2014 Young Centre Associate of the Year:Stephen A. Dexter
When our Young Centre Associate of the Year was a senior at Centre and president of the Student Government Association, he learned that while there was a Faculty/Staff phase of the Campaign for A More Perfect Centre, there was no formal plan for student involvement. Believing that students should be involved in securing the future of their college, he approached the Development staff about creating a Student phase of the campaign. As a result of his initiative, there is a plaque on the arch that stands between Crounse and Sutcliffe halls, symbolically connecting the two, crediting the Student Campaign for A More Perfect Centre with making the arch possible. Loyalty to Centre and an infectious enthusiasm for promoting the common good are typical of Stephen A. Dexter, Centre Class of 2004.
His activities while a student at Centre speak well of the range of his interests and his determination to get as much as possible from his college experience. In addition to serving as Student Government president, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta and the Cento staff, and he served as a phonathon caller. He also was a defensive back on the 2003 SCAC football championship team and a member of the men’s tennis team. And he still found it possible to study abroad in Strasbourg and to appear regularly on the Dean’s List.
After Centre, he enrolled at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law, where he was a member of Law Review and the Tax Moot Court team. Following his 2008 graduation from law school, he returned to Danville to join the practice of what is now Sheehan, Barnett, Dean, Pennington, Little & Dexter. In 2011, he was named city attorney for the City of Danville, a role in which he has served with distinction.
Active in community life, he has been a board member of the Wilderness Trace Community Foundation since 2009 and currently serves as its chairman. He also is a board member for the Family Services Association of Danville/Boyle County and the Heart of Danville Main Street Program. In addition, he is a member of Southland Christian Church, where he plays keyboard in the Southland Band. Despite his many professional, civic, and church involvements, he is actively engaged in efforts to promote and strengthen his alma mater, serving as a class correspondent, co-chair of the Young Associates, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association.
Stephen is married to the former Stacey Schwartz, Centre Class of 2007, and they are the proud parents of Abell Matthew Dexter.
In grateful recognition of his professional achievements, his service to church and community, and his support of the work and mission of Centre College, we are pleased to recognize Stephen A. Dexter as the Young Centre Associate of the Year for 2014.