Goucher College Thursday announced President Kent Devereaux’s contract has been extended through June 2027 after a unanimous vote by the school’s board of trustees.
Devereaux joined Goucher in July 2019. During the first four years of his tenure, Devereaux has simultaneously focused on strengthening and stewarding the college into the future while navigating the institution through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Building on Goucher’s legacy, Devereaux was instrumental in developing Goucher’s new strategic plan, “Cultivating Global Changemakers,” which articulates a clear vision for the college and the institution’s programs, people, and resources. Key elements of the plan include enhancing student success, expanding global education, emphasizing inclusivity, and ensuring a solid financial future through continued diversification.
Devereaux also oversaw the development of a new Campus Master Plan, a first for the college in nearly 30 years. The Campus Master Plan lays out a vision for development on Goucher’s 287-acre campus over the next 15 years oriented around a more student-centered, accessible, and sustainable future.
One of the Campus Master Plan’s cornerstone projects is the new Science Innovation Center. This new facility will offer state-of-the-art labs, interdisciplinary learning environments, and enhanced research opportunities for students and faculty, and it is the last capital project included in the college’s $100 million [UNDAUNTED] comprehensive campaign.
Devereaux’s work leading the institution has also focused on a renewed commitment to global education and diversity. Goucher continues to be a national leader in global education, study abroad, and social mobility. Under Devereaux’s leadership, the college became a founding member of the Liberal Arts College Racial Equity Leadership Alliance. He also launched the Hallowed Ground Project, a multifaceted research, education, and memorialization project that seeks to understand the history and legacy of the land the college now occupies.
Educated as a composer and visual artist whose own work creating immersive experiences often blurs the boundaries between art and technology, Devereaux came to Goucher College with more than 30 years of hands-on experience in higher education management and online technologies.
He has served in senior leadership positions and as a faculty member at four previous higher education institutions, as senior vice president and dean of curriculum at Kaplan University, and as senior vice president for editorial and product development at Encyclopedia Britannica, where he was responsible for the transformation of the venerable print publisher to an online business in the late 1990s. He was also a Fulbright fellow in Indonesia.