Antioch College Revival Resolution - 2008-06-22

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Antioch College Revival Resolution 2008
June 22, 2008

Whereas, the Antioch College Alumni Association, the College Revival Fund (CRF), the Antioch College Continuation Corporation (AC3), the Antioch College Faculty and Staff, Community Government (CG), Antioch College Action Network (ACAN), and residents of the Village of Yellow Springs have worked diligently over the last 12 months to save Antioch College by  building a business plan, negotiating principles of agreement and letters of intent, signing petitions, marching, protesting and meeting numerous times with the Antioch University Board of Trustees to reach agreement for a separate and independent Antioch College with its own board of Trustees, tenured faculty and unionized staff; and

Whereas, the College Revival Fund staff and volunteers have raised over $18 million in pledges and cash donations from generous alumni and friends to support the operations of an independent Antioch College; and

Whereas, the Antioch College Alumni Association has come together across generations and across the world in support of saving Antioch, and

Whereas, the College Revival Fund has committed resources to hire Institutional Advancement staff and set up a Nonstop Antioch office; and

Whereas, the Antioch College faculty, CG and staff and the College Revival Fund have initiated, developed and committed $1 million to support the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute as a way to sustain a core faculty and continue the “DNA” and spirit of Antioch College until the College is independent and under the authority of its own Board of Trustees and President; and

Whereas, the College Revival Fund and in support of Nonstop Antioch has embarked upon three concurrent strategies to win back Antioch College: 1) a response, with all due haste, to the Antioch University Board of Trustee’s Keene resolution to establish an independent residential Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio; 2) the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute and 3) the investigation, preparation and support of litigation; and

Whereas, the Antioch College tradition of self governance is continuing through the establishment of Excil to take the place of Adcil and the continuation of Comcil during this transition time; and

Whereas, the Antioch University Board of Trustees is following through on its plan to close Antioch College on June 30, 2008 and has laid off the majority of faculty and staff; and

Whereas, Over 400 Antioch College Alumni attended the 2008 Antioch College Reunion representing the classes of 1946 through 2011, and

Whereas, the Antioch College Alumni Association recognizes the role and value of the Antioch University campuses in adult higher education and believes that the independence of Antioch College from the University affirms their mission in adult education and strengthens both institutions; 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, social justice and celebration of diversity, and

Whereas, the Antioch College Alumni would 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 in Yellow Springs, Ohio as a residential institution of higher education with a tenured faculty, respected adjunct faculty and unionized staff 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, social justice and celebration of diversity .

2.    The Antioch College Alumni Association instructs its elected Board of Directors to continue conversations, with all due haste, with the Antioch University Board of Trustees on the following:

a.    The complete separation of Antioch College from Antioch University.

b.    The transfer of the assets of Antioch College from Antioch University including but not limited to: the name “Antioch College,” its academic and cooperative education curriculum, Glen Helen, Antioch College’s restricted endowment, Antioch Education Abroad Program, Antioch Review, the Coretta Scott King Center, the Library and Antiochiana and all its holdings, the College’s electronic data bases and other electronic documents,  WYSO radio station,  the Antioch College’s physical plant, land and all other tangible and intangible assets to an independent Antioch College non-profit corporation.

3.    The Antioch College Alumni in attendance at the 2008 Reunion 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 other units of Antioch University and other interested parties to stand with us to raise the necessary funds for our three priorities (1)funding to support an independent Antioch College, 2)Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute, and 3) litigation;  and call to action all necessary support to continue the operations of Antioch College.

Approved by a majority vote of the Antioch College Alumni Association Board of Directors at its special meeting at 6:00pm on June 21st, 2008.

Approved by a majority vote of the Antioch College Alumni at the Reunion Brunch on Sunday, June 22nd, 2008.

Respectfully submitted by:
Catherine Jordan, ‘72
Member, Antioch College Alumni Association Board of Directors and AC3