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Centre College President John Roush announces plans to retire in June 2020 after 22 years

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. In making the announcement to the campus community, Roush said that he and his wife, Susie, “have talked, often, that retiring a year following the College’s bicentennial would be the best timing.” Founded in 1819, Centre marks 200 years of service this year....

Commentary: Arts education can have transformational impact on Kentucky’s future

By John Roush and Kim Baker Special to KyForward As 256 bright and talented high school students from 47 counties gather at Centre College in Danville for the 30th annual Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts, we couldn’t be more proud about our fourth year as partners in this three-week intensive arts program. And the reason is simple: the ripple effects this transformative educational...

Opinion: Educational opportunities abroad foster hope and understanding

By John A. Roush Special to KyForward As the president of a college that prides itself on high rates of study abroad, I am grateful for those occasional opportunities to visit students at our several semester-long study abroad destinations. We aim to achieve transformative experiences on and off campus for the young men and women who come our way, and these visits give me firsthand confirmation that...

Commentary: The kind of great teaching that gives students a little prod so they can ‘jump to the skies’

By John A. Roush Special to KyForward Almost all of us have had the experience of being in a classroom with a teacher who simply inspires us to learn, know and explore. When this happens, the feeling is magical. Going to this class and being in the presence of that teacher brings out the very best in us. Perhaps Robert Frost was correct in saying that there are two types of teachers: “The kind that...

Largest single gift in school history enables Centre to recruit first-generation students

Recruitment has begun at Centre College for the new Grissom Scholars Program, a national scholarship opportunity for first-generation students established with the largest single gift received in the Danville college’s 195-year history.   Although the full amount is not being disclosed at the request of donors Marlene and J. David Grissom, Centre officials believe it to be the largest single...