Centre Trustees discuss record-level gifts, enrollment at Fall meeting
October 24, 2011 By Laura Pritchard
campus for the first Board meeting of this academic year.
At Centre College’s first Board of Trustees meeting of the 2011 academic year, officers of the College reported record highs, particularly in giving and enrollment. The Board met Friday, Oct. 21 on Centre’s campus.
Richard Trollinger, vice president for college relations, reported that gifts and grants received in 2010-11 totaled $14,015,44, a 46 percent increase over 2009-2010. Centre’s Annual Fund benefited from a record-setting year, with gifts totaling more than $1.75 million. The Class of 2011 broke a participation record for gifts to the senior campaign, and 53 percent of parents contributed more than $190,000. The alumni participation rate was 54 percent.
Trollinger also reported that within the past several months Centre has received a number of grants and awards. A gift from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation — which Centre received in August — represents a $383,612 restricted contribution for the education program. In June, the Margaret V. Haggin Trust awarded the College $25,000 for need-based scholarships.
The College received two awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The first, a grant for $23,748 awarded to Van Winkle Professor of Sociology Beau Weston, will be used to develop a new course, “What is the happy society?” NEH also selected Centre as the only host in Kentucky for the traveling exhibit “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible,” which will be at Centre in March and April 2013.
The Board voted to approve the Class of 1960 Scholarship, established by that class in honor of its 50th reunion, to be awarded to deserving and qualified students.
Bob Nesmith, dean of admission and student financial planning, announced that Centre welcomed 390 new students at the beginning of the 2011 academic year, bringing total College enrollment to 1,309 full-time students. This is an increase of 67 students over the fall 2010 enrollment.
Stephanie Fabritius, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the College, reported that overall student retention is consistent with retention numbers of recent years. She also reminded the Board that Centre is in its sixth year of participation in the POSSE program, which brings students from major metropolitan areas to America’s most prestigious institutions.
The Board voted to approve emeritus status for Vince DiMartino, Matton Professor of Music, who will retire at the end of spring 2012. DiMartino, an internationally acclaimed trumpet performer and celebrated professor of music, began his career at Centre in 1993.
The Board also voted to approve sabbaticals for nine faculty members.
The next scheduled meeting of the Centre College Board of Trustees is scheduled for January 27-28, 2012, in Louisville.
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