Academic Program at Centre College
Eric Mount is professor emeritus of religion at Centre College, where he began teaching in 1966. In 1996 he became the holder of Centre’s first endowed professorship in religion—the Nelson D. and Mary McDowell Rodes Professorship. He retired from the active faculty in June 2002.
Mount taught courses on topics such as ethics and health care, business ethics, religion and contemporary literature, and contemporary theology. He also served as dean of students, college chaplain, and vice president of the college at various times during his career at Centre. Twice he and his wife Truly, who taught French part-time for 20 years at Centre, directed the College’s program in Strasbourg, France.
A scholar in the field of ethics, Mount is the author of four books: Conscience and Responsibility (John Knox Press 1964 – paperback 1971), The Feminine Factor (John Knox Press 1973), and Professional Ethics in Context: Institutions, Images, and Empathy (Westminster/John Knox 1990), Covenant, Community, and the Common Good (Pilgrim, 1999).
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mount was the secretary of the petitioning group that was awarded Centre’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1971.
Along with his teaching, Mount organized a community ethics discussion group that was held once a month for members of the Danville and Centre communities. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister and has been active for more than 20 years in the the local church, in the Presbytery of Transylvania, and at the General Assembly level. He has also been active in civil rights and race relations in Central Kentucky and received the 1985 John E. Haycraft Award from the NAACP for outstanding contributions to civil rights. Past chair of the Boyle County Human Rights Commission, United Way, and other civic organizations, he currently serves on the Institutional Review Board of Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, two Centre review boards, the Heritage Hospice Ethics Committee, and the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency Board, among others.
Mount holds a bachelor of arts degree with distinction from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College), a bachelor of divinity degree with honors from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, a master’s degree in sacred theology from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Duke University.
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