Centre trustees told applications rising

April 20, 2004

The Centre College board of trustees reviewed student recruitment results and progress on the fundraising campaign during its Friday meeting.

Centre has received a record number of almost 1,600 applications this year, up 13 percent from last year. Out-of-state applications are up by almost 30 percent.

The Campaign for A More Perfect Centre, the college's largest fundraising effort to date, has received campaign commitments exceeding $81 million.

A special student-driven portion of the campaign, The Student Campaign for A More Perfect Centre, has been launched. Members of the Student Government Association, under the leadership of Danville senior Stephen Dexter, will encourage participation, and student campaign funds raised by May will support The College Centre, the college's renovation and expansion of the library/main academic building and the athletic/recreation facility.


On March 17, Centre reached the 50-percent participation mark for alumni annual giving. Another 1,240 alumni donors are needed to reach the goal of 66 percent. An anonymous $100,000 challenge gift made by a Centre graduate has been effective in generating increased participation. Additional telephone and direct mail efforts are scheduled for upcoming weeks.

The board approved an operating budget of approximately $37.9 million for the 2004-2005 fiscal year.

Six trustees were re-elected to serve six-year terms. They are Paul W. Chellgren, Barb Emler, Eddy Roberts Jr., Louis Prichard, Nelson D. Rodes Jr., and James D. Rouse.

John Barton, who served as president of Centre's Alumni Association during the 2002-04 term, was also elected to the board.

Officers of the board who were re-elected for the 2004-05 year include J. David Grissom, chairman of the board; Nelson D. Rodes Jr., vice chair; James D. Rouse, secretary; John Roush, president of the college; and Yvonne York Morley, assistant secretary.

The board will meet again in October.

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