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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 introduced the Power of Experience Grants, which will provide all incoming students with $2,000 to support an experiential learning opportunity, including research and creative work, internships, off-campus study, and community service, during their junior or senior year.
  • The new director of spiritual life joined the Knox community in May 2017.
  • Student Development and Academic Affairs continue their partnership to implement a comprehensive retention plan.
  • Two additional cultural centers—Harambee House and Q & A House—were recently designated to complement the College's existing cultural centers.
  • 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 newly designed internal campus portal, My.Knox.Edu, was launched in March 2017, along witha new weekly e-newsletter for faculty and staff.
  • A new associate vice president for human resources joined the Knox community in summer 2016.
  • The hiring orientation process has been enhanced to ensure that each new employee receives the same comprehensive information regarding employment at Knox.
  • 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.


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 has developed a four-year civic action plan to further its efforts to reach out to the Galesburg community and grow a mutually beneficial partnership.
  • 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 KnoxCorps program celebrates its fifth anniversary.
  • Read the entire Goal 2 Progress Report.
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Printed on Thursday, October 19, 2017

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