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Ensure a Knox Education for Generations to Come


Office of the President

Teresa L. Amott, 19th President of Knox College

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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The tradition of a liberal arts education in a residential setting is resilient: and so is Knox, persisting and evolving through extraordinary economic and social changes. Now, 178 years after our founding, we continue to offer a life-changing education in a small, personalized setting. The students who graduate from Knox enter society equipped with the ideas and skills needed to lead in a changing, globalized world and to make sound choices for a more socially equitable and ecologically sustainable future. As we look toward 2018, and further beyond to 2037 and Knox’s bicentennial, this is the time to ensure that generations to come can benefit from a Knox education.

Strategic Priorities

Recruit, nurture, and sustain faculty and staff who are leaders in their fields.


  • The College's first director of spiritual life and new associate vice president for human resources both joined the Knox community in summer 2016.
  • A new vice president for student development, Anne Ehrlich, joined the Knox community on March 1, 2016.
  • Progress has been made over the last two years regarding faculty compensation.
  • Read the entire Goal 3 Progress Report.

Create a contemporary, sustainable, and accessible Knox campus featuring the design, technology, and infrastructure required for a 21st-century education.Plan intentionally and strategically to renovate existing facilities, add revenue-enhancing new facilities, and ensure that facilities are suitable for year-round programming and revenue.


  • The Whitcomb Art Center will be dedicated during Homecoming 2016, with classes starting in the new facility in January 2017.
  • The first floor of George Davis Hall (GDH) was renovated over summer 2016, thanks to generous donor funding.
  • Schematic designs for Phase 1 of the renovation of the Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center are currently in progress.
  • The architectural firm Christner, Inc. is in the pre-design stage of work on enhancement to Green Oaks Biological Field Station.
  • A learning commons was added to the Ford Center for Fine Arts.
  • Read the entire Goal 3 Progress Report.

Achieve financial equilibrium by securing the short-term and long-term funding needed to fulfill our educational mission.


  • A YouVisit virtual tour of campus launched in mid-June 2016.
  • Knox met the 1K #forKnox challenge to gain 1,000 additional donors by the end of the 2016 fiscal year on June 30, raising a record-breaking $3.8 millions for the Knox Fund.
  • Three KnoxStarter crowdfunding campaigns are in the works for fall 2016.
  • Above & Beyond: Initiatives for Knox has raised more than $60 million to date.
  • Read the entire Goal 3 Progress Report.

Ensure the long-term ability for campus operations and infrastructure to adapt to a changing environment and the associated resource availability concerns.


  • Knox is in the early stages of exploring resource sharing and disaster recovery scenarios with Carl Sandburg College and Augustana College.
  • A risk management committee has been formed and is currently completing an exercise to collect risks facing Knox.
  • Knox recently joined the Higher Education Systems and Services (HESS) consortium, providing valuable networking opportunities for administrative software and systems.
  • New management of the College bookstore and dining services have been introduced.
  • Bandwidth was doubled thanks to new agreements with internet service providers.
  • Read the entire Goal 3 Progress Report.
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Printed on Thursday, January 19, 2017

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