CENTRE COLLEGE DIRECTORY
Use the directory below to find information on faculty, staff, and offices on campus.
The main telephone number for Centre College is 859.238.5200. Calls to this number will be routed to the appropriate extension. In an after-hours emergency, call 859.236.4357.
Bringing to Centre more than 23 years of campus dining experience, Nagorka has worked with a variety of colleges and universities, including Lipscomb University, University of North Carolina-Pembroke, and Bennett College. He has a B.A. in business administration and environmental science from North Carolina Wesleyan College.
“I’ve been here, off and on, over the past year as an interim general manager and have always been greeted warmly by the leadership and all of the faculty and staff at Centre,” Nagorka says. “We have a great dining service team here that wants to be very successful, and I look forward to leading that team.”
Nagorka will oversee the management of all the dining service options available at Centre, which include Cowan Dining Commons and The Everyday Café in the Campus Center and The Hall of Fame Café located on the second floor of the Sutcliffe Hall athletic and recreation facility.
Says Randy Hays, vice president and dean of student life: “We’re excited to have Mike join our team. His leadership here on an interim basis has been excellent, and I look forward to watching his plans become reality as he assumes the mantle of general manager. Mike’s enthusiasm and ideas for programming and involving our students will serve him well in this highly residential campus environment.”
In addition to being open to students, faculty and staff members, Centre’s dining options are enjoyed by many members of the larger Danville-Boyle County community, affording students the opportunity to mix and mingle with a variety of individuals and families.
Jason Neiser is an associate professor of physics, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2014. He joined the Centre faculty in 2006.
Neiser’s current research interests involve the design and construction of fiber lasers that are capable of producing pulses with a duration on the order of femtoseconds. Being built entirely from fiber, these lasers are typically more compact, more robust, and less expensive than alternative systems, while still delivering excellent beam quality and efficiency.
Neiser graduated summa cum laude from Centre College with degrees in physics and mathematics and earned a Ph.D. from The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.
To read about Neiser’s 2010 summer optics research in New York, click here.
File last updated: 5/2/13
Dotsie Nelms retired as professor of mathematics at Centre, where she taught since 1969. Her teaching responsibilities included calculus, problem solving and complex variables. Nelms’ skill and commitment as a teacher was honored with Centre’s David Hughes Award for excellence in teaching.
Nelms is a member of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America, and before coming to Centre, she taught mathematics at the high school level and worked as a systems service representative with IBM.
Nelms holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Randolph-Macon College, a master’s in teaching from Vanderbilt University and master’s and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Alabama.
Ben joined the Centre Human Resources office as the human resources generalist and training coordinator in July of 2012. Ben works part-time to help the human resources department with staff professional leadership development and staff employee satisfaction. In 2019, he received the Presidential Award for Excellence.
Before coming to Centre Ben worked with leaders from many profit and not-for-profit organizations throughout North America. He personally instructed and coached over 2,600 individuals in 35 states in the USA and across Canada.
Ben provides organizational consulting services and tools that help leaders, cultures, and processes achieve results in for some of the best places to work. He is former corporate vice president of organizational development and training for Alliance Data in Texas and was responsible for the organization’s human capital strategy in the company’s corporate strategic planning group. He also led efforts that resulted in Alliance Data being recognized as a “Best Place to Work” across the nation. Ben’s work has garnered national awards and recognition while appearing in numerous publications and media. He is the newly elected secretary/treasurer of the Economic Development Partnership. He was the 2012 Outstanding Citizen for Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce and is a past Chair of the Chamber and CASA at Woodlawn.
Ben graduated from Transylvania University.
He and his wife Julie own Maple Tree Gallery in downtown Danville, Kentucky.
Mackenzie, a native of Lexington, Kentucky, graduated from Centre in 2017 with a B.A. in Art History. Although she joined Centre’s staff following graduation, she is no new face to the Alumni House. As a student, she was a member of Student Advancement Board and Phonathon for two years, on top of having a student internship with Alumni Development her senior year. In her spare time Mackenzie enjoys time with her puppy, cooking and doing yoga.
Gina Nicoletti joined the Centre athletic staff in 1993. She has been the senior woman administrator since 1999 and the assistant athletic director since 2003. Nicoletti is the liaison to the director of athletics for 23 varsity sports as well as the NCAA Compliance Officer, director of the Buck Fitness Center and awards coordinater.
Nicoletti coached women’s soccer for 11 years, in which she mentored numerous all-conference and all-region players, as well as two conference players of the year. She was the first coach of women’s soccer to break into the top 10 South Region Rankings.
Gracie is a 2017 Centre graduate from Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in English. As a student life coordinator, Gracie co-advises the Student Government Association, manages the Campus Center reservation system, assists in campus activities programming, and supervises the Campus Center student staff. While a student Centre, Gracie served as the Panhellenic Council President, was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France.
Marie Nydam joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as an assistant professor of biology. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2016.
Nydam has a B.S. in evolution and ecology from the University of California, Davis. She earned a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Cornell University and completed a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Nydam studies phylogenetic relationships, speciation, and self/non-self recognition. She studies marine invertebrates in the English Channel and the Mediterranean Sea. She enjoys mentoring research students who are interested in evolutionary biology, genetics, and molecular biology techniques.
Nydam teaches Evolution, Biodiversity, Ecology (BIO 110), Introduction to Genetics (BIO210), Evolutionary Biology (BIO305), and Invertebrate Biology (BIO310).
File last updated: 5/2/13
Endre Nyerges joined the Centre College faculty in 1997 as a visiting professor, having previously taught at the University of Kentucky. He was named associate professor of anthropology the following year and became professor of anthropology in 2007. He has chaired Anthropology/Sociology and Environmental Studies and is an active member of both major programs.
A veteran of ethnological and ecological field research in Iran and Sierra Leone, Nyerges has edited two volumes of scholarly work in anthropology and has published extensively in scholarly books and journals. His current research concerns the remote sensing of environmental change in West African Guinea savanna.
Nyerges holds a B.A. from Earlham College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
File last updated: 10/20/14
Cultural anthropology — Food production in Africa
Editor of The Ecology of Practice: Studies of Food Crop Production in Sub-Saharan West Africa (Gordon and Breach, 1998), part of a series. Research on ethnography and ecology in Africa and the Middle East.