The Daily Record
August 15, 2019
With its focus on study abroad and social justice along with a reputation as an innovative school, Goucher College should be a national brand, said Kent Devereaux, who took over as the college’s president last month.
Those points may be different than what many schools view as their strengths, but the college hired a president who may also be a little nontraditional.
At first glance, Devereaux’s resume includes the traditional background for a college president. His last job was as president of New Hampshire Institute of Art, and other stops include experience as a department chair and dean of curriculum.
But those six years as dean of curriculum were spent at the online Kaplan University, now Purdue University Global. And he also did a stint as vice president for editorial and product development at Encyclopedia Britannica.
Devereaux believes these experiences will help him at Goucher. At Kaplan he became familiar with analytics and other advanced methods that can help advertise the school to new students.
He also believes he knows where a school like Goucher, founded in 1885, can excel against the growth of online universities.
“I know how online education works, and I know what it’s good at and I know what it’s not good at,” he said. “We’re going to be focusing on the things that it’s not good at.”
Devereaux plans to spend his first year at Goucher learning and listening. He has met with local leaders, including Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, and college alumni.