Centre College’s Richard Trollinger, senior philanthropy advisor, recently received the Outstanding Citizen Award from The Danville–Boyle County Chamber of Commerce at their 100 Year Bash.
The Danville–Boyle County Chamber of Commerce has recognized outstanding citizens for many years, and the award has been presented to those who have volunteered numerous hours to benefit their community and fellowman.
The chamber said the philanthropic work and contributions Trollinger has made in his 25 years as a member of the Danville–Boyle County community are best described as “transformative.”
Since 2010, Richard has actively been involved with the Danville–Boyle County Economic Development Partnership and was elected as vice chair in 2012. He sat as chair from 2014 to 2017. He was also involved with the Community Development Council as chair of the board in 1998 and 1999.
Trollinger is a member of the Danville Rotary Club and the Presbyterian Church of Danville. He served as a chair of the Kentucky School for the Deaf Charitable Foundation and as a board member for the Wilderness Trace Child Development Center and the Heart of Kentucky United Way.
Trollinger began his educational career in 1971 at Emory & Henry College, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in religion and economics. He then went on to receive a M.ED. from Vanderbilt University in 1998, where he graduated with a higher education administration degree, with a concentration in institutional advancement. In 2002, Trollinger attended Indiana University, where he received his master’s in philanthropic studies. He also received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in studies in higher education in 2009.
From 1988 to 1994, Trollinger served as vice president for development and external affairs at Emory & Henry College. During his time there, he established the development office, directed the first capital funds campaign and served as the director of alumni affairs.
Trollinger came to Centre in 1994, and in 1996 was promoted to vice president for college relations. He directed the Front and Centre Campaign from 1994 to 1997 and the campaign for A More Perfect Centre in 2003 to 2004. In addition to serving as senior staff liaison to the Development and Public Affairs Committee and as a resource to the Nominations and Honorary Degrees Committee of the Board of Trustees, he was liaison to the Strategic Planning Committee of the Board and co-author of Centre’s 2000 strategic plan. In 2000 and 2012, he co-chaired the Steering Committees for the Vice-Presidential Debate.
by Kerry Steinhofer
April 3, 2019
Header photo: Richard Trollinger, senior philanthropy advisor, receiving the Outstanding Citizen Award, sponsored by State Farm Insurance Agent Bob Miller. Photo courtesy of Robin Hart from The Advocate-Messenger.