Welcome back to America's leading higher education podcast! This is The EdUp Experience President Series Episode #61. In this episode, sponsored by MDT Marketing, we welcome Dr. Sean Decatur, President at Kenyon College! With a recent 100M gift, Sean and Kenyon College are doubling down on the residential experience. Sean believes that liberal arts institutions are critical to a bright future - these institutions teaching writing skills and self-efficacy development. To Sean, the benefits of a small college are about connections and belonging, which is the hard work of diversity. Sean understands that actively recruiting students, and giving them a reason to stay, is important work for the future of Kenyon College.
Sean M. Decatur became the 19th president of Kenyon College on July 1, 2013. Shortly after arriving in Gambier, he led the community in a yearlong conversation to identify the strategic initiatives that would propel the College into its third century. The result is the Kenyon 2020 Plan, which lays out three priorities: continuing to attract a diverse group of academically talented students; preparing students for post-graduation success; and building community on campus, in the region, and among the worldwide Kenyon family. In October 2018, the College announced a $300-million comprehensive campaign to support these priorities, buoyed by a $75-million lead gift, the largest in the College’s history.
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