LaGrange College’s Rowe named president of Centenary College

May 20, 2009

LaGrange College’s Dr. David Rowe has been elected president of Centenary College of Louisiana, both institutions announced Tuesday morning.

Rowe, 43, vice president of advancement since 2000, will assume leadership of the Shreveport institution on Aug. 1.

LaGrange College President Stuart Gulley said Rowe’s range of abilities led the Centenary Presidential Search Committee to its decision.

“David’s background as a strategic thinker and visionary, engaging public speaker, gifted United Methodist clergyperson, accomplished fundraiser and incisive leader in matters related to sustainability proved to be very attractive to the search committee, which pursued him for this opportunity,” he said.

“During David’s 10 years here, he led the development of a new visual identity program, strengthened our outreach to alumni with enhanced programming, radically restructured the Leadership Council, connected the college to the community and region through numerous external efforts, and guided us to annual fundraising records. Collectively, these efforts have aided in the growing reputation of LaGrange College and, most importantly, in the fulfillment of our mission and vision.”

Rowe also has been active in the community and region. He has been a member of the LaGrange Lion’s Club, Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Troup, Leadership Georgia, the Board of Planning and Zoning Appeals for the city of LaGrange and the Troup County Regional Strategic Planning Team. He has traveled to numerous regional, national, and international conferences to convey the college’s commitment to sustainability.

Rowe holds a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University, a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University and a Certificate in Ecumenical Studies from the World Council of Churches and the University of Geneva. He earned his Ph.D. from Georgia State University.

He is married to Jodi Hyde Rowe, and they have two sons, Carter and Philip.

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