John A. Roush took office on July 1, 1998, as the 20th president of Centre College. He grew up in Ohio and graduated from Kettering Fairmont High School, where he was active in athletics, music, and theater. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Ohio University’s Honors College in 1972, graduating summa cum laude. Active in college athletics, Roush was Ohio University’s Scholar Athlete of the Year and was a three-time Academic All-American in football. He completed his formal education at Miami University, earning a master’s degree in 1973 and Ph.D. in 1979. Roush began his career in higher education in 1972 at Miami University as an assistant football coach and then transitioned to administration in 1976, completing his work there in January 1982 as executive assistant to the president. He joined the University of Richmond in 1982 as executive assistant to the president and was named vice president for planning, executive assistant to the president, and secretary to the board of trustees in 1990.