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.



Erin Wachter

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Assistant Professor of Chemistry Centre College Work Cooper Hall – 010 Work Phone: 859.238.5875

Erin Wachter joined the Centre College faculty in 2016 as visiting assistant professor of chemistry, and was named assistant professor of chemistry in 2018.

Wachter earned a B.S. in chemistry from Saint Vincent College, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Kentucky.



EXPERT: Ruthenium and Spectroscopy for DNA Sensing

Ruthenium polypyridyl complexes have many different properties that can be exploited. The ligands that bind to the ruthenium can be easily modified, the complexes absorb visible light, can be luminescent, and can bind DNA in different ways. I am specifically interested in studying the spectroscopic properties of ruthenium polypyridyl complexes as the environment around them changes, specifically when in the presence of DNA.

John C. Ward

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Vice President Emeritus • Professor Emeritus of English Emeritus Faculty

John Ward is vice president emeritus and professor emeritus of English. Ward retired in 2006 after 16 years at Centre. He previously had taught at Kenyon College for 20 years, where he chaired the English department. He twice served as director of the Kenyon-Exeter program and each time was a visiting lecturer at the University of Exeter.

Ward taught and wrote about poetry, literary biography, and literary criticism. He took an active role in professional development on a regional and national level, serving as president of the Midwest Modern Language Association. He also was assistant editor of the Kenyon Review and a reader for the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association.

As Centre’s vice president for academic affairs, Ward was an active leader in issues that affect the quality of educational experience available to Centre students. He encouraged expansion of options for overseas study options, worked to clarify state regulations for teacher education programs, and pursued better understanding of factors affecting student retention.

Ward received his B.A. from Amherst College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia.


File last updated: 5/2/13

Maryanne Cavanagh Ward

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Professor Emerita of English Emeritus Faculty

Maryanne Ward joined Centre College in 1991 and retired in 2006. She came to Centre from Kenyon College where she served as Chair of the Humanities program and Academic Dean.

Ward regularly taught Romantic and Victorian literature, Humanities, and the British Literature survey. She served as chair of both the Humanities and the English programs.

Ward has had articles published in The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, the Victorian Periodicals Review, the Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin, HIKA, and Perspectives on Contemporary Literature. Her most recent articles are on the structure of nineteenth-century fiction, Mary Shelley, and Charlotte Bronte. Her research interests include the Gothic and the use of setting in the nineteenth-century novel.

Ward holds a B.A. from Marymount Manhattan College, M.A. degrees in English and Russian from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University.


File last updated: 5/2/13

Jessie Weasner

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Director of Community Service and the Bonner Program Student Life Work Campus Center Work Phone: 859.238.8752

Jessie joined the student life staff in October of 2018.  She oversees community service programming and the Bonner Scholar and Leader programs.  Jessie earned her undergraduate degrees in religious studies and sociology from Bowling Green State University and her master of theological studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School.  She is currently a doctoral candidate in Miami University’s Student Affairs in Higher Education program.  Her dissertation focuses on civic education and explores how colleges and universities prepare students to be active and informed citizens in our democracy.

Jessie is an AmeriCorps VISTA alum and is originally from Bloomville, Ohio.

Robert Weaver

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Emeritus Faculty

Weisiger Theatre Box Office

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Work Norton Center for the Arts 300 South College Street Danville KY 40422 Work Phone: 859.236.4692

Welcome Centre

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Work Old Centre 625 West Walnut Street Danville KY 40422 Work Phone: 859.238.5228

Candace Wentz

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Assistant Director of CTL • Instructional Technology and Design Coordinator Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Work Crounse Hall—102 Work Phone: 859.238.5750 Website: CTL

Candace joined the staff of Centre College in 2001 and holds a Master of Education in Career and Technology Education and a Bachelor in Art and Communications, Bowling Green State University.

Candace helps to support the college’s instructional technology environment. She works with faculty to integrate media projects into Centre courses, provides workshops for the campus community, and develops study skill opportunities for students. Candace is the initial point of contact for faculty in the use of clickers and mobile devices. She also supports the user-end and troubleshooting of the Moodle course environment. She provides support, training, consulting, and assistance to members of the College’s faculty, staff and students.

