Dr. Patrick Noltemeyer ’01 has been appointed to serve as the chief planning officer at Centre College, a title he assumes in addition to his current role as special assistant to the president for institutional research and special events. He began his duties as chief planning officer in April 2015.
In this role, Noltemeyer succeeds Clarence Wyatt ’78, who concluded four decades of service to Centre when he was selected president of Monmouth College in Illinois last summer.
Noltemeyer, like Wyatt, continues a legacy that began as a student at the College and follows a path of institutional leadership and service.
“During my time as a student at Centre, I truly feel that I ‘learned how to learn,’ a skill that has helped me in every aspect of life, both personally and professionally,” he said.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Noltemeyer earned a B.S. degree at Centre with a major in psychology, followed by an M.A. degree in education from the University of Kentucky in 2004. He went on to receive his doctorate in higher education, graduating from the University of Louisville in December 2014. His graduate work focused on higher education administration and student personnel.
“This further study has helped me better understand the complexities of today’s higher education environment, including the importance and challenge of Centre continuing to be a place of opportunity for students from all walks of life,” Noltemeyer said.
President John A. Roush said both Noltemeyer’s academic and professional backgrounds have prepared him well to accept the new assignment as chief planning officer.
“At Centre, the strategic planning process and written plan serves to provide leadership for the institution, so this role is of primary value,” Roush explained. “Patrick will be taking over the planning process as we move into the ‘implementation’ stage of our strategic plan—it is an excellent time for him to assume this new responsibility.”
Noltemeyer recognizes he is beginning in this role at an important moment in the College’s history, an appointment he greets assuredly.
“As a student of higher education, I am very excited and humbled to coordinate the College’s strategic plan efforts as we prepare for a third century of service,” Noltemeyer said.
“Trustees, faculty, staff and students have all contributed to the development of the strategic plan, and its vision for the future of the College is bright,” he continued. “Working to fulfill this vision will take significant support from all of these groups, as well as our loyal alumni and friends in the coming years, but Centre always rises to the challenge.”
Noltemeyer also stresses the importance of the College continuing to be a place of opportunity, creating experiences in and out of the classroom through which students will develop skills to change the world for the better through their work and service.
Drawing from his own experiences, he recognizes the impact this opportunity provides, saying his own undergraduate experience at Centre was “transformative” and ultimately provided a career pathway lined with leadership and service to the College.
After graduating from Centre, Noltemeyer began his career at the University of Kentucky, serving for one year as a residence hall director, followed by a similar role at Georgetown College. He returned to Centre in 2003, first as director of Greek life, and then director of volunteer service and coordinator of the Bonner Program. He was promoted in 2008 to associate dean of students and director of community service and the Bonner Program. He assumed the role of special assistant to the president for institutional research and special events in 2013.
As a student and staff member, Noltemeyer also was involved in both the 2000 and 2012 vice presidential debates hosted by Centre. During the latter, he was a member of the Vice Presidential Debate Steering Committee, serving as director of educational and community outreach.
Beyond Centre’s campus, Noltemeyer’s service extends to work within the community, including volunteer roles with Centro Latino, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, and Clark’s Run Environmental and Educational Cooperative. He has also been active with the Heart of Kentucky United Way.
Noltemeyer and his wife, Megan, who serves as the academic affairs fellow in the office of the dean, live in Danville with their two sons, Jackson and Marshall.
by Amy Wise
May 13, 2015