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Teresa L. Amott, 19th President of Knox College

Knox President Teresa L. Amott
"I look forward to meeting you, members of the Knox community, and learning more about your hopes and dreams for Knox. Please share your thoughts with me at"

Dr. Teresa L. Amott has spent her adult life, as she says, on "one wonderful college tour."

She received her bachelor's degree in economics from Smith College and her Ph.D. in economics from Boston College. She began her professional career at a liberal arts college -- Wellesley College -- and experienced faculty life at larger institutions, including the University of Massachusetts, before returning to the liberal arts setting, accepting faculty and administrative positions at Bucknell University and Gettysburg College. Most recently, she served as provost and dean of the faculty of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.

"I know from my own experiences as a student, a faculty member, and an administrator, that there is no setting more powerfully suited for learning than a residential liberal arts college."

Knox's first female president followed the journey from upstate New York that George Washington Gale made 174 years ago, when he established a prairie college dedicated to access for all students regardless of race, gender, or means. "Knox was founded on the principles of inclusion and access, and my election as president is just another step in the direction established long ago," says President Amott. "I am honored to be the first woman to serve as the president of Knox College."

President Amott has high aspirations for Knox in the next 10 years. Her first steps to achieving them as the 19th president are rooted in getting to know the Knox community and listening to their hopes and dreams. "I look forward to meeting with the people who are Knox -- on campus, in Galesburg, and across the country -- to build a shared and expansive vision for Knox's future. What does the Knox community want for the future? How do they see their best selves?"

Please share your hopes and dreams for Knox's future with President Amott -- e-mail her at