Candace previously taught the Educational Technology (EDU 226) course at Centre and has taught at Georgetown College and Bluegrass Community Technical College. Her areas of specialization include educational technology, multimedia, image editing, and to provide training and support to the Centre College faculty, students and staff.


Brett Werner

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Associate Professor of Environmental Studies • Chair of the Environmental Studies Program Environmental Studies Work Crounse Hall—318 Work Phone: 859.238.6502

Brett Werner returned to Centre in 2013 as assistant professor of Environmental Studies after spending two years at Centre as an Associated Colleges of the South/Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Environmental Studies from 2009-2011. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2017. He was named associate professor in 2018.

Werner teaches widely in Environmental Studies, including the core Introductory and Senior Seminar courses, along with disciplinary courses in Environmental Policy and Environmental Ethics. His topical courses include Thailand, Aquaculture, and the Environment; Rivers and Adaptive Ecosystem Management; and the Human Dimensions of Climate Change. Since 2014, Werner and his colleagues have received two grants from the Henry Luce Initiative for Asian Studies and the Environment totaling $450,000 to develop a number of learning experiences that scaffold High Impact Practices, from language and culture to study abroad and research and internships abroad.

Werner’s research addresses a number of emerging environmental issues, including the effects of climate change on prairie wetlands, wetland and grassland restoration, floodplain forests, and most recently the interplay of science and policy on the topic of wetland conservation and agricultural drainage. His research has been funded by a number of federal agencies, and he has published in BioScience, Climatic Change, and the Journal of the American Water Resources Association. His current research project investigates human relationships with rivers, streams, and water.

He received a B.A. from Saint Olaf College in mathematics and models of the environment, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in rhetoric and scientific & technical communications from the University of Minnesota.


File last updated: 07/05/18

Jan Wertz

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Professor of Psychology Psychology Work Young Hall—210 Work Phone: 859.238.5334

Jan Wertz is professor of psychology. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2007. In 2005, and again in 2015, she received the Kirk Award for excellence in teaching. Her primary interest is how stress and coping are related to burnout.

Prior to coming to Centre, she was assistant professor of psychology at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Wertz has a Ph.D. and an M.S. from the University of Kentucky. She holds two B.S. degrees from Montana State University and the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology. She had a pre-doctoral internship at a VA hospital in Tacoma, Wash., performing neuropsychological evaluations, working with Alzheimer’s patients, and assisting homeless veterans gain housing and employment.


File last updated: 7/15/19

Crystal Wesley

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Acquisitions and Budget Coordinator Crounse Hall, Grace Doherty Library Work Phone: 859.238.5273

Dale Wheeler

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Public Safety Officer Centre CollegePublic Safety Work Phone: 859.236.4357

Dale Wheeler is a graduate of Danville High School.  He joined Centre College’s Department of Public Safety as an officer in 2014.  Prior to working at Centre, Dale worked for 20 years at Grogan’s Healthcare Supply in Lexington, Ky.


Julie Wheeler

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Coordinator of Residence Life Centre CollegeStudent Life Work Phone: 859.238.5477

Julie Wheeler joined Centre’s staff in 2014 as a DPS officer. In 2019, she moved to her current position as coordinator of residence life. She served as staff congress president for the 2019-20 academic year.

Before coming to Centre, Julie served as a paramedic and emergency services manager in central Kentucky and abroad. She also worked as a substitute teacher and instructional assistant for Danville Independent Schools.

Julie received a B.S. in psychology from Eastern Kentucky University.


Brent White

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Matton Professor of Psychology, Emeritus Emeritus Faculty Work Phone: 859.238.5329

Brent White is professor emeritus of psychology at Centre College, where he has held the Matton Professorship since 1996. A member of the Centre faculty since 1971, he has chaired the psychology program, the psychobiology program, and the division of sciences and mathematics.

White has particular expertise in physiological psychology and animal behavior, and he has developed a strong working relationship with the Louisville Zoo. The zoo has one of the world’s most successful captive populations of breeding woolly monkeys, and White has received several grants that have funded in-depth observation and research with the colony. He has contributed to the understanding of stress, reproduction, and longevity of these monkeys in captivity.

At the zoo’s request, White serves on its research committee and continues to pursue field studies among the animals there. On a national scale, White is president and a founding director of the Woolly Monkey Foundation that seeks to understand and protect woolly monkeys, which are classified as a vulnerable species.

