CENTRE COLLEGE DIRECTORY
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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.
Ravi Radhakrishnan joined Centre College in 2012 as Assistant Professor of Economics, and was named associate professor in 2018.
Prior to joining Centre College, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Washington and Lee University. His research interests lie in the area of economic growth and political economy. He teaches a variety of classes at Centre College including macroeconomic analysis, economic growth, international trade, and Money & Banking.
He received is Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech., and a bachelor’s and master’s in economics from Delhi University, India.
File last updated: 07/05/18
Mark Rasmussen is Charles J. Luellen Professor of English at Centre College, where he has taught since 1989.
His teaching responsibilities at the college encompass courses in medieval and Renaissance literature (including Chaucer, Arthurian literature, Spenser, and Shakespeare), literary criticism and theory, and the history of the English language, as well as the British literature survey and first-year humanities. He says that his greatest challenges, and greatest pleasures, as a teacher come from encouraging students to connect with the literature of earlier periods, and helping them to become better writers.
A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard, Rasmussen has published essays and given papers on a wide variety of medieval and Renaissance topics. His recent publications include “Shakespeare and the Critics: Rhetoric, Form, Aesthetics,” in The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare (2016), as well as a critical introduction, “Jill Mann’s Patience,” to Life in Words (2014), the collected essays of the distinguished medievalist Jill Mann, a volume that he edited. Rasmussen’s other edited collection, Renaissance Literature and Its Formal Engagements (2002), has had a lasting impact within its field, renewing attention to questions of form in English Renaissance literature. His current project is a study of poetic complaint from classical antiquity to the Renaissance.
Rasmussen has been a faculty leader, having served the College as director of writing, chair of the English program and the John C. Young Scholars committee, and having chaired the Committee on Curriculum and Academic Standards during a two-year process of curriculum reform. In 2001-02, 2005-06, and 2014-15 he directed Centre’s study abroad program in Strasbourg, France, and he served as co-director of the London program in spring 2009. From 2010 to 2013 he served a three-year term as chair of the Humanities Division. He has received the Kirk award for teaching excellence, twice been named a Centre Scholar, was awarded a Stodghill Research Professorship in 2009, and was named Charles J. Luellen Professor of English in 2012. He is also on the faculty of the Sewanee School of Letters.
In addition to his B.A. from Harvard, Rasmussen holds an M.A. from Harvard, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Johns Hopkins University, and he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
photo © Mary Stafford
File last updated: 10/12/16
EXPERT: Renaissance literature — Spenser and Chaucer — Shakespeare — History of language — Expository writing
Teaching responsibilities in British literature, medieval and Renaissance periods especially, including Chaucer, Arthurian literature, Spenser, and Shakespeare, as well as the history of the English language, literary theory, and general humanities courses. Special expertise in Chaucer, Arthurian literature, Shakespeare, and Renaissance literature. Published essays on a variety of medieval and Renaissance topics, as well as edited collection Renaissance Literature and Its Formal Engagements (2002). Most recent publication, chapter on “Complaints and Daphnaïda” in the Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser, forthcoming. Prior work experience in freelance writing and public relations.
Milton Reigelman retired in 2017 after serving many roles at Centre, including serving as Acting President (1997-98), but for more than thirty-five years has primarily been known as a professor of American literature and humanities at the College. At different times during this period he has also overseen admissions and financial aid, student life, development, planning, alumni affairs, the Norton Center for the Arts, and communications.
In 1988, the Louisville Courier-Journal named him one of the three “toughest professors” in Kentucky. At Centre he has won the Rookie of the Year award, the Eric Mount student appreciation award, and the David Hughes Outstanding Professor award two times; has twice chaired the division of humanities and been the Associate Dean; was named the N.E.H. Distinguished Professor of Humanities; and was elected president of Phi Beta Kappa. He has served as president of many local organizations, including the Boyle County Public Library, the Rotary Club, and Anaconda: the Danville Literary and Social Club, founded in 1839.
He lectured on American culture as the US government Senior Fulbright Professor at the University of Warsaw in Communist Poland for one year and Kiev University in the Ukraine for a half-year. He currently directs the College’s Center for Global Citizenship after directing the Centre abroad programs in Strasbourg and London several times. In this country he has been a Captain in Army Intelligence, worked for The Washington Post, studied at Yale and U.N.C. in N.E.H. seminars, and been Dean of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program for fourteen years. During 2007-2009 he coordinated a series of Energizing Kentucky conferences for Berea, Centre, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Louisville.
In 2007 he co-chaired the International Melville/Conrad Conference in Poland that featured 100 leading scholars from 22 countries. With his Polish co-editor Pawel Jedrzejko, he has recently published two books (Secret Sharers in 2011 and Hearts of Darkness in 2010) that bring together innovative Melville essays from scholars around the world. Earlier in his career he published The Midland: A Venture in Literary Regionalism and co-edited The Danville Quarterly. The subjects of his other publications include Henry James, Faulkner, T. S. Eliot, Emerson, George Eliot, Ed McClanahan, and John LeCarre.
Dr. Reigelman has a B.A. in philosophy from William & Mary, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He first did graduate work in English at Johns Hopkins University.
