Rosemary Allen Will Be the First Woman to Lead Georgetown College in Kentucky in Its 193-Year History

The board of trustees of Georgetown College has named Rosemary Allen as the twenty-sixth president of the liberal arts educational institution. When she takes office, Dr. Allen will be the first woman to serve as president of the college in its 193-year history.

Georgetown College enrolls just over 1,100 undergraduate students and more than 400 graduate students, according to the most recent statistics available from the U.S. Department of Education. Women make up 55 percent of the undergraduate student body.

Since 2004, Dr. Allen has served as provost and dean of Georgetown College. She is the first woman to serve in these roles at the college. Dr. Allen is also a professor of English. She was the founder and chair of Georgetown’s Honors Program from 2001-2004. Dr. Allen also has been the chair of the department of English and the division of humanities.

“Georgetown College has been my home, and the college community has been my family, for nearly 38 years. I will do everything in my power to protect and advance this college, and I am deeply honored by the opportunity to serve as its president.”

Professor Allen is a native of Frankenmuth, Michigan. She completed her undergraduate studies as valedictorian in the honors program at Hillsdale College in Michigan, earning a double major in English and history. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D., both in English literature, with a specialization in Renaissance literature from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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