After 15 years of service in a variety of roles at his alma mater, Patrick Noltemeyer will be leaving Centre College for a new opportunity as chief of staff to the president at Elon University in North Carolina, effective March 1.
Noltemeyer currently serves as Centre’s chief planning officer and special assistant to the president for institutional research and special events. Previously, he held a variety of roles, including director of Greek life; director of volunteer service and Bonner Program coordinator; and associate dean of students and director of community service.
Centre President John Roush described Noltemeyer as a consummate professional whose talents have been influential across campus in a variety of ways.
“Patrick’s impact at Centre has been both widespread and significant,” Roush said. “Early on he made meaningful contributions in student life, and more recently he has undertaken important work to help celebrate our past and chart the College’s future.”
These accomplishments include co-chairing the Bicentennial Committee to recognize the anniversary of Centre’s two centuries of service in 2019, as well as co-chairing the recent Campus Master Plan effort.
Earlier, Noltemeyer worked closely with former Dean of the College Stephanie Fabritius on the multiyear reaffirmation of accreditation process through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Before that, he was involved in planning and execution of the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate, responsible for educational and community outreach.
He has been active in a variety of volunteer leadership roles in the Danville and Boyle County communities as well, ranging from the Heart of Kentucky United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Wilderness Trace Child Development Center. For his many civic contributions, the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce recognized Noltemeyer with its 2018 Rising Star Award.
Noltemeyer sees his departure as bittersweet.
“Centre has been much more than a job for me,” he said. “I have called the campus and Danville community home for nearly 20 years, since first arriving as a student in 1997. My family and I leave with sincere gratitude for all the opportunities we’ve enjoyed, not to mention our many important friendships.”
After graduating from Centre in 2001 with a B.S. degree in psychology, Noltemeyer then spent two years working in successive positions at the University of Kentucky and Georgetown College as a residence hall director. He returned to Centre in 2003, where he has served ever since.
Along the way, he pursued graduate studies, earning an M.A. degree in education from the University of Kentucky in 2004 and his Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Louisville in 2014.
At Elon, Noltemeyer will support the work of Connie Ledoux Book, who took office as Elon’s ninth president on March 1, 2018.
His wife, Megan, the academic enrichment specialist in Centre’s Office of Academic Affairs, and their two sons, Jackson and Marshall, will join him.
Noltemeyer’s last day at Centre will be February 15.
by Michael Strysick
January 18, 2019