Antioch College Revival Resolution - 2007-06-24

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Antioch College Revival Resolution

Antioch College Revival Resolution
June 24, 2007

Whereas, Over 500 Antioch College Alumni attended the 2007 Antioch College Reunion representing the classes of 1938 through 2007, and

Whereas, the Antioch College Alumni met in community sessions with College faculty, staff, current students, administrators, McGregor students, members of the Board of Trustees and representatives of Yellow Springs to discuss alternatives to the closing of Antioch College in June 2008, and

Whereas, the Antioch College Alumni organized working groups to monitor and manage communications with the full Alumni and external stakeholders, fund raising, governance and negotiations with the Board of Trustees, and

Whereas, The Antioch College Alumni Association has established an independent College Revival Fund and we, the Antioch College Alumni, donated over $400,000 in less than 12 hours and raised over $15,000 from a live and silent auction as a signal of our commitment and resolve to keep Antioch College open, and

Whereas, the Antioch College Alumni call upon the legacy of Horace Mann, Arthur Morgan and the thousands of Antiochians who have passed through this institution of higher education, known today as one of the colleges that produces leaders and innovators who change the world, and

Whereas, the Antioch College Alumni believe that Antioch College is worth fighting for and deserves every effort of its alumni and friends to rebuild the institution, making it whole and vibrant and able to provide a liberal arts education based in the values of community governance, cooperative education, challenging academic course work, mutual respect, intellectual freedom, free and open inquiry and celebration of diversity, and

Whereas, the Antioch College Alumni will be ashamed to let Antioch College die;

Therefore, be it Resolved that:

1.    The Antioch College Alumni are committed to the uninterrupted continuation of Antioch College as an institution of higher education with a tenured faculty.
2.    The Antioch College Alumni instructs our elected Antioch College Alumni Association Board of Directors to negotiate with the Antioch University Board of Trustees and the President of Antioch College the following:

a.    The establishment of an autonomous Board of Trustees for Antioch College.
b.    The protection of the assets of Antioch College for use by Antioch College including its faculty, staff, Glen Helen, endowment, Antioch Education Abroad Program, Library and its holdings, physical plant and land.
c.    The exploration of a merger of Antioch College and Antioch University McGregor into one entity to provide a stream of earned revenue to support an undergraduate program.

3.    The Antioch College Alumni in attendance call upon all Antioch College alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, members of the Yellow Springs Community, colleagues in higher education including members of the faculty and student bodies of McGregor School and other units of Antioch University and other interested parties to stand with us to raise the necessary funds and call to action all necessary support to continue the full operations of Antioch College.

Approved by a majority vote of the Antioch College Alumni at the Reunion Brunch on June 24, 2007

Approved by a unanimous vote of the Antioch College Alumni Association Board of Directors at its special meeting at noon on June 24, 2007

Respectfully submitted by:
Catherine Jordan, ‘72
Member
Antioch College Alumni Association Board of Directors