Dr. Milton C. Moreland was inaugurated as the 21st president of Centre College on Oct. 14 in an afternoon event held in Newlin Hall of the Norton Center for the Arts that focused on the theme, “Building a Community of Inclusive Excellence.”
The much-anticipated ceremony to install President Milton C. Moreland, who took office on July 1, 2020, had been postponed due to safety issues surrounding COVID-19 until the College deemed that an in-person event could take place without risk to anyone’s health.
More than 1,200 guests were in attendance, including 100 alumni representatives and institutional delegates from colleges and universities across the country, who joined with trustees and campus community members.
In his inaugural address, Moreland stated, “Our community flourishes when we are agile, open to new ideas, engage with people who have different identities, and pursue our curiosities. That is Centre’s foundation for building an inclusive community.”
Looking ahead to the aspirations he hopes to achieve during his tenure, Milton C. Moreland focused on a number of initiatives intended to build on the College’s existing strengths.
“Driven by our belief that the freedom and open exchange of ideas promotes a more just and inclusive society,” he said, “we will expand opportunities at this college for all of our students to be involved in applying their knowledge through experiential learning, community engagement, internships, and living and working in even more study abroad and study away locations as they prepare for their future careers.”
This unique and impactful form of living and learning will have a clear outcome, he said.
“Centre will be increasingly known for our experiential learning and co-curricular programming that provides a global perspective enhances our students’ communications skills, refines their leadership abilities, and prepares them for a lifetime of meaningful work and civic impact.”
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