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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 awarded $2,000 Power of Experience Grants to all fall 2017 incoming students. The grants will support an experiential learning opportunity, including research and creative work, internships, off-campus study, and community service, during their junior or senior year.
  • Thanks to a gift from an anonymous donor, programming and schematic development for the recently acquired Second Baptist Church has begun. The church will house both Spiritual LIfe and Intercultural Life.
  • Student Development has begun implementing data-driven retention intiatives following a recent analysis of attrition data from 2011-2016.
  • 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.


  • Human Resources is in the final stages  a new and more comprehensive employee handbook and will introduce a new supervisor training program, HR 101, by the end of 2017.
  • A newly designed internal campus portal, My.Knox.Edu, was launched in March 2017, along witha new weekly e-newsletter for faculty and staff.
  • 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.


  • A new Knox Magzine website,, launched in fall 2017 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the magzine.
  • Four alumni travel programs have been completed with 73 alumni traveling to Cuba, the American Southwest, and Italy. 
  • The Black Alumni Network hosted a summer send-off picnic in Chicago for incoming students and will host special events for returning alumni at Homecoming 2017.
  • 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 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.
  • The sixth cohort of the KnoxCorps was deployed in fall 2017.
  • 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.
  • Read the entire Goal 2 Progress Report.
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Printed on Monday, December 11, 2017

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