Richard W. Trollinger, a veteran college administrator, serves as vice president for College Relations at Centre College, a highly selective liberal arts college located in Danville, Kentucky. A successful educational fundraiser for more than three decades, he studies and writes about philanthropy as a means of effecting positive social change. As a first-generation college student who relied heavily on the kindness of strangers for his own education, he has been especially concerned with extending educational opportunity to the economically disadvantaged.
Dr. Trollinger is a board member and former chair of the Kentucky School for the Deaf Charitable Foundation. His doctoral dissertation, which examines the impact of transformational gifts on colleges and universities, was recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with its top award for research relating to the role of philanthropy in advancing higher education institutions. His interest in high-impact philanthropy was again put to use in a 2009 study (Time is of the Essence: Foundations and the Policies of Limited Life and Endowment Spend-Down) that he and Dr. John Thelin conducted on behalf of the Aspen Institute.
He holds degrees from Emory & Henry College (BA), Vanderbilt University (MEd), Indiana University (MA), and the University of Kentucky (PhD).