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Engage Our Diverse, Vibrant Campus Community


Office of the President

Teresa L. Amott, 19th President of Knox College

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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One of Knox College's greatest assets is our sense of community, rooted in our historic commitment to egalitarianism, access, and outreach across campus and into the Galesburg community. Today, the idea of community at the heart of residential liberal arts colleges has expanded from the local to the global and deepened to reflect inclusivity across multiple dimensions of human experience. This broad sense of community is a core element of academic excellence in higher education. Over the next five years, the College will strengthen its culture of inclusivity through programs that foster engagement and participation across the many constituencies that make up the Knox community.

Strategic Priorities

Ensure that all Knox students, regardless of their backgrounds or the pathways that brought them to Knox, are afforded the transformational experiences that promote success at Knox and after graduation.


  • Knox's first director of spiritual life joined the Knox community in July and is working to engage students in programs and dialogues around issues that are core to being human: compassion, understanding, equality, justice.
  • Student Development and Academic Affairs continue their partnership to implement a comprehensive retention plan.
  • Student Development has restructured the campus' process for identifying and assisting students who may be experiencing academic or personal distress.
  • Knox has joined the All In Campus Democracy Challenge to increase student voter participation rates and to encourage a lifelong commitment to being informed and active citizens.
  • Read the entire Goal 2 Progress Report.

Adopt the best practices in educational and human resources initiatives to leverage the potential of our diverse campus.


  • A new associate vice president for human resources joined the Knox community in summer 2016.
  • Student Development has begun efforts to leverage potential student leaders in more strategic way, focusing on the College's Resident Assistants.
  • New internal communications we introduced during the 2014-15 academic year, including the Knox 101: Brown Bag Series and a college-wide debrief following each Board of Trustees meeting.
  • The first of a series of faculty-mandated diversity workshops was held in August 2015.
  • Read the entire Goal 2 Progress Report.

Significantly increase the number of alumni, parents, and community members engaging with Knox and volunteering on behalf of the College.


  • Two alumni travel programs have been completed—Cuba in March 2016 and the American Southwest in June 2016—and three are planned for the coming year: Cuba in December 2016, Italy in April 2017, and a Civil War Battlefield tour in September 2017.
  • The Black Alumni Network hosted a summer second-off picnic in Chicago for incoming students and will host special events for returning alumni at Homecoming 2016.
  • A newly redesigned Knox Online Community was launched in May 2015.
  • Read the entire Goal 2 Progress Report.

Build a Galesburg Partnership, a robust, mutually beneficial relationship between Knox and its home community. Work with Galesburg businesses, non-profits, and community initiatives to strengthen community ties, grow opportunities for student engagement, and inculcate a lasting commitment to service.


  • Knox was named to the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, with distinction in economic opportunity, which recognizes institutions with service programs that build economic independence, increase family stability, and create more sustainable and resilient communities.
  • Several Knox faculty, staff, and alumni are taking active roles in the Orton Family Foundation Heart & Soul Initiative to create a common set of values and goals for the Galesburg community.
  • The new Disaster Corps student club successfully offered two programs to help students, faculty, and staff become more educated and resilient.
  • The KnoxCorps program will enter its fifth year in fall 2016.
  • Read the entire Goal 2 Progress Report.
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Printed on Thursday, January 19, 2017

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