Georgetown College to name new president on Monday

gkocher1@herald-leader.comAugust 4, 2013 

Georgetown College will announce and introduce its 24th president at 4 p.m, Monday in the Ward Room of the college's Ensor Learning Resource Center.

The college said in a news release that the Board of Trustees made a final decision Friday in regard to a successor to William Crouch Jr. He had been president for 22 years.

The release did not name the new president but the last identified candidate to interview at the school was Michael Dwaine Greene, vice president and provost of Campbell University in North Carolina. Greene met with faculty, staff, students and others during a July 26 visit to the Georgetown campus.

Greene is a 1979 graduate of Campbell University with a bachelor's degree in religion. He received his master's degree from Wake Forest University in 1982 and his doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1987. He has been vice president and provost at Campbell since 2001.

In late June, the board named Granetta Bingham Blevins as acting president. The 1980 graduate of Georgetown College is a long-term trustee of the college.

Two finalists, former Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry and Jason Rogers of Belmont University in Nashville, withdrew from consideration in June. The board did not hire a third finalist, Cheryl Kimberling, president of the Multicultural Alliance in Fort Worth, Texas.

The board of trustees then started over in its search. A social-media effort promoting former Gov. Martha Layne Collins as the new or interim president surfaced in late June.

For 10 months the college has sought a successor to Crouch, 61, who announced in October that he would retire this summer.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @heraldleader

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