Longtime Centre College Board chair completes tenure with record-breaking campaign total
RELEASED: January 31, 2008
"As David Grissom steps down from the chairmanship of the Centre Board of Trustees, he leaves us with many wonderful memories," said Centre President John Roush. "While these memories enrich the present, his legacy inspires us to be sure that it is our dreams that guide Centre's future."
During his 10-year service on the Board before becoming chair, Grissom led two capital campaigns for the College, and he has been a major factor in the success of the two campaigns undertaken during his tenure as Board chair. As a result of these campaigns and the careful management of investments, Centre's endowment has grown from $27.8 million to more than $225 million during Grissom's tenure. In addition, during this period, Centre's student body, faculty and facilities have grown significantly in size and quality. The College's current enrollment of 1,175 is an all-time high.
During the era of Grissom's leadership, "Centre has become a college of national consequence, a place held in high regard by those who understand undergraduate education of the highest quality," Roush said.
During the ceremonies, Grissom was presented with the Isaac Shelby Medallion, the College's most prestigious honor. The medallion is awarded to individuals who exemplify the ideals of service to Centre and devotion to the public good that were embraced by Shelby, Kentucky's first governor and the first chair of the Centre Board of Trustees.
Since the Medallion's inception in 1972, only six individuals have received the honor prior to Grissom: John Sherman Cooper, Chauncey Newlin, Ewing T. Boles, Golladay LaMotte, Pierce Lively and James H. Evans.
The position of Board chair passes from Grissom to Centre trustee Robert T. Brockman '63. Brockman, who was elected to the Board in 1998, is chairman and CEO of The Reynolds and Reynolds Company in Houston.
It was also publicly announced at the gathering that Centre's Campaign for A More Perfect Centre, the College's most ambitious campaign to date, ended on Dec. 31, 2007 with impressive results: $169,374,192 has been raised, more than $49 million over the goal of $120 million. This amount is the largest fundraising campaign total ever achieved by a private college in Kentucky.
Roush said that the Campaign's success is based on the support of thousands of alumni and friends, as well as corporations and foundations, with leadership provided by the College's Board of Trustees.
"At most outstanding colleges, leadership starts with the Board of Trustees, and it is here where Centre has been blessed repeatedly throughout history," Roush said. "The men and women who have guided Centre as trustees during my time as president have shown an amazing dedication to the College's mission, a remarkable clarity of vision and an unfailing willingness to answer the call when asked to their share their expertise, their time and their resources."
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