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John A. Roush
John A. Roush took office on July 1, 1998, as the 20th president of Centre College. He grew up in Ohio and graduated from Kettering Fairmont High School, where he was active in athletics, music, and theater. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Ohio University’s Honors College in 1972, graduating summa cum laude. Active in college athletics, Roush was Ohio University’s Scholar Athlete of the Year and was a three-time Academic All-American in football. He completed his formal education at Miami University, earning a master’s degree in 1973 and Ph.D. in 1979. Roush began his career in higher education in 1972 at Miami University as an assistant football coach and then transitioned to administration in 1976, completing his work there in January 1982 as executive assistant to the president. He joined the University of Richmond in 1982 as executive assistant to the president and was named vice president for planning, executive assistant to the president, and secretary to the board of trustees in 1990.

Entries by John A. Roush

"Centre's Lincoln": 2014 Centre College Founders Day Address

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 11:15 AM

On this day when we celebrate the founders of Centre College, I judged this might be a time to learn about and celebrate one who helped to found a new nation, if you will; one where all citizens would be permitted to enjoy the privileges of a country...

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Tragedy, 'Likeness,' and the Importance of Global Education

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 3:14 PM

The number of defining tragedies taking place in our nation seems to be at no end, with the Marathon bombings in Boston the most recent example. And with each sadness, we remain at a loss on how best to respond.

Like many of my fellow college presidents, I immediately sent...

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High Achievement and High Opportunity Can Co-exist

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 11:45 AM

There's an unfortunate tendency when talking about higher education not only to paint the entire sector with the broadest brush possible but also to view it only through an Ivy League lens.

Because the late Loren Pope, longtime education editor of the New York Times, had done so...

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Preparing Tomorrow's Citizen-Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 4:44 PM

Centre College was privileged to host New York Times columnist David Brooks in April 2011, and we anticipate having him with us again this year on October 2 as we point toward hosting the vice presidential debate on October 11, 2012. Having hosted such...

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Disruption, Innovation, Technology, and the Liberal Arts College

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 1:24 PM

I am not alone among college presidents who take seriously the work of Clayton Christensen and acknowledge his profound impact on conversations about the nature of enterprise in our nation, both outside and inside American higher education. This sentiment was unanimous among our Board of Trustees as well...

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The Expense of Ignorance and the Value of Accountability

(14) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 3:22 PM

Self-educated though he was, Benjamin Franklin had a good sense of the importance of learning. "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest," he wrote. And this is from the man who thought so much about investing that he proclaimed compound interest the eighth wonder of the world.

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