Centre College President John A. Roush has announced the upcoming retirement of two senior administrators, in the areas of study abroad and development, as well as a number of promotions to vice president that will occur throughout the course of the new academic year.
Milton Reigelman, who has served the College for more than four decades and is credited by Roush for building Centre’s study abroad program to national prominence, will move to half-time status in November 2016 in advance of retiring on June 30, 2017.
Besides his longtime role as director of the Center for Global Citizenship, Reigelman has been a member of the English faculty, served as acting president and is currently a special assistant to the president. The author of several books and numerous articles, many on Herman Melville, Reigelman has also been a Fulbright Scholar in Poland and Ukraine.
“Milton’s departure from the College’s leadership team is a substantial loss,” says Roush, “but we will carry on and build on the many important strengths of our now nationally recognized study abroad program.”
Under Reigelman’s leadership, international study at Centre has become recognized as one of the best, if not the best, programs in the nation. It is regularly ranked among the top 5 in the country by leading rankings and guidebooks and has twice held the nation’s #1 ranking for participation rates by the Institute of International Education.
Reigelman earned his undergraduate degree at the College of William & Mary and holds graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Iowa, where he earned his Ph.D.
An internal search for Reigelman’s successor will begin this fall.
Vice President for College Relations Richard Trollinger is also set to retire and will leave his key role overseeing fundraising and alumni engagement on Dec. 31, 2016. After a six-month study leave, Trollinger will return in the role of senior philanthropy advisor.
“Richard’s contributions to the welfare of this College are too many to mention,” Roush emphasized. “His impact for good at Centre in all aspects has been profound, and we look forward to keeping him involved in the life of the institution.”
Since joining the Centre staff in 1994, Trollinger has overseen two successful capital campaigns. The most recent “Campaign for A More Perfect Centre,” completed in 2007, far exceeded its goal of $120 million, achieving a total of $169,374,192. The “Front & Centre Campaign,” completed in 1997, raised $76,129,827 against a goal of $60 million. Trollinger is also responsible for launching Centre’s current “Third Century Campaign,” which has already reached $130,135,376 toward its goal of $200 million.
All combined, in campaign totals alone, Trollinger has overseen $375 million in fundraising for Centre during his 22 years at the College.
Considered one of the nation’s leading experts on educational fundraising, Trollinger has co-authored Philanthropy and American Higher Education with John R. Thelin, a faculty member at the University of Kentucky, where Trollinger earned his Ph.D. in educational policy studies.
In order to replace Trollinger, Roush has announced two internal promotions involving current staff, both Centre alumni, who have each served the College for over 20 years, both currently at the rank of associate vice president.
Shawn Lyons, current director of the “Third Century Campaign,” will become vice president for development and alumni engagement. Jamey Leahey, who serves as the College’s legal counsel and also oversees the Norton Center for the Arts, will become vice president for legal affairs and gift planning. Both will assume their new roles on Jan. 1, 2017.
Noting their combined 40-plus years of service, Roush says, “Centre is fortunate to have two such talented alumni who have devoted decades of service to their alma mater. I am confident they will carry on with great success the important and essential work of fundraising and stewardship for the College.”
In addition, effective Sept. 1, Roush has promoted Kay Drake to vice president for human resources and administrative services, an area she has overseen for more than 20 years.
Besides her human resources responsibilities, Drake provides leadership for payroll, property management, the campus post office, vending services, the college bookstore, laundry services and campus summer programs.
“Kay has served the College loyally for more than 20 years,” says Roush, “and the breadth of her responsibility and impact at Centre has grown in each of those years.”
by Michael Strysick
September 1, 2016