Candidates are now being sought to serve as the 21st president of Centre College, succeeding current President John A. Roush, who is set to retire on June 30, 2020, after 22 years of leadership. The full position and candidate specification is available on the Centre College website (click here).
In addition to the nationwide search being conducted by Spencer Stuart, the College’s search consultant, the Presidential Search Committee also encourages nominations from the Centre community, which can be sent directly to Spencer Stuart at CentrePresident@SpencerStuart.com.
The position specification was developed through a full and thorough involvement of the entire Centre community. In addition to several days of campus listening sessions conducted by members of the Spencer Stuart team with students, faculty, and staff, a subsequent online survey was made available and also shared with alumni and current parents of Centre students.
Several themes emerged from these efforts.
Foremost, Centre’s distinctiveness was characterized by its quality teaching, close student-faculty relationships and commitment to academic excellence. This helps provide an education with both depth and breadth.
Complementing a kind, intimate, residential community that has a family atmosphere is a culture marked by integrity, mutual responsibility and hard work. Intense institutional loyalty was also identified as a hallmark.
As for characteristics sought in the next president, community members identified wanting an ardent believer in the liberal arts with intellectual curiosity. They also seek a strategic leader and team builder able to preserve and expand Centre’s market position through effective communication, cultural and intellectual leadership, and successful public interaction with multiple and diverse constituencies.
Other desired qualities in Centre’s next president include being culturally facile, collaborative, creative and visionary.
According to Presidential Search Committee Chair Mark Nunnelly, who also leads the Centre College Board of Trustees, a list of qualified candidates will be identified in October as part of the effort’s overall timeline. From there, interviews will be conducted during the months of November and December, with the goal of announcing the new president mid-winter to early spring.
Complete information about the Centre College presidential search process, along with news updates, is available here.
by Michael Strysick
September 27, 2019