S. Georgia Nugent

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S. Georgia Nugent
Interim President of The College of Wooster
In office
1st July 2015 – 30th 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 is the interim president of the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and former president of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. On August 13, 2012, she announced that she would step down at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year. Sean M. Decatur, then dean at Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences, was named Nugent's successor effective July 1, 2013.

Early life[edit]

She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and attended Princeton University, from which she graduated cum laude in 1973 [1]. She then attended Cornell University and received a Ph.D in classics. After earning her Ph.D, she taught at Swarthmore College and Brown University, before returning to Princeton as a professor in 1995.


She became Kenyon College's 18th 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] [4]. On President's Day, S. Georgia Nugent typically 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. After leaving Kenyon, she joined the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) as a senior fellow to lead their Campaign for the Liberal Arts [5].

On May 4, 2015 it was announced that S. Georgia Nugent would serve as the Interim President of The College of Wooster for the 2015-2016 academic year.