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Knox College, Galesburg Is Gearing up to Welcome their 20th College President

Anita Durairaj

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The current president of Knox College in Galesburg, Teresa Amott has announced her intention to retire in June 2021. That date will be creeping up very soon as it is already March.

After spending 10 years at Knox and breaking the glass ceiling for being Knox College's first woman president, Teresa Amott has accomplished so much that she has been hailed as "a transformational president" by Knox College trustee Chuck Smith.

Her administration has been a success. Underneath her leadership, President Amott has focused on cultivating a diverse and inclusive community at Knox. She is also responsible for getting Knox College's endowment to the highest it has ever been - about $200 million. When she first arrived at Knox in 2011, the endowment was only $84 million.

In addition to the milestone endowment, President Amott is also responsible for remodeling important buildings on the campus.

In light of President Amott's retirement, the 20th President of Knox College has been declared to be Andrew McGadney who will begin his term on July 1, 2021. Andrew McGadney will also become Knox College's first African American president.

In President Amott's own words about the hiring of Andrew McGadney,

This is a very exciting time in Knox's long and storied history. We are fortunate indeed that Andy will bring his remarkable record of vision and leadership to Knox. The future is very bright for the College we love.

The incoming president Andy McGadney is currently the vice president and dean of student advancement at Colby College. Knox College is already gearing up for his tenure.

What the New President Can Expect at Knox

The most pressing issue at Knox for the new president will be Covid-19. However, the logistics and the planning for handling the disease in the Knox community and Galesburg as a whole have already been implemented.

Knox is currently testing students, staff, and faculty on a routine basis for Covid-19. There is a Covid-19 dashboard on the Knox website that lists the number of people tested, quarantined, and isolated on a weekly basis. The Knox population has also demonstrated their commitment to health and safety by deciding to follow and implement the Knox Together Pledge. The pledge includes a set of guidelines and responsibilities that the individual should take to protect themselves and their community.

Andy McGadney can also expect to lead a community that is reaching out to alumi, parents, faculty, the Galesburg community, and other interested individuals. The college is hosting a virtual series called Knox Together through the Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement. The virtual events include career dialogues and sporting videos.

One problematic issue that McGadney will have to deal with is the fact that Knox admissions are down 7.5% in comparison to last year. So far, 1,980 students have been admitted into the fall class. The number of students is actually down 5% from what it was last year. Also, it remains to be seen how many of these students will actually decide to attend Knox in the fall. These figures were sent out in an email by President Ammot.

Knox remains a welcoming place for students of all races and there is a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion by the current president. There is absolutely no doubt that McGadney will continue this focus. The campus has a HOPE center where anyone can seek support when it comes to issues of racism.

In light of the recent violent events against Asian Americans, President Ammot had these words to say,

Please join us to take action against hate by advocating for the causes you believe in, standing with those you care about, and letting your voice be heard. In the hours, days, and weeks ahead, let us all join our words of condemnation to actions against hate.

Finally

The Knox community and Galesburg is most eager to welcome Andrew McGadney as the 20th President of Knox College on July 1, 2021.

Source: Knox News

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