Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Antioch College Trustees name new chairperson

Frances Degen Horowitz

Members of the Antioch College Board of Trustees voted unanimously during their monthly teleconference on Sunday, January 15, to appoint Frances Degen Horowitz ’54 as Board chair. Horowitz succeeds Lee Morgan ’66, who stepped down from the post to focus on College fund-raising initiatives.

“As someone who has served in leadership positions in higher education for many years, Frances is intimately familiar with all that lies ahead of us,” President Mark Roosevelt said. “I’m looking forward to working with her as we continue to assess and refine our new programs and revitalize our historic campus.”

Regarding Morgan’s Board service, Roosevelt said: “I want to publicly thank Lee for the central role he played in the fight for an independent Antioch College and the support he continues to give as we work to secure Antioch’s future.”

A prominent child psychologist, Horowitz was the vice chancellor for research, graduate studies and public service and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Kansas-Lawrence (1978-1991) before being tapped for the presidency of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (1991-2005). A specialist in developmental psychology, she’s written widely on infant behavior, early childhood development, developmental theory, and early intervention. In 2004, she was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She holds a B.A. in philosophy from Antioch College, an M.Ed. in elementary education from Goucher College, and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Iowa.

Her professional affiliations include serving as chair of the Research Support Committee of American Psychological Association, president of the Center for Research Inc., and president of the Antioch College Alumni Association. In 1996, the Antioch Alumni Association honored Horowitz with the Rebecca Rice Award for Lifetime Achievement. Serving as vice chair to the Antioch College governing board for more than three years, she oversaw the national search that led to Roosevelt’s appointment as Antioch’s president.

"We owe a significant debt of gratitude to Lee Morgan for all he has done, selflessly and tirelessly, to help restore Antioch College to its state of independence," Horowitz said. "I am honored to have been asked to serve as chair of the Antioch College Board of Trustees to continue to build upon his legacy. With the support of our alumni, and in concert with Mark Roosevelt, the faculty, the staff, and the students, as well as my Board colleagues and members of the Alumni Board, I look forward to meeting the challenges before us as we rebuild and recreate Antioch College."

Morgan is the retired president and CEO of the Antioch Company, a business founded by his father in 1926. He has provided leadership and service to more than a dozen nonprofit organizations and corporate boards, including the Morgan Family Foundation. His grandfather, Arthur Morgan (Antioch president from 1920-36), introduced the concept of cooperative education, a major innovation in higher education.

As Board chair, Morgan participated in the negotiations that led to the Board’s purchase of the campus and other College assets from Antioch University in 2009. The Board voted him into the position of vice chair. In that role, he will continue to support College fund-raising initiatives.

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