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President Teresa L. Amott

Knox President Teresa L. AmottDr. Teresa L. Amott is the 19th president of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She is the first woman to lead the 175-year-old institution.

Prior to assuming her post at Knox College, President Amott spent six years as provost and dean of the faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) in Geneva, New York. At HWS, she helped design and implement the strategic plan focused on expanding the academic program and faculty, increasing faculty diversity, and renovating the academic facilities. She also helped formulate and execute HWS's $200 million campaign to construct a new performing arts center, renovate the student center and athletics facilities, and enhance information technology services.

President Amott helped build a unique collaboration between HWS and the Geneva community to develop community-based research projects to improve the area. Projects covered such diverse areas as energy efficiency, neighborhood revitalization, and childhood obesity. She has been active in the Boys & Girls Club, and is an enthusiastic volunteer in the local community, supporting efforts to advocate for those in need.

Before joining HWS, she was vice provost at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, from 2000-2005. She has held academic appointments at Bucknell University, Harvard University, University of Massachusetts - Boston and Amherst, and Wellesley College.

Educated in economics, President Amott holds a Ph.D. from Boston College and a B.A. from Smith College. Her research has focused on the labor market experiences of women and people of color. She is co-author of "Race, Gender, and Work: A Multicultural Economic History of Women in the United States" (with Julie Matthaei).

President Amott brings a unique global perspective to Knox. Born in Bolivia to a Brazilian mother and a United States Foreign Service father, she lived and studied abroad much of her childhood.