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Getting to know...Centre legend Bill Breeze

September 23, 2010
Bill Breeze Bill Breeze, Centre College Class of 1945, currently serves as
Centre’s special assistant to the president for endowment. Over
the years, he has held numerous positions at the College, serving
as a member of the board of trustees, president of the alumni
association and acting president of the College.

If a committee were convened to choose Mr. Centre, Bill Breeze would surely be on the short list. Breeze is a Centre alum, Class of 1945. After a distinguished career at Ohio National Life insurance company, he came to Centre in 1987 as Vice President and General Secretary. He later served as interim president from 1988 to 1989. Recently, the Bill Breeze Society was established in his honor. This gift club recognizes years of consecutive financial support for the College. Breeze has made a gift to Centre for 49 consecutive years. (For more on the club, click here.)

1. Position at Centre?
Assistant to the president for endowment

2. Hometown?
Brooksville, Ky., population 615, county seat of Bracken County

3. Career highlight?
Many, both at Ohio National Life in Cincinnati for 38 years and at Centre College

4. Favorite part of your job?
Learning from others and helping them achieve

5. Family?
Wife, Professor Barbara Hall; daughter, Nancy Breeze ’76

6. Hobbies?
Work, listening to music, reading

7. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Attending Kentucky State Fair at age 14 as part of a livestock (sheep, cattle, hogs) judging team

8. Prized possession?
Sharp pocket calculator circa 1990

9. Favorite book?
Whatever I’m reading

10. Most memorable trip or vacation?
Annual visits to Maine

11. Favorite movie, play, or tv program?
Jim Lehrer

12. Favorite album or other recorded work?
All Beethoven, Schubert, Brahams, Richard Strauss, Dvorak

13. Favorite artist (of any type)?
Ezio Pinza, Metropolitan Opera Bass, circa 1930s and ’40s

14. Attitude toward technology?
Appreciate it greatly, understand it poorly

15. Person you most admire?
My wife

16. Living figure you'd most like to meet?
I value my 69-year friendship with Judge Pierce Lively over any famous new acquaintance.

17. Historical figure you’d most like to meet?
Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein

18. What would you be doing if you weren’t working at Centre?
What could be better?

19. What is the best thing about Centre College?
What it does for its students!

20. Describe yourself in three words:
Friendly, hard-working, funny

Have comments, suggestions, or story ideas? E-mail leigh.ivey@centre.edu with your feedback.

Founded in 1819, Centre College is ranked among the U.S. News top 50 national liberal arts colleges. Forbes magazine ranks Centre 24th among all the nation's colleges and universities and No. 1 among all institutions of higher education in the South. Consumers Digest ranks Centre No. 1 in educational value among all U.S. liberal arts colleges. Centre alumni, known for their nation-leading loyalty in annual financial support, include two U.S. vice presidents and two Supreme Court justices.
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