Centre reputation written into Congressional Record
January 20, 2011 By Leigh Cocanougher
into the Congressional Record in the “Proceeding and
Debates of the 111th Congress, Second Session” from
Friday, Nov. 19, 2010.
“In 1819,” the Constitutional Record now reads, “a group
of citizens petitioned the Kentucky General Assembly for
a charter to create a new liberal arts college. The result
was Centre College—a remarkable institution...”
Centre College is once again making history. Recently, news about the College’s outstanding reputation was written into the Congressional Record of the United States.
In the record for “Proceeding and Debates of the 111th Congress, Second Session” on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, Centre is praised for its notable alumni, exceptional faculty, commitment to global citizenship, outstanding national recognition and more.
Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, Senate Republican Leader, began his speech extolling Centre with the following:
“Mr. President, in 1819, a group of citizens petitioned the Kentucky General Assembly for a charter to create a new liberal arts college. The result was Centre College—a remarkable institution named for its proximate location in the geographic center of the Commonwealth. So committed was the legislature to the success of this school that it placed some of the State’s most important citizens in charge of its board of trustees.”
McConnell went on to say: “From this august beginning, Centre College matured into a nationally recognized institution that focuses its mission on the success of its students. As their motto indicates, every student can expect a personal education and extraordinary success.”
The Congressional Record now includes a paragraph about Centre’s many notable alumni (including two vice presidents, one chief justice and one associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 13 U.S. Senators, 43 U.S. Representatives and 11 governors), as well as a paragraph about Centre’s having been named No. 1 among all colleges and universities in the South by Forbes for two consecutive years.
“It is with great pride,” McConnell said, “that I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Centre College in Danville, KY. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the relevant portion of the Forbes article be printed in the Record.”
There was no objection, and the Congressional Record now contains 10 paragraphs from the Nov. 12, 2010, Forbes story about the best colleges and universities in the South. For more on that story, click here.
To read the Congressional Record's account of Centre in PDF form, click here.