GEORGETOWN, Ky. — Dr. Jonathan Sands Wise has been named provost and executive vice president of Georgetown College. In this role, he will serve as the college’s chief academic officer.
President Rosemary Allen announced his appointment, stating, “As the events of the past few months played out, Dr. Sands Wise kept an unwavering focus on providing supportive leadership that helped keep this college stable in a time of uncertainty. As provost, he will bring his extraordinary creative capacity and gift for solving problems to the task of leading the academic program.”
Associated with Georgetown College since 2008, Sands Wise began as a visiting assistant professor of philosophy before being promoted to associate professor. He was later asked to become the vice president of enrollment management in 2015.
For the past six years, Sands Wise has overseen admissions, financial planning, academic success, and (from 2018-2020) the college’s marketing and communications operations. In January 2021, he was appointed as associate provost and dean of graduate and new programs, while still serving as interim vice president of enrollment management.
Sands Wise lives in Georgetown with Elizabeth, his wife, and two school-aged daughters. Active in the local community, he has been both vice-president and president of the board for Elizabeth’s Village in Georgetown and was chair of facilities in charge of all renovations at Elizabeth Place. He also has been a board member and officer for the Quest Farm board.
A native of Harmony, Penn., Sands Wise received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Houghton College in New York. He completed his graduate and post-graduate work at Baylor University, where he earned his Master’s and Ph.D., both in philosophy.
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