S. Georgia Nugent
S. Georgia Nugent is the interim president of The College of Wooster. She assumed her duties on July 1, 2015, and will guide Wooster through the 2015-16 academic year as the college conducts a search for its next permanent leader.
Nugent comes to Wooster from the Council of Independent Colleges, where she has been a senior fellow since 2013. In that role, she led a public information campaign, “Securing America’s Future: The Power of Liberal Arts Education,” which won national awards for its innovative use of social media, as well as print media. Nugent served as president of Kenyon College from 2003 to 2013.
During her tenure there, Kenyon launched new programs in Islamic culture and Latino studies, and the Center for the Study of American Democracy. Funding for faculty research was increased, new endowed professorships were created in anthropology, drama, economics, English, and international studies. The diversity of both the student body and the faculty increased dramatically.
Prior to her service at Kenyon, Nugent held a series of positions at Princeton University from 1992 to 2003, including assistant to the president, associate provost, and dean of the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Center for Teaching and Learning. She taught classics at Brown University from 1985 to 1992, and at Princeton from 1979 to 1985. Nugent earned her bachelor's degree from Princeton in 1973 and her doctorate from Cornell University in 1978.
"We could not be more thrilled to name Georgia Nugent as our interim president," said William A. Longbrake '65, chair of Wooster's board. "Her experience as president of one of America's finest liberal arts colleges, her knowledge of the terrain, both locally and nationally, and her passionate belief in the power of liberal education make her exactly the right person at precisely the right moment for Wooster."
"The College of Wooster embodies the very best of American liberal arts education," Nugent said. "I have long admired its values, purposefulness and standards, and I am truly honored to have been invited to join the Wooster community and guide the college in the coming year."