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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. Since our founding in 1837, we have continued 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.


  • Admission counselors recently spent two days working with a professional from Dan Tudor Collegiate Strategies to improve relationship and communication skills when recruiting prospective students.
  • 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 officially opened in January 2017.
  • Schematic design for the phased renovation of the Umbeck Mathematics-Science Center is complete, and funding has been secured to begin design development, which will run until approximately June 2017.
  • Fundraising is within $9,000 of the goal needed for a golf performance center in support of Prairie Fire men's and women's golfers.
  • The first floor of George Davis Hall (GDH) was renovated over summer 2016, thanks to generous donor funding; plans are underway to renovate the second floor during summer 2017.
  • 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.


  • The 180#forKnox campaign raised more than $200,000 from 925 donors. The campaign celebration Knox's 180th Founders Day.
  • A YouVisit virtual tour of campus launched in mid-June 2016.
  • Three KnoxStarter crowdfunding campaigns are in the works for fall 2016.
  • Above & Beyond: Initiatives for Knox has raised more than $66 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.


  • A $1.5 million renovation of the Hard Knox Cafe is scheduled for summer 2017.
  • 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.
  • Bandwidth was doubled thanks to new agreements with internet service providers.
  • Read the entire Goal 3 Progress Report.
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Printed on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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