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Patrick Noltemeyer ’01 selected for new role at Centre College as Special Assistant to the President


April 4, 2013 By Michael Strysick, Director of Communications       
Patrick Noltemeyer '01

Patrick Noltemeyer, who currently serves as associate dean of students and director of community service and the Bonner Program at Centre, has been selected to serve as the new special assistant to the president for institutional research and College events. He begins his duties May 15.

The position was created to fill responsibilities previously assumed by Nancy Lackey, special assistant to the president and event planner, and Steve Winrich, director of institutional research, both of whom recently announced that they were stepping back from these roles. Lackey has recently taken an extended leave of absence and Winrich will return to full-time teaching in the economics program.

“Patrick was an obvious choice to fill this role, because he has a wide range of skills and experience,” said John A. Roush, president of Centre College. “His more than 10 years of service to the College since graduating in 2001 have been stellar, and he has excelled at handling whatever challenge has been handed his way. I am confident his considerable talents will be of real benefit not just to my office but to the College as a whole.”

A native of Louisville, Ky., Noltemeyer earned a B.S. degree at Centre with a major in psychology. As is typical of Centre graduates, he studied abroad, traveling to Barbados as part of a CentreTerm trip led by psychology professor Brent White. In 2004, Noltemeyer earned an M.A. degree in education at the University of Kentucky, and he is now at work completing his Ph.D. degree in education at the University of Louisville. His graduate work has focused on higher education administration and student personnel, and his dissertation is titled “Employee Engagement and Motivation to Work, Organizational Change, and Leadership.” Noltemeyer plans to complete his doctoral degree work by May 2014.

“I look forward to continuing my service to the College in this position, and I’m especially grateful for the opportunity to analyze our success and support our decision-making through institutional research, and to partner with colleagues in the President’s Office and around campus to facilitate some of the major events in the life of the College,” said Noltemeyer.

“I have been fortunate to work in the Student Life Office for the last 10 years with colleagues who have inspired, educated, and challenged my development,” Noltemeyer added, “and I look forward to continuing my work with them, albeit in a different capacity. My work with students, specifically those in the Bonner Scholars Program and CARE, has instilled in me a deep understanding of the transformational power of the Centre educational experience.”

After graduating from Centre, Noltemeyer began his career at the University of Kentucky, serving for one year as a residence hall director, followed by a similar role at Georgetown College, where he was resident director for Pi Kappa Alpha. He returned to Centre in 2003, first as director of Greek life, and then director of volunteer service and coordinator of the Bonner Program. He was promoted to associate dean of students and director of community service and the Bonner Program in 2008. In this role, Noltemeyer has provided oversight for the $3.55 million Bonner Scholars endowment and the $1 million Bonner Leaders endowment. For his efforts, he received the Bonner Administrator Award in 2010 from the National Bonner Foundation.

A great deal of Noltemeyer’s energy has been devoted to providing leadership for service at Centre, which is an essential part of the Centre educational experience. This past year alone, students in the Bonner Scholars Program and Centre Action Reaches Everyone (CARE) donated 7,000 hours of service to the downtown Danville area.

Noltemeyer’s other leadership roles include supervisory responsibility for the staff and operations of the Parsons Student Health Center, as well as planning and coordination of the annual Alternative Spring Break program.

As a student and a staff member, Noltemeyer was also involved in the two vice presidential debates hosted by Centre. In 2000, he spent hours putting up chain link fence as part of the fencing crew. In 2012, as a member of the Vice Presidential Debate Steering Committee, Noltemeyer worked as director of educational and community outreach. Among many successes, he worked with local schools on debate-related programming and partnered with Connected Nation on creation of a virtual town hall forum called “Our Voice, Our Future” that involved 3,000 students from 150 high schools in 48 states and 14 countries.

Noltemeyer takes service and community involvement personally, and he currently serves in volunteer roles for Centro Latino, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, and Clark’s Run Environmental and Educational Cooperative. He has also been active with the Heart of Kentucky United Way.

Noltemeyer and his wife, Megan, who serves as the academic affairs fellow in the office of the dean, make their home in Danville with their son, Jackson.


More about Patrick:
Getting to Know...The Student Life Office’s Patrick Noltemeyer

Patrick Noltemeyer ’01 recalls experiences as student volunteer during 2000 Debate

Centre’s Patrick Noltemeyer receives distinguished leadership award

20 Questions: A sketch of Centre Director of Volunteer Service Patrick Noltemeyer



Centre College, founded in 1819, is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Danville, Ky. Centre hosted its second Vice Presidential Debate on 10.11.12, and remains the smallest college in the smallest town ever to host a general election debate. For more, click here.




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