File last updated: 8/6/13
EXPERT: Governor’s Scholars Programs — Overseas programs at colleges and universities — Broad-based humanities programs — Herman Melville and Moby Dick
A widely experienced and much-honored professor of English and the humanities who has crossed over into top administrative posts in strategic planning, international study, and external affairs. Acting president during 1997-98. Twice a Fulbright lecturer abroad (the University of Warsaw in Poland and Kiev University
in the Ukraine). A year in France directing Centre’s residential overseas program in Strasbourg. Publisher
and co-founder of the Danville Quarterly from 1974-77.
Peggy Richey is Ewing T. Boles Professor of Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.
Richey’s primary area of research interest involves the identification of novel chemical inhibitors of bacteria. She has engaged her Centre students in collaborative research on several research projects. Richey also has actively encouraged her students to pursue off-campus research projects, helping them earn placements with short-term or summer projects at major university laboratories throughout the United States.
Richey has published her research in academic journals including Phytopathology, Journal of Bacteriology, and Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology.
A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kentucky, Richey also holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in plant pathology from UK.
File last updated:1/14/14
Biochemistry, physiology, and molecular biology of plant disease; the identification of novel chemical inhibitors of bacteria — Long-term research on the testing of chemicals for antibacterial activity against a range of bacteria — Undergraduate science education and research
Krista graduated from Centre in 1999 with a B.A. in history. She went on to complete a Masters of Public Administration at the University of Kentucky’s Martin School in 2005. Prior to returning to Centre, Krista spent eight years with The Council of State Governments in Lexington, Ky. As the National Leadership Center Coordinator at CSG, Krista managed a nationally renowned leadership development program for state government officials, the Toll Fellowship Program.
Andrew Roche joined Centre’s faculty in 2009. He is Paul L. Cantrell Associate Professor of Philosophy, has served as chair of the philosophy program, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2012. He taught previously at the University of Oklahoma and Wheaton College.
His areas of specialization include Kant (theoretical philosophy), early modern philosophy, and philosophy of mind.
Roche received a B.A. in philosophy and French from Amherst College, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University.
File last updated: 6/26/17
Bruce Rodenborn joined Centre as assistant professor of physics in 2014.
He received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Missouri, a B.S. and Ph.D. in physics from University of Texas at Austin. His current professional interests include fluid dynamics and nonlinear dynamics using experiments and numerical simulations.
Brian Rogers joined the Centre College faculty in 2016 as instructor of economics.
In addition to owning two businesses, his professional experience includes over 15 years in small business and international franchise development. He has worked both in the United States and internationally, developing best practices for small and medium businesses in developing countries. His research interests include fundamental analysis, balance sheet issues and international financial reporting.
Rogers earned a B.S. and an M.S. in accounting from the University of Kentucky.
Chris Ross is a Danville native and graduate of Danville High School. Chris retired from the United States Navy after a 20 year career. Chris also worked at Panasonic Corp. for 10 years. Chris joined the Department of Public Safety as an officer in August, 2018.
EXPERT: Leadership — Civic engagement — College and university administration — Katrina recovery efforts — Collegiate athletics — Civility (public and otherwise) — Higher education finance
President of Centre College since 1998. A veteran of administrative work at Centre, the University of Richmond, and Miami University. Former Academic All-America football player at Ohio University.
Interested in themes of student leadership, community service, and the scholar-athlete.
Andrew Ryan joined the staff of Centre College in 2017 as executive director of Information Technology Services and chief information officer. Ryan’s 32-year career in the United States Air Force included 25 years as an officer. He served throughout the United States and across the globe, with commissions in 10 states and five countries, including California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Oklahoma and Texas, as well as England, Japan, South Korea and Turkey. His international outlook is also informed by the eight years he spent as a child in his father’s hometown of Limerick, Ireland.
Ryan has been military deputy for the Defense Information Systems Agency operations center at Fort George Mead in Maryland. His appointment included leadership and management oversight to more than 3,700 military, government and contract personnel in 19 divisions located at 52 installations worldwide, funded by a $3.7 billion annual budget.
Before that, Ryan served as deputy chief for the Cyber Operations Division, as deputy group commander for the 5th Combat Communications Group, and as CEO and commander of the 51st Communications Squadron and the 31st Combat Communications Squadron. He also oversaw portal and applications development for the U.S. Special Operations Command.
Karen brought a wealth of international experience to the position when she came to Centre in 2018 as assistant director of the center for global citizenship and study abroad. She has visited, lived, and worked in over 50 countries. While in Asia, she organized and hosted large charity events for international vendors, managing the travel, documentation and accommodations of visitors from over a dozen foreign nations. During her time in Japan, Karen also helped to co-author a book on traditional Japanese clothing entitled Obi Ties East and West.
Often moving to a new location every two-years, Karen assisted in benchmarking the US Air Force’s Key Spouse program, advising and training representatives on multiple bases on how units should provide support to deployed and overseas members’ families. She played a key role in helping to manage the 9-11 crisis among these families.
In addition to her volunteer work within the Air Force community, Karen has worked as a teacher’s aide and substitute teacher at elementary, middle and secondary school levels in Florida and Louisiana.
Karen was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland, and has lived in Turkey, Japan, South Korea, England, and in California, Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia and Maryland. She is married to Centre College’s Executive Director Of Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer and has three children, two grandbabies and a dog named Deuce.