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New Antioch College community governance model emerges with Council of Conveners

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – November 3, 2011 – Antioch College moved closer to instituting a formal community governance process with the establishment of a Council of Conveners, Community Life Dean Louise Smith announced.

Comprised of students, staff and administrators, the council is a representative body that will be charged with working on various communitywide policies and issues, such as the campus smoking policy.

“The Council of Conveners is the next step in formalizing governance structures that have been in process since we first gathered at the start of the year,” Smith said.

Students, staff, and faculty have long participated in the College's governance. Historically, there have been two major councils: One deals with administrative policy, and the other with the quality of campus and community life.

Because of the small size of the campus community, the Community Life office adopted a small group model of community governance to give Antioch College’s newest generation of students a major say in redefining the structures for shared governance on campus.

Representative conveners are elected by small community groups that include students, faculty, staff and college administrators. Representatives were chosen at the November 2 Community Meeting.

Elected Conveners

  • Guy Matthews, student
  • Nargees Jumahan, student
  • Jenn Wheeler, student
  • Kaleigh Harris, student
  • Jennifer Jolls, assistant director of communications

Ex Officio

  • Louise Smith, dean of community life
  • Randle Charles, Resident life manager
  • Community Life assistants: Eva Erickson, Frey Acton, Eros, Sara Brooks

The Council will meet soon to define its charge and processes. More information about the Council of Conveners will be available at the November 16 Community Meeting.

About Antioch College
Antioch College is a private, independent nonprofit liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College curriculum puts equal emphasis on rigorous liberal arts learning, work (cooperative education), and community engagement. Students will complete individualized majors based on one or more of 11 concentrations, a language minor, and six full-time work experiences off campus. The institution, originally founded in 1850, is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to grant Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

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