Dr. Greene Will Serve Through Academic Year
Submitted on September 6, 2018
Dr. Michael Dwaine Greene, president of Georgetown College, announced on Thursday (Sept. 6, 2018) that he will be stepping away from his presidency at the close of the 2018-19 academic year. Greene has declined the wish of the College’s Board of Trustees to extend his contract, citing a desire to relocate closer to family.
As Greene wrote in his letter to the College’s staff, “With every good wish for Georgetown College in the years ahead, personal and family considerations will soon draw me away.” He continued, “Be assured that I am looking forward to leading the College through this academic year.” Greene plans to stay as president through commencement in May of 2019 and has offered to assist the College in coming months during the search for his successor.
His departure comes after five years of significant progress for the College. After his arrival in October of 2013, Greene led efforts to clarify and strengthen the College’s mission as a quality Christian institution. During that time period, the College grew enrollment on the undergraduate and graduate levels, expanded academic programs, built endowment, and reduced indebtedness. In a letter to the College’s Board of Trustees, Greene said, “I am pleased to affirm with you that much progress has been made, that the College is far stronger than it was five years ago, to the point that it is now positioned to move forward with strength commensurate with its worthy mission.”
Judge David Knox, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees, expressed both his sadness at Greene’s departure and his gratitude for Greene’s years of service. “Georgetown College has made remarkable progress the past five years under Dr. Greene’s leadership,” said Knox. “While we are saddened that he will depart the College next year, we look forward to his continued guidance this academic year. We cannot overemphasize what Dr. Greene has meant to this College.”
Upon his appointment to the presidency, Greene focused immediately on establishing a sound basis for stability and growth at the College. In the following years, new and expanded programs included the addition of a Principal preparation program in Graduate Education, as well as new undergraduate majors in sports administration, healthcare administration, social and criminal justice, and biomedical sciences. The College also added new honors programs and expanded other curricular and extracurricular programs to enrich the experience of undergraduate students.
In addition, the College built relationships with alumni and other donors, resulting in fundraising successes that exceeded 10-year records and that significantly increased the College’s assets. The “Love and Loyalty” initiative, so well-known among alumni, saw their donation percentages more than double over the course of five years.
The College’s provost, Dr. Rosemary Allen, commented that Greene brought “the right experience and the right character to the leadership of this College, at a time when it was needed.” She added that the result has been “the construction of a solid foundation for future growth.”
As Georgetown College begins its search for its 25th president and prepares for its bicentennial in eleven years, it will continue to build on that solid foundation as it pursues its mission “to prepare students to engage in their life’s pursuits with thoughtfulness and skill by providing an exceptional educational experience in a vibrant Christian community.”