John A. Roush
President of Centre College
John A. Roush took office on July 1, 1998, as the 20th president of Centre College. He brought 25 years of experience in higher education, most recently as vice president for planning at the University of Richmond.
A graduate of Fairmont High School in Kettering, Ohio, Roush earned a bachelor's degree in English at Ohio University's Honors College, where he graduated summa cum laude. He completed master's and doctoral degrees at Miami University.
Active in athletics, Roush was Ohio University Scholar Athlete of the Year and three times earned Academic All-America honors in football.
Roush began his career in higher education at Miami University as a graduate assistant football coach and remained there nine years, culminating as executive assistant to the president.
He joined the University of Richmond in 1982 as executive assistant to the president and by the late 1980s had emerged as an institutional leader in efforts to create the Jepson School of Leadership Studies. He served on the committee charged with planning its mission, curriculum, and facilities. From 1990 to 1998, Roush has served as vice president for planning, executive assistant to the president, and secretary to the board of trustees at UR.
In addition to his work in higher education, Roush has served in the U.S. Army and is a regular contributor to professional journals. He has been active in civic and community affairs in Richmond, serving on the board of the Tuckahoe YMCA and promoting education and recreation opportunities in low-income areas of the city.
Roush is active in the Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Susie Miller Roush, are the parents of two sons, Luke, 21, and Mark, 18. Mrs. Roush is a native of Dover, Ohio, and has a bachelor's degree from Ohio University and a master's degree from Miami University.
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