S. Georgia Nugent, Ph.D., president emerita of Kenyon College, joined Illinois Wesleyan University as interim president in August 2019 and was appointed as the institution’s 20th president on November 14, 2019. She is the University’s first woman president.
A widely published scholar of the classics and of higher education, Nugent earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a doctorate from Cornell University. Nugent served at Princeton as assistant to the president, associate provost, and dean of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and as professor of classics at Princeton and Brown universities. She also taught on the classics faculties of Cornell, as well as Swarthmore College and Kenyon. Nugent served as president of Kenyon College from 2003 to 2013. She later served as interim president at The College of Wooster during the 2015-16 academic year. Nugent is also a senior fellow at the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), where she is an advocate for the value of liberal arts education.