Trollinger Named Citizen of the Year

Posted by Monica Hoel
Richard Trollinger (E&H ’71) has been named Danville, Kentucky, citizen of the year.

The Danville-Boyle Country Chamber of Commerce recently announced their 2019 Citizen of the Year: Richard Trollinger.. The award is given annually to those who have volunteered numerous hours to benefit the local community and humanity.

Trollinger has served Centre College since 1994, and in 1996 was named vice president for college relations. His fundraising efforts for the college and the community have been described as “transformative.” 

He was also co-chair of the Steering Committees for the Vice-Presidential Debates held on the Centre campus during the U.S. presidential elections of 2000 and 2012.

A tireless professional, Trollinger’s name is well-known in philanthropy circles and he has co-authored a book on raising money for colleges and universities entitled Philanthropy and American Higher Education.

He is a devoted community volunteer, active with the Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership, and serving as vice chair and chair of that organization. He is a member of the Danville Rotary Club and the Presbyterian Church of Danville. He served as chair of the Kentucky School for the Deaf Charitable Foundation, has been a board member for the Wilderness Trace Child Development Center, and has served as a board member for the Heart of Kentucky United Way.

Trollinger is a 1971 graduate of Emory & Henry, earning a bachelor’s degree in religion and economics. He served his alma mater as a professional for many years, establishing the college’s fundraising office and serving in the roles of vice president for development and alumni director. He also led the college’s first capital funds campaign, and he served as interim president in 1991.

He earned an M.ED. from Vanderbilt University in 1998, where he graduated with a higher education administration degree with a concentration in institutional advancement. He earned a master’s in philanthropic studies from Indiana University in 2002. And in 2009, he earned a Ph.D. in higher education studies from the University of Kentucky.

Read the full story on the Centre College webpage.

  • Richard Trollinger, E&H Class of 1971.

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