TOWSON, Maryland (WJZ) – Kent Devereaux was inaugurated as 12th president of Collège Goucher on Friday after assuming the role in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic had delayed the ceremony, according to a statement from Goucher.
More than 30 college presidents and delegates from educational institutions from across the country attended the ceremony, along with government and community leaders.
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Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, delivered the keynote address.
Following Devereaux’s arrival, he oversaw Goucher’s response to the pandemic and worked on his recently launched new strategic plan, “Cultivating Global Change Actors,” to improve student achievement, expand global education and focus on inclusion. He is also leading the year-long process to develop a new campus master plan, focusing on accessibility, sustainability and connectivity to the community.
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“It is an honor to lead this prestigious liberal arts institution and to help define its future with rigorous new programs, innovative new partnerships and strategic capital investments,” Devereaux said in a statement. “Goucher’s particular focus on global education and community learning helps our graduates develop the innovative thinking and bold leadership that will be needed to make an impact in our communities and around the world.
Devereaux has over 30 years of hands-on experience in higher education strategic planning, program innovation and enrollment management, as well as fundraising for non-profit higher education institutions. He previously served as president of the New Hampshire Institute of Art. His professional background also includes time as a faculty member and chair of the music department at Cornish College of the Arts, as senior vice president and dean of study programs at Kaplan University, and as as Senior Vice President for Editorial and Product Development at Encyclopedia Britannica.
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“After more than a year of delay due to the pandemic, we are pleased to officially celebrate President Devereaux’s tenure at Goucher,” Lisa Stromberg, chair of the board of trustees of Goucher College, said in the statement. “We are confident that Kent’s vision and leadership for the college will carry on the tradition of academic excellence and graduate achievement that Goucher has built over more than 135 years.