On the Centre campus, White is a dedicated and thorough teacher. He took a leadership role in establishing a sophisticated electronic laboratory designed to accommodate a full class of students for integration of the classroom and laboratory experience in psychology. The electronic classroom is especially well equipped to promote collaborative scientific research between students and faculty in animal behavior and psychopharmacology.

White has published research in refereed journals including Science, Primates and Pharmacology, Biochemistry, & Behavior.

White holds a B.A. from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.


File last updated: 7/8/13

Philip White

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Professor of English English Work Crounse Hall—445 Work Phone: 859.238.5262

Philip White joined the Centre College faculty in 1999. He is a professor of English, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2007. He had previously taught at Brigham Young University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

White’s interests have focused on Shakespeare and poetry, including poetry translation. He has published critical and scholarly work in both fields. He has won a Pushcart Prize for poetry and a Willis Barnstone Prize for poetry translation. His book of poems, The Clearing, won the 2007 Walt Macdonald award. His poems have also appeared or are forthcoming in The New Republic, Slate, Poetry, The Yale Review, Ploughshares, Literary Imagination, Agni, New England Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere.

White holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


File last updated: 8/27/15


EXPERT: Shakespeare — Poetry

Scholarly articles published in Hellas, Twentieth Century Literature and Tudor England: An Encyclopedia. Poetry published in Antioch Review, New England Review, and elsewhere.

Roberta White

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Professor Emerita of English Emeritus Faculty Work Phone: 859.238.5268

Roberta White is professor emerita of English at Centre College. She began teaching at the College in 1967.

White regularly teaches courses on modern British literature, Irish literature, Virginia Woolf, Milton, and 17th-century poetry, as well as British literature surveys. She has held administrative posts including chair of the English program, chair of the humanities division, and director of the writer-in-residence program.

An exceptional teacher, White has been honored at Centre with designation to the Luellen Professorship and induction as an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa. At the ceremony for the latter award, White was described as a person marked by “enthusiasm for literature, high critical standards, and skillful teaching.”

White has published articles on several modern and contemporary writers, including John Berryman, Margaret Atwood, Iris Murdoch, Jane Kenyon, and others. She has also presented papers at two international Milton conferences. White contributed to Mother Puzzles, an anthology published by Greenwood Press. White is working on a book on portraits of the artist in novels by women.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Albion College, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and a doctorate from Stanford.


File last updated: 7/8/13

Lesley Wiglesworth

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Associate Professor of Mathematics • Chair of the Mathematics Program Mathematics Work Wiseman—103 Work Phone: 859.238.5917

Lesley Wiglesworth joined Centre’s faculty in 2008. She is associate professor of mathematics and was named a Centre Scholar in 2012.

Her research interests are in discrete mathematics and more specifically combinatorics and graph theory. She enjoys studying visibility graphs, a type of graph with applications to circuit layout design. Most recently, Wiglesworth worked on a problem involving the game-acquisition number of graphs with a student at Centre.

She graduated magna cum laude from Transylvania University with a B.A. in mathematics. She earned her M.A. in mathematics and Ph.D. in applied and industrial mathematics from the University of Louisville.


File last updated: 5/2/13

Lisa Williams

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Paul L. Cantrell Professor of English • Director of Creative Writing Program English, Creative Writing Work Crounse Hall—322 Home Phone: 859.238.5257

Lisa Williams is Paul L. Cantrell Professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at Centre College, where she has taught since 2001.

Williams has published three books of poems: Gazelle in the House (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2014), Woman Reading to the Sea (2008), and The Hammered Dulcimer (1998). Since 2015, she has served as Series Editor for The University Press of Kentucky New Poetry and Prose Series. Williams has been a recipient of the Rome Prize, the Barnard Women Poets Prize, the May Swenson Poetry Award, and an Al Smith Individual Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council. Her poems have been featured in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Orion, The New Republic, Best American Poetry 2009, and on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, as well as other anthologies and magazines. Her essay-reviews of contemporary poets have appeared on The, on Poetry Daily, in The Cincinnati Review, Orion, and The Hollins Critic. Originally from Nashville Tennessee, Williams received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Virginia, and her M.A. from the University of Cincinnati.


File last updated: 09/7/16

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