Milton Moreland

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President's Office
Old Centre 625 West Walnut Street Danville KY 40422
Work Phone: 859.238.5220

Milton C. Moreland is the 21st President of Centre College. A native of Boise, Idaho, he earned his undergraduate degree in history with honors from the University of Memphis, where his mentor, Dr. Marcus Orr, introduced him to the joy of studying ancient texts, languages, and artifacts. Moreland wrote his honors thesis on the Nag Hammadi Library, a set of early Christian texts discovered in Egypt in 1945. He continued his study of archaeology, ancient history, and religion at the Claremont Graduate University in California, where he earned his MA and Ph.D. degrees.

His scholarly work appears in leading journals and focuses on Roman archaeology and religious traditions in the Mediterranean region. Moreland has also edited several books, including Between Text and Artifact: Integrating Archaeology into Biblical Studies Teaching. 

Prior to joining the Centre community this year, Moreland served for 6 years as the Provost and chief academic officer at Rhodes College. He first joined the Rhodes campus community in 2003 and was promoted to associate and full professor, serving as the R.A. Webb Professor of Religious Studies, and Chair of the Archaeology Program.

During that time, Moreland directed the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies, and was the founding director of the Lynne and Henry Turley Memphis Center. Outside of the classroom, his field work with students has involved travel to sites in Jordan, Turkey, Greece, and Germany, including collaboration with the Duke University Field School in Israel. Moreland was on the senior staff of the Sepphoris Regional Archaeological Project in Galilee for over 20 years.

Moreland is joined at Centre by his wife, Dina, a native of Chesterfield, Indiana, and a former national champion racquetball player who competed on the USA team. She attended the University of Memphis, completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in gerontology and educational studies, and began her career as a pharmaceutical salesperson in southern California, while touring as a professional racquetball player in the 1990s. Since 2003, she has been an elementary school teacher in Memphis.

The Morelands have two grown children. Marcus, a 2016 graduate of Rhodes College, who majored in business and now works as a manager for a logistics company in Memphis, and Micah, a 2020 graduate of Rhodes College who was an international studies major and Asian studies minor, who now works as a consultant in digital marketing in Memphis. Both of their sons were student-athletes, Marcus in baseball and Micah in football.

Lesley Stout Bilby

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Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives & External Relations
Work Old Centre – 109
Work Phone: 859.238.5217

Lesley Stout Bilby ’02 joined Centre in 2021 to serve as executive director of strategic initiatives & external relations.

A Kentucky native with a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Centre, a Master of Philosophy in international relations from the University of Cambridge and Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law, Bilby served most recently as assistant state treasurer and chief of staff for the Kentucky State Treasury.

In addition, she previously held two positions with the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, including executive director of legal services and deputy secretary.

Prior to her work with the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet and State Treasury, Bilby assisted legal clients in state and federal court on cases involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Immediately after law school, she secured highly competitive federal judicial clerkships at both the district court and court of appeals levels.

Tabitha Key

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Executive Administrative Assistant to the President Centre CollegePresident’s Office
Work Old Centre 625 W. Walnut
Work Phone: 859.238.5220