December 7, 2010
To the Trustees, Alumni and Friends of Antioch College:
President Roosevelt’s arrival on campus and the ongoing recruitment of students and faculty for an independent Antioch College present us with the remarkable opportunity to influence profoundly the future of higher education. The Alumni Board of the Antioch College Alumni Association is eager to support this process. In this spirit, I am pleased to present the attached Report of the Alumni Board Taskforce on Former Faculty , with the hope that it will serve as a springboard for further conversations and understandings.
Antioch College alumni refused to let their college die. The Alumni Board spearheaded the revival effort and wishes to assist the Board of Trustees Pro Tempore and the College administration in ensuring the College’s survival and continuing devotion to the core Antiochian educational values. The Alumni Board, like Antioch College itself, is in the process of examining and re-inventing itself. During that process, we saw that the Alumni Board can be a useful resource to the College in areas beyond chapterbuilding, reunion planning and fund-raising. The members of the Alumni Board would like to facilitate ongoing conversations about key areas of interest. A recent issue of interest and concern is the role of the former tenured faculty of Antioch College in the hiring of faculty for the newly emerging Antioch College curriculum.
At the conclusion of an Alumni Board retreat this October, the Alumni Board appointed the Taskforce for the purpose of providing more information concerning this issue. Alumni Board members representing a continuum of viewpoints, with the guidance of Joe Foley, Vice President of the Alumni Board, have met for many hours since their appointment two months ago. This report is the result. While the report is not an official position statement by the Alumni Board, it does offer the Taskforce’s analysis of some of the issues and identifies the places where the Taskforce members agree and disagree. It draws on the divergent narratives which are being used to describe the situation as a basis for understanding the range of alumni perceptions of the goals and procedures for moving forward.
On behalf of the Antioch College Alumni Association, I wish to express our deep gratitude to the members of the Taskforce, Judi Church ‘75, Laura Fathauer ‘95, Joe Foley ‘64, Emily Kirby ‘52, Travis Sanford ‘94 and Paula Treichler ‘65. Their report is offered in pursuit of our common goal of an excellent, vibrant and authentic Antioch College. I look forward with exhilaration to our continuing efforts toward that end.
In the spirit of community,
Nancy R. Crow, ’70
Antioch College Alumni Association