Our New President
Milton C. Moreland is the 21st President of Centre College. A native of Boise, Idaho, he earned his undergraduate degree in history with honors from the University of Memphis, where his mentor, Dr. Marcus Orr, introduced him to the joy of studying ancient texts, languages, and artifacts. Moreland wrote his honors thesis on the Nag Hammadi Library, a set of early Christian texts discovered in Egypt in 1945. He continued his study of archaeology, ancient history, and religion at the Claremont Graduate University in California, where he earned his MA and Ph.D. degrees.
His scholarly work appears in leading journals and focuses on Roman archaeology and religious traditions in the Mediterranean region. Moreland has also edited several books, including Between Text and Artifact: Integrating Archaeology into Biblical Studies Teaching.
Prior to joining the Centre community this year, Moreland served for 6 years as the Provost and chief academic officer at Rhodes College. He first joined the Rhodes campus community in 2003 and was promoted to associate and full professor, serving as the R.A. Webb Professor of Religious Studies, and Chair of the Archaeology Program.
During that time, Moreland directed the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies, and was the founding director of the Lynne and Henry Turley Memphis Center. Outside of the classroom, his field work with students has involved travel to sites in Jordan, Turkey, Greece, and Germany, including collaboration with the Duke University Field School in Israel. Moreland was on the senior staff of the Sepphoris Regional Archaeological Project in Galilee for over 20 years.
Moreland is joined at Centre by his wife, Dina, a native of Chesterfield, Indiana, and a former national champion racquetball player who competed on the USA team. She attended the University of Memphis, completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in gerontology and educational studies, and began her career as a pharmaceutical salesperson in southern California, while touring as a professional racquetball player in the 1990s. Since 2003, she has been an elementary school teacher in Memphis.
The Morelands have two grown children. Marcus, a 2016 graduate of Rhodes College, who majored in business and now works as a manager for a logistics company in Memphis, and Micah, a 2020 graduate of Rhodes College who was an international studies major and Asian studies minor, who now works as a consultant in digital marketing in Memphis. Both of their sons were student-athletes, Marcus in baseball and Micah in football.
“It will be a significant privilege to serve in this leadership role, and I look forward to working with the entire campus community to continue the College’s focus on fostering a diverse and inclusive learning community that prepares young people for citizenship and leadership in an increasingly complex and challenging world.”
21st president of Centre College
Return to this area throughout the spring and summer months to learn more about Dr. Moreland’s vision for the future of Centre College.
Diversity and Inclusion
Making Centre Affordable
Milton sees the current and near future not as a series of what he called ‘headwinds’ to hold us back, but as opportunities to move us forward. I am confident he has all the skills necessary to accomplish this.”
J. DAVID GRISSOM ’60
Life Trustee and former Board Chair
Milton Moreland is the right person at the right time to lead Centre College. He is deeply rooted in the liberal arts tradition, yet he is realistic about the challenges facing institutions like Centre and brings creative, visionary ideas that will help Centre adapt to a changing world while protecting all that is best about our past.”
CRIT LUALLEN ’74
What comes across when you interact with Milton is his integrity and passion. He’s an outstanding listener and enjoys being involved with all of the different kinds of constituencies on a college campus.”
MARJORIE HASS, PhD
President, Rhodes College
Milton C. Moreland, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Rhodes College, has been selected to serve as the 21st president of Centre College. Moreland emerged as the unanimous choice of the 18-member search committee comprised of trustees, faculty, staff, and a student representative, including many Centre alumni, after an extensive national search.
Announcement Event Highlights
Centre College’s new president, Dr. Milton C. Moreland, was introduced to students, faculty, staff, and guests during an all-campus assembly on February 6, 2020.
Please note: Due to a flight delay, Dr. Andrea Abrams as unable to present her welcome at the all-campus assembly, though her written comments are available below.
Mark Nunnelly ’80: Welcome
Henry Snyder ’20
Crit Luallen ’74
Mark Nunnelly ’80: Introduction
Milton Moreland: Purpose Driven
Milton Moreland: Student Experience
Milton Moreland: Diversity & Inclusion
The Event Speakers
Read the complete announcement remarks made by each of the event speakers.