S. Georgia Nugent

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S. Georgia Nugent
Interim President of The College of Wooster
In office
1 July 2015 – 30 June 2016
Preceded by Grant Cornwell
Succeeded by Sarah Bolton
18th President of Kenyon College
In office
Preceded by Robert A. Oden
Succeeded by Sean M. Decatur
Personal details
Born Susan Georgia Nugent
New Orleans, Louisiana
Spouse(s) Thomas Scherer
Residence Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Alma mater Princeton University
Cornell University
Profession Professor
Website Office of the President

Susan Georgia Nugent was president of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio from 2003 to 2013, and interim president of the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio for the 2015-16 academic year.[1] She was succeeded at Kenyon by Sean M. Decatur, former dean of Arts and Sciences at Oberlin College, and at Wooster by Sarah Bolton, former dean of Williams College.

Early career[edit]

Nugent was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and attended Princeton University, from which she graduated cum laude in 1973. She earned a Ph.D. in classics from Cornell University and taught at Swarthmore College, Princeton, and Brown University. Her academic speciality, reflected in numerous publications, was epic poetry and Greek tragedy. She returned to the classics department at Princeton in 1992 and also worked in the university's administration for a decade, including as associate provost and, later, as dean of the McGraw Center.[2]

College President[edit]

Nugent became Kenyon College's 18th president and first female president in 2003.[2] As president, she oversaw the construction of the $70 million Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC), and undertook the largest capital campaign in the college's 188-year history. President Nugent was an outspoken supporter of the Amethyst Initiative, which she co-authored with 8 other presidents of American colleges and universities in 2008.[3]

On President's Day, S. Georgia Nugent often switched roles with a Kenyon student who went to faculty and staff meetings while she attended class, visited professors during their office hours and ate meals at the campus dining hall. President Nugent chose the student through a contest that asked students why they wanted to be President for a day.[citation needed]

After leaving Kenyon, she joined the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) as a senior fellow to lead their Campaign for the Liberal Arts.[4]


  1. ^ http://www.wooster.edu/news/releases/2015/may/nugent/index.php
  2. ^ a b Kenyon College | Office of the President | Biography Archived April 11, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Amethyst Initiative Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ The Council of Independent Colleges, fall 2012 newsletter Archived April 2, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.