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Goucher College selects Kent Devereaux as new president. Touts his strong liberal arts, business background

Baltimore Sun logoBaltimore Sun 6/13/2019 Liz Bowie
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Goucher College announced Thursday that Kent Devereaux, currently the president of a small New Hampshire college, will take over as its new president in July.

Having led the New Hampshire Institute of Art during a time when the college overhauled the curriculum, doubled the number of applications and tripled fundraising, Devereaux has many of the skills Goucher was looking for as it adjusts to a new landscape in higher education.

Devereaux, 61, has a background in the arts and management. Before his job at NHIA he served as chair of the department of music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and as senior vice president and dean of curriculum at Kaplan University. He also traveled widely while working for editorial and product development for the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Goucher’s board of trustees voted Wednesday night on his appointment. He will begin his job on July 1, and will live on Goucher’s Towson campus with his wife, a documentary film editor.

“President-designate Devereaux distinguished himself in a highly competitive and diverse pool of candidates that advanced through a thoughtful search process. He brings the right combination of higher education leadership experience, together with business savvy from his time in the private sector,” said Ruth Lenrow, chair of the board.

Devereaux takes over from Jose Bowen, who is leaving at the end of June. Bowen announced his decision to step down last fall.

This story will be updated.

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