GEORGETOWN — Georgetown College on Monday announced that M. Dwaine Greene, provost and academic vice president at Campbell University in North Carolina, will be the school's 24th president.
"This is the right man for Georgetown at this time," Earl Goode, chairman of the college's board of trustees, said as he introduced Greene.
Goode said in an interview that the search committee put great emphasis on finding a president who would continue Georgetown's long tradition as a Christian school.
"His values are right in line with what's so important to us," Goode said.
Greene will begin work at Georgetown Oct. 21.
Until then, Granetta Blevins, a member of the school's board of trustees, will continue as acting president.
Former president William Crouch Jr. retired June 30 after 22 years as president.
Greene has overseen academic operations at Campbell University, the Baptist college from which he earned a bachelor's degree, since 2001.
He has also held positions at Chowan College in Murfreesboro, N.C., and Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C.
He holds a master's from Wake Forest University and doctorate in New Testament and Early Christianity from the University of Virginia.
Georgetown's presidential search committee was formed in November and began its work in February, Goode said.
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.
Greene, who said he was happy in his work at Campbell, did not apply for the president's position but was instead identified by a search firm hired by Georgetown.
He made two private visits, Goode said, then made a public visit July 26, when he met with faculty, staff, students and others.
"I do believe in the will of God, and were it not for that, I would not be here," Greene told those gathered at the school Monday afternoon.
He said he has "tremendous respect" for Georgetown's history as the first Baptist College west of the Allegheny Mountains.
"We will be progressive, and we will move forward," he said.
Brian Evans, vice president and athletic director at Georgetown, who represented the school's staff on the search committee, said one of Greene's biggest challenges will be to "rebrand" Georgetown with an eye toward recruitment, which will, in turn, generate revenue for the school, which has about 1,100 undergraduate students and about 500 in its graduate program in education.
"He's proven that he can create attractive programs that resonate with high school students," Evans said.
Terry Clark, an associate professor in Georgetown's religion department, said his impression of Greene is that he is "a very humble man" who worked his way up, which should help him connect with faculty and staff.
"I'm elated," Clark said after Monday's announcement. "I think he's a fantastic fit for the college."
Greene is married to Carolyn Greene and has two adult daughters, Patricia and Meredith.