Milton C. Moreland

21st President of Centre College

Our Next President2020-03-19T12:15:44-04:00

Our Next President

Centre College celebrates the announcement of Dr. Milton C. Moreland as the 21st president in the College’s 200-year history. Moreland was introduced to students, faculty, staff, and invited guests during a February 6, 2020, campus-wide gathering. Currently serving as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Rhodes College, Moreland is a respected scholar of religion and an accomplished archaeologist. He succeeds Dr. John A. Roush, who has served as Centre’s president for 22 years. Moreland begins his term on July 1st.

“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

The Announcement

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.

Read The Announcement

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

John Wilson

Crit Luallen ’74

John Roush

Mark Nunnelly ’80: Introduction

Milton Moreland: Purpose Driven

Milton Moreland: Student Experience

Milton Moreland: Diversity & Inclusion

Event Candids

The Event Speakers

Read the complete announcement remarks made by each of the event speakers.

Mark Nunnelly ’80
Board of Trustees Chair

Henry Snyder ’20
SGA president

Andrea Abrams
Assoc. VP of Diversity
Assoc. Professor of Anthropology

Crit Luallen ’74
Board of Trustees Secretary

John Wilson
Faculty president
Professor of Mathematics

John Roush
20th president of Centre College

Milton Moreland
21st president of Centre College

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.”

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.”

Board Secretary

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.”

President, Rhodes 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.

Coming Soon

John’s Legacy

Purpose-Driven Education

The Value of Liberal Arts

Vision for the Future

Headwinds, Challenges and Shifting Sails

Access and Affordability

Diversity and Inclusion, Opportunities for All

Meet the President-Elect

Milton C. Moreland, a native of Boise, Idaho, 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 the New Testament and early Christianity. Moreland has also edited several books, including Between Text and Artifact: Integrating Archaeology into Biblical Studies Teaching. 

Since 2014, Moreland has served as the chief academic officer at Rhodes, a private liberal arts college in Memphis that, like Centre, is consistently ranked among the best in the nation. He first joined the Rhodes campus community in 2003 as an assistant professor of religious studies and was promoted to associate and full professor, serving as the R.A. Webb Professor of Religious Studies.

During that time, Moreland directed the Rhodes Institute of Regional Studies; was the founding director of the Lynne and Henry Turley Memphis Center; and chaired the program in archaeology. 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 Galilee, Israel. Moreland was also on the senior staff of the Sepphoris Regional Archaeological Project in Galilee for over 20 years.

Moreland will be joined 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, works as a manager for a logistics company in Memphis, and Micah is graduating this spring with a major in international studies and minor in Asian studies from Rhodes. Both of their sons were student-athletes, Marcus in baseball and Micah in football.

The Search Process

Roush Announces Retirement

At the conclusion of what will be 22 years of service as president of Centre College, John A. Roush plans to retire on June 30, 2020.

May 24, 2019

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Search Committee Named

An 18-member committee composed of faculty, staff, trustee and student representatives was formed by the Board of Trustees to conduct a national search.

July 26, 2019

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Consulting Firm Selected

The Centre College Presidential Search Committee partnered with Spencer Stuart to assist with the process to select a the college’s 21st president.

August 30, 2019


Student Member Appointed

The Presidential Search Committee, with the support of the Board of Trustees, appointed senior Henry Snyder to the search as a voting member of the committee.

September 27, 2019


Candidate Search Begins

Candidates are now being sought to serve as the 21st president of Centre College, succeeding current President John A. Roush.

September 27, 2019


Moreland Named President

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.

February 5, 2020