The Centre College Board of Trustees met on campus April 12-13 for its annual spring meeting. During the meeting, College officials reported record numbers of applicants, additions to the curriculum and other College business.
Bob Nesmith, dean of admission and student financial planning, reported that applications thus far total more than 2,500, a seven percent increase over last year’s record result. Admissions counselors are maintaining busy and varied travel schedules, including a trip with the Colleges That Change Lives consortium to eight cities in China, Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam. Counselors are also attending college fairs across Kentucky, the Midwest, South and eastern United States.
Stephanie Fabritius, Centre’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, reported that 287 students are expected to graduate at this year’s commencement ceremony, making the Class of 2012 Centre’s largest graduating class. The College will webcast the event. She also told the Board that new minors in film studies, Asian studies, African and African American studies, and European studies have been added since the January board meeting. The latter three minors are direct results of Centre’s grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which allows the College to promote the exploration of interdisciplinary study options in the area of global citizenship.
Fabritius also reported that Centre’s most popular international study options are programs in Strasbourg, France, and London, and that students are enthusiastic about next year’s CentreTerm trips, which include travels to Barbados, Borneo, France, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Mexico and the Netherlands.
The Board voted to grant Emerita status for Jane Joyce, Charles J. Luellen Professor of Classics, who will retire at the end of spring term 2012. During the October meeting, the Board voted to grant Emeritus status for Vince DiMartino, W. George Matton Professor of Music, who will also retire this spring.
Richard Trollinger, vice president for college relations, reported that in the area of fundraising, the number of Centre Associates—Centre’s leadership gift club—currently totals 943, while the Colonels Club—Centre’s original annual giving recognition society—totals 2,730 members. He also reported that the third annual GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) event, which connects students with recent alumni for professional networking, along with a mocktail hour hosted by Reynolds & Reynolds, took place April 11. Thirty alumni and sixty students participated in the event.
The Board voted to approve the Dean Ray Tilley Memorial Scholarship, established in his memory by the Board of Trustees from the proceeds of the Paul R. Tilley Trust. The scholarship will be awarded to deserving Centre students.
The Board also approved the Thomas Walker Bullitt Scholarship Fund, established by a gift from Lowry R. Watkins, Jr. The scholarship will be awarded to worthy fulltime Centre students who are Kentucky natives and residents of Jefferson or Bullitt counties and have achieved a high school grade point average of 3.5 or better, received a composite score of 32 or higher on the ACT or an equivalent score on the SAT, with preference given to male students.
Randy Hays, vice president and dean of student life, reported that Centre continues to be a lively and busy campus, with members of the College community participating in a wide variety of activities. Hays reported that a large group of students and six staff members participated in Alternative Spring Break, partnering with Community Collaborations International to serve communities around Tuscaloosa, Ala., Destin, Fla. and Sky Meadows State Park in Virginia. Demonstrating students’ widespread commitment to service, more than 80 students will participate in the sixth annual St. Baldrick’s Day festival on April 27, during which participants will raise money in support of cancer research by collecting pledges to shave their heads. Additionally, the Bonner Scholars—a group of students on campus who impact the local community through service and advocacy—planted 21 new trees on St. Mildred’s Court, adjacent to campus, to replace trees destroyed by a 2009 ice storm.
Hays also reported that the College’s Department of Public Safety gave the emergency mass notification system a positive evaluation after utilizing the system during recent bad weather in the area.
In other College business, the Board approved the budget for fiscal year 2012-2013.
During this meeting of the Board, six trustees were re-elected to serve a six-year term, which will begin July 1, 2012 and run through June 30, 2018. Those trustees include Anita M. Britton ’76, Sheila A. Burks ’75, Joanne Kirk Duncan ’71, Mary H. Griffith ’68, Kenneth J. Mardick ’66 and Angie M. McDonald-Hackett ’91.
In addition, officers of the Board who were elected for the 2012-2013 year include Robert T. Brockman ’63, chairman; Randal B. Kell ’69, vice chairman; James D. Rouse ’62, secretary; John A. Roush, president of the College; and Yvonne York Morley, assistant secretary.
The next meeting of the Centre College Board of Trustees will take place Oct. 18–19 on campus.