Centre’s mission is to prepare students for lives of learning, leadership, and service. These individuals represent the fulfillment of that mission.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Successful Centre College alumni describe their Centre Experience.
“A lawyer’s job is to ask tough questions and give persuasive answers. That is the essence of a Centre College liberal arts education: how to think hard, write well, and speak clearly.”
Benjamin Beaton ’03
J.D., Columbia University School Of Law • Attorney, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, D.C. • Major: Government • International Justice Mission Legal Fellow, Kampala, Uganda • Judicial Clerk, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“My professors were instrumental with respect to my professional development. I know that I would not be where I am today without the personal attention I received at Centre College.”
Shariya L. Terrell ’06
Ph.D., Harvard Medical School (2013) • Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University School of Medicine • Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
“Life abroad teaches you to be comfortable with the uncomfortable, which can be difficult at first, but then provides extraordinary opportunities for personal and professional growth.”
Parker Lawson ’15
Rotary Global Grant Scholar, University of Cambridge, England, 2016-17 (M.Phil., modern European history) • Fulbright Scholar, Spain, 2015-16 • Majors: International Studies and Spanish
“The faculty and staff at Centre supported my varied passions—music, the environment, foreign language, cultural exchange, and social justice—from day one. My Centre mentors helped me to unite these passions through interdisciplinary projects, internships, and now my Fulbright fellowship in Costa Rica.”
Jeri Howell ’16
Fulbright Scholar, Costa Rica • Majors: environmental studies, Spanish
“My master’s engineering program at Columbia is designed for students to concentrate their studies in methodological areas such as mathematical programming, stochastic models, and simulation. I liked it because it allowed me to apply both my scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills that I developed at Centre College.”
Jerry Yang ‘12
Consultant, EXL Services • M.S. in Operations Research (2013) • The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Research, Columbia University
“Through the Evidence for Policy Design program at Harvard, I will be working on projects that develop the capacity of policymakers to integrate data and research evidence into policy decision-making, with significant travel to India and Pakistan.”
Michael Fryar ’14
Research Fellow, Evidence For Policy Design Program, Harvard University Center For International Development • M.S., London School Of Economics, Rotary Global Grant Scholar • Study Abroad: Columbia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, And Queen’s University, Belfast, N. Ireland
Centre alumni have made a tremendous impact on the culture and history of our world.
2002: Associate Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law
Lula May Bruce
1903: Teacher of the deaf. She taught at several schools around the country and was principal ofKentucky School for the Deaf. After World War I, she taught deafened soldiers.
1973: Rhodes Scholar; General Counsel for General Electric; former president of Kentucky State University; the first African-American to compete in the Oxford v. Cambridge rugby match
Mary Ashby Cheek
1909: President of Rockford (Ill.) College and dean at Mount Holyoke College.
Leila S. McKee
1883: One of first two women to receive a degree from Centre College, by a special act of the Centre trustees. President of Western College for Women, Oxford, Ohio.
Ruby King Napier
1955: 1994 winner of a $25,000 Milkin Award for work as principal at a Perry County (Ky.) elementary school.
Mina Rea Jones Perlow
1931: Chemist for the physics division of the Argonne National Laboratory at the University of Chicago. In 1960, she was consultant for the British Atomic Energy Commission.
1978: 14th president of Monmouth College; Fulbright fellow to Vietnam in 2012; author of Paper Soldiers: The American Press and the Vietnam War; co-chair of Centre’s 2000 and 2012 Vice Presidential Debates
Stephen Rolfe Powell
1974: internationally acclaimed glass blower and art professor
Second baseman for the Cleveland Indians and defensive end for the Rochester Jeffersons
1920: legendary basketball coach of Western Kentucky University, member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
2013: punter and kickoff specialist for the Buffalo Bills
1949: voice of the University of Kentucky Wildcats for 30 years
Alvin Nugent “Bo” McMillin
1922: three-time All-American quarterback; member of the College Football Hall of Fame; head football coach of Indiana University, Detroit Lions, and Philadelphia Eagles
1920: tackle for the Chicago Cardinals; boxer
Blocking back for the New York Giants
1922: NFL player; head football coach of Waynesburg University
1919: three-time NFL champion with the Canton Bulldogs
1921: NFL wingback with the Toledo Maroons, Cleveland Indians, and Cleveland Bulldogs
1986 (transferred after one year): kicker for the Dallas Cowboys
1925: Insurance executive, civic leader, and Nebraska State Tennis Champion (1920-27)
Eliza Caldwell Hardy
1932: Pediatrician and physician for the Pelham (N.Y.) city schools.
1970: founder of the Hard Rock Cafe and the House of Blues
Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle, Sr.
1893: owner of the Stitzel Weller distillery and the eponym for Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve
Joshua Fry Bell
1828: first Centre alumnus to serve in Congress
John C. Breckinridge
1838: Vice President of U.S. under James Buchanan
John Y. Brown, Sr.
U.S. Congressman for Kentucky; lawyer; first sponsor of sales tax and civil rights legislation in the Kentucky House of Representatives; and father of John Young Brown, Jr.
John Sherman Cooper
1922: U.S. Senator (R), U.S. Ambassador to India, Nepal, and the German Democratic Republic; Centre College trustee emeritus
1867: 23rd governor of Indiana
1957: Army Program Executive Officer for Air and Missile Defense at Huntsville, Ala., where she managed the Patriot missile project.
1889: 38th governor of Kentucky; grandfather of famous LSD chemist Owsley Stanley
Adlai E. Stevenson
1859: U.S. Vice President under Grover Cleveland and U.S. Congressman for Illinois
John T. Stuart
1826: U.S. Congressman; lawyer; law partner of Abraham Lincoln
Gu, Prince Imperial Hoeun
1952: Prince Imperial of Korea, grandson of Emperor Gojong
General Joseph Holt
1824: United States Commissioner of Patents, United States Postmaster General, United States Secretary of War and Judge Advocate General of the United States Army; leading judge in the trials of the Abraham Lincoln assassination
John Christian Bullitt
1849: powerful attorney in Philadelphia; drafted the city’s charter and founded the law firm of Drinker, Biddle & Reath
Justice John Marshall Harlan
1850: Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court for 34 years; cast the lone dissenting vote in Plessy v. Ferguson
1943: United States federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit 1972-2016
Andrew Phelps McCormick
1854: United States federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 1892-1916
Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson
1909, Law 1911: Chief Justice of the United States from 1946 to 1953; Secretary of the Treasury under Harry S. Truman; and U.S. Congressman for Kentucky