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Antioch College board confronts challenges

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The Antioch College Pro Tempore Board of Trustees held its quarterly meeting in Yellow Springs last weekend, including a session open to the public on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Herndon Gallery. Board members attending were Chair Lee Morgan, Nick Boutis, Nancy Crow, Tandaji Ganges, Frances Horowitz, Joyce Idema, Prexy Nesbitt, Edward Richard, Barbara Winslow and new members David Goodman and Greg Avis. Also attending was new Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt.

The board heard reports on various aspects of the college’s progress toward its goal of welcoming its first class of 25 students next fall. According to consultant Len Clark, who is overseeing the process of gaining accreditation, a recent visit by a peer review team from the Ohio Board of Regents seemed favorable, although the college has not yet received the official report. If the OBR grants the college the capacity to give degrees, Antioch will be able to take the next step, which is applying to be a candidate for accreditation from the North Central Association. That process could begin soon if the OBR recommends the college for degree-granting status, but will take several years in all, Clark said.

At several points in the afternoon, the board was urged to reconsider the college’s relationship with former Antioch College tenured faculty.

While the college faces huge challenges, President Roosevelt emphasized his enthusiasm for  the challenges ahead, and called on all segments of the Antioch community to work together.

For a more detailed report of the meeting, see the Jan. 27 Yellow Springs News.


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