A native of Western Pennsylvania, Tom Stamp is a member of Kenyon’s Class of 1973, the first fully coeducational class at the College. He received Kenyon’s Henry G. Dalton Prize in American Studies in his senior year and went on to graduate school at Northwestern University, where he earned an M.A. After working in governmental research and development in Pittsburgh, he joined Princeton University, where he rose from editor to associate director of communications. He returned to Kenyon in 1984, following a year at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to become director of public affairs and editor-in-chief of the alumni magazine.

Now a member of the president’s staff, he serves as College historian and keeper of Kenyoniana. He regularly publishes articles and delivers lectures on aspects of the College’s history while working on a comprehensive institutional history. He also teaches as an adjunct in the Program in American Studies, offering an annual seminar in the history of American college architecture and planning and guiding occasional independent studies.

Education

1973 — Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College

— Master of Arts from Northwstrn University

Courses Recently Taught

College and university campuses, from picturesque Gothic and Georgian wonderlands to the starkly modern and utilitarian assemblages of more recent years, have long been a source of fascination for Americans. They play a large role in the romantic ideal of college life, they evoke images of privilege or openness and they increasingly are seen as a sales tool by marketers. If we look beyond the most superficial aspects of campuses though, their physical appearances can reveal a great deal about an institution's history, goals and philosophy, and even its relative place in the nation's higher-education hierarchy. This course will look at a variety of campuses and campus types — urban, suburban and rural; public and private; old and new — and end with a class project involving development of an ideal campus. Permission of instructor required. This interdisciplinary course does not count toward the completion of any diversification requirement. No prerequisite. Offered every spring.