,000 annually in artist fees for one of these more intimate performances.


New Initiatives - $100,000/$1,000,000

BCMS Collaborative Research

As the pace of change in our world accelerates, colleges like Centre must be able to respond with agility to new opportunities and challenges, while resisting temptation to succumb to fads. It is difficult to find room for such innovations in ongoing operating budgets. Funds for such “new initiatives” will allow the College to explore and implement such changes. The potential focus for such funds includes several high-priority items from the strategic plan (e.g., faculty diversity initiatives, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and leadership development).


Library Fund - $10,000

Students studying in Crounse

Perhaps nothing is more important to the life of a first-rate college than an exceptional library. A fund of this size will provide $500 in annual income and can be directed to a variety of purposes.