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
21st president of Centre 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.
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
Return to this area throughout the spring and summer months to learn more about Dr. Moreland’s vision for the future of Centre College.
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 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
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
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