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College names Louise Smith new director of community life

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On June 22, Antioch College announced that Louise Smith, former Antioch professor of theater, will be the college’s new director of community life, a position which is on the revived college’s  senior leadership team.

“This is a critical, central job for the college as we move forward. We found the right person with the right set of skills to do this work. I’m so pleased to be welcoming Louise back to Antioch College,” Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt stated in a press release.

The director of community life, a newly created position, will “lead the coordination of student life initiatives, student orientation, student leadership, outreach, residential life and efforts to see students through to graduation,” and the student life program she directs will “refine the Antioch College tradition of community governance” among other responsibilities, according to the press release.

Smith, an actress and performance artist as well as a licensed clinical therapist, earned a degree in theater from Antioch College in 1977, after which she moved to New York City and worked as a professional actor. In 1994 she joined the Antioch faculty as chair of the theater department, a job she held until the college closed in 2008. Along with her degree from the college, Smith holds a masters in community counseling, with licensure, from the University of Dayton. Since the college closed, she has been working as a mental health therapist.

This week, Antioch College also announced that it has filled the fourth out of six tenure-track faculty positions. Chicago artist Sara Black will assume the position as the college’s assistant professor of 3-D Art.

For the past five years, Black has taught in the performance and sculpture departments at Northwestern University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has had solo and collaborative exhibitions in a variety of places, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, The Park Avenue Armory, The Betty Rymer Gallery and Gallery 400.

She and Smith will both begin their new positions in July.

For a more extended article, see the June 30 issue of the Yellow Springs News.


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