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College announces new board chair, extension of full-tuition fellowships

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At their teleconference on Sunday, Jan. 15, members of the Antioch College board of trustees elected current board member Frances Degen Horowitz as the board’s new chair, replacing Lee Morgan, who will stay on the board but focus on fundraising, according to a Jan. 17 college press release.

The board also voted to extend for another year the school’s Horace Mann Fellowships, which will provide four-year, full tuition scholarships to all incoming students next fall. The school offered the Horace Mann Fellowships to all 35 students who entered in fall 2011, but had originally planned to seek tuition from the second-year class, which is projected to be 75 students. However, because fund-raising is going well for the college, board members chose to extend the Horace Mann fellowships.

“We don’t want economics to be an impediment to a high-quality liberal arts education,” Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt stated in the press release. “By providing four-year, full tuition scholarships, we make attending Antioch College a realistic option for the best and brightest students, regardless of their family’s economic situation.”

At a college Dr. Martin Luther King Day event on Monday, Jan. 16, Roosevelt stated that the college’s annual fund, which funds operations, was up 70 percent this year over last. At the end of 2011, the fund had $1.2 million, with six months of fund-raising to go, Roosevelt said.

Horowitz, of New York City, is a Antioch College alumna from 1954 and a prominent child psychologist who most recently served as president of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Before that, she was vice chancellor for research, graduate studies and public service and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Kansas-Lawrence.

Morgan, ’66, is the retired president and CEO of the Antioch Company who took part in the negotiations that led to the board’s purchase of the campus from Antioch University in 2009. He is also a principal with the Morgan Family Foundation, which provides grants to nonprofits in Yellow Springs and St. Cloud, Minn., and the grandson of acclaimed Antioch College President Arthur Morgan, who introduced the co-op education component at Antioch, a major innovation in higher education at the time.

“I want to publicly thank Lee for the central role he played in the fight for an independent Antioch College, and the support he continues to give as we work to secure Antioch’s future,” Roosevelt said in the press release.




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