GEORGETOWN, Ky – M. Dwaine Greene becomes Georgetown College’s 24th President when he assumes the post in late October. His selection by the College’s Board of Trustees was announced Monday by Earl A. Goode, Board Chairman. The North Carolina native is often described by associates as a man of integrity, humility, and strong faith. Greene’s appointment culminates a comprehensive presidential search by a committee comprised of faculty, staff, and alumni.
"I am thrilled at the prospect of serving as President of Georgetown College,” said Dr. Greene. “I hold deep respect for what Georgetown has accomplished during its many decades. Quality academics in concert with faith commitments is what resonates with me both personally and professionally. Joining such a worthy endeavor with fine colleagues at Georgetown will be a high honor. I am humbled by the opportunity."
Originally from Watauga County in the northwest mountains of North Carolina, Dr. Greene, an accomplished administrator, comes to Georgetown from Campbell University, a Baptist College in Buies Creek, North Carolina, where he has been academic vice president and provost since 2001. He is an alumnus of Campbell where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in religion. He then received his Master of Arts in New Testament from Wake Forest University and subsequently completed his doctorate in New Testament and Early Christianity from the University of Virginia.
“The Board of Trustees is confident that Dr. Greene’s experience as an admired scholar, effective administrator, his warm and welcoming leadership style, and his dedication to Christian higher education will make him an outstanding leader for Georgetown College,” said Chairman Goode in his remarks. “We welcome Dwaine and his wife, Carolyn, as Georgetown College’s next President and First Lady and are excited to have them join the College family.”
Georgetown College pursued Dr. Greene after two of three original finalists from a field of 62 applicants withdrew from consideration and the search committee decided not to further consider the third candidate. Dr. Greene was not among the original applicants. He succeeds William H. “Bill” Crouch, Jr., who retired June 30 after 22 years as Georgetown’s president.
Harold Tallant, Georgetown College Professor of History who served on the presidential search team, voiced the committee’s unequivocal support for the new president. “Dr. Greene has a strong record of success as an academic leader, not just in the nuts-and-bolts details of running a college but also in the larger world of higher education at the national and international level,” said Tallant, adding, “He is the leader we need now, and I am delighted he has agreed to serve at Georgetown College. Dwaine is an ideal person to be the public face of Georgetown.”
Early in his career, Dr. Greene was Chairman of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Chowan College (1986-1990) in Murfreesboro, North Carolina. After four years in that post, he accepted a faculty position at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina. He served in that position for eleven years (1990-2001) and during that time was religion professor, department chairperson, Provost/Dean of Faculty, and, for a brief period, Acting President. He then returned to his alma mater to oversee the University’s academic operations.
Dr. Greene is married to the former Carolyn Michael, whom he met during his college years. She, too, is an alumnus of Campbell. Dwaine and Carolyn have two daughters, Patricia and Meredith, both of whom received undergraduate degrees from Campbell. Patricia is a graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, and is pursuing a career in ministry. Meredith is pursuing a doctorate in molecular medicine at Wake Forest University.
Georgetown College’s new president is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion. Of particular significance is his involvement with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
He lists among his hobbies and interests assorted sports, outdoor activities, reading, and piano. During his undergraduate years at Campbell he played baseball.
Georgetown College, the first Baptist College west of the Allegheny Mountains, was chartered in 1829. Distinguished alumni include five Rhodes Scholars, 41 college and university presidents, two Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award winners, 23 Fulbright Scholars (since 1989), and numerous other successful graduates who provide distinctive leadership in business, medicine, law, education, communications, ministry, and the arts.