Centre College elects new board officers
November 14, 2013 By Michael Strysick
Mark E. Nunnelly ’80
James D. Rouse ’62
New board officers were elected at the fall 2013 meeting of the Centre College Board of Trustees, held Oct. 31 to Nov. 1 on the Danville campus.
Randal B. Kell ’69 was elected chair, Mark E. Nunnelly ’80 was elected vice chair and James D. Rouse ’62 was re-elected secretary.
A native of Paducah, Ky., Kell was first elected to Centre's Board of Trustees in 1994 and has served as vice chair since January 2008. Prior to this, he served as chair of the "Campaign for A More Perfect Centre," which concluded in December 2007 and far exceeded its goal of $120 million with gifts and pledges totaling $169,374,192.
A scholarship recipient at Centre, Kell graduated magna cum laude in 1969 with a degree in managerial economics. While a student, he served in the Student Congress as vice president, was on the Interfraternity Council as a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and earned membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, the leadership honor society.
Kell continued his studies at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he earned his J.D. degree magna cum laude in 1973. This was followed by service as a law clerk to the Honorable Collins J. Seitz, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Kell then began a career in law, first as an attorney with Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, Calif., followed by Covington & Burlington, and then Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge, both in Washington, D.C.
Since 1984, Kell has been associated with the Mark Winkler Company based in Alexandria, Va., and its related entities, where he has served as chief executive officer since 1987. Now an investment management business and not an active commercial real estate firm, the Winkler portfolio once consisted of more than 10-million-square-feet of commercial and residential projects located throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Related, Kell also serves as the chair of the board of the Winkler Botanical Preserve, a nonprofit organization that operates a 45-acre botanical preserve, the main programs of which provide environmental education to children and young adults in all of the public and several of the private schools in Alexandria.
Kell has been active in numerous community and non-profit organizations during his career and is the immediate past chair of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. He formerly served on the boards and in board leadership positions of the Visiting Nurse Association of Washington, D.C.; the Medlantic Healthcare Corporation; AYUDA; the Burgundy Farm School; the Carpenter's Shelter; and the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority.
At present, Kell serves on the boards of the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America; Cardinal Bank; the Alexandria Education Partnership; the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership; and the Alexandria Industrial Development Authority.
Additional volunteer involvement includes work with the Chesapeake Conservancy and Chesapeake Bay Foundation, given Kell's devotion to restoring and protecting this historic area where he and his wife, Jan, enjoy boating. Kell and his wife are also very involved in supporting the research efforts of the Hydrocephalus Association.
Nunnelly, a native of Covington, Ky., graduated from Centre in 1980 with majors in government and history. He later earned his M.B.A. with distinction from the Harvard Business School. Nunnelly began his career with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati before joining Boston-based Bain Capital in 1989, where he is now a managing director.
First elected to Centre's Board of Trustees in April 1999, Nunnelly serves as chair of the board's Finance Committee and on the Executive, Honorary Degrees and Nominations, and Development and Public Affairs committees.
Nunnelly is an active supporter of a number of charitable organizations. He serves on the board of directors of New Profit Inc. (where he was the founding board chair), a national venture philanthropy fund that provides social entrepreneurs with financial and strategic support. Given his strong interest in education reform, Nunnelly also serves on the board of the KIPP Foundation, the largest non-profit operator of charter schools in the United States. In addition, Nunnelly serves on the board of trustees of the Boston Medical Center, where he chairs its Strategic Planning Committee.
Rouse, a resident of Versailles, Ky., graduated from Centre in 1962 with a major in economics, after which he earned his LL.B. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1965. Elected to Centre's Board of Trustees in 1979, Rouse has also served as president of Centre's Alumni Association and chaired the "Front and Centre" campaign, which concluded in 1997 having raised $76 million against a goal of $60 million. Rouse later served as a vice chair of the "Campaign for A More Perfect Centre." For his many philanthropic efforts, Rouse was named Centre Associate of the Year in 1997.
First elected secretary of Centre's Board of Trustees in April 1988, Rouse's re-election this year occurs on the 25th anniversary of his continuing service as board secretary.
Centre College, founded in 1819, offers its students a world of opportunities, highlighted by one of the nation's premier study abroad programs and a faculty ranked #5 in the nation for "Best Undergraduate Teaching" at a liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report in 2013. Centre graduates enjoy extraordinary success, with entrance to top graduate and professional schools, prestigious fellowships for further study abroad (Rhodes, Rotary, Fulbright), and rewarding jobs (on average, 97 percent are employed or in advanced study within 10 months of graduation).