Thoughts on the Aftermath of Recent Events
By Sean Decatur
“We were all drawn to Kenyon because we have hope, not only for a more just future, but for our ability to shape that future.”
June 15, 2020
Kenyon has announced plans to resume in-person instruction for fall semester. Read more here.
“We were all drawn to Kenyon because we have hope, not only for a more just future, but for our ability to shape that future.”
Kenyon’s commitment to celebrating our community’s achievements took the form of a virtual Honors Day Convocation.
Things are not “business as usual,” so let’s make time for exchanges that aren’t strictly business, for those smaller moments of humanity that fortify our souls.
Strong relationships among students and faculty helped President Decatur’s biochemistry seminar adapt to an online format.
President Decatur shares the “pop culture serotonin” helping him get through today’s unsettling times.
Television visionary Samie Kim Falvey ’96 will address the Class of 2020 as Kenyon’s first Asian American Commencement speaker.
A revised statement of mission and values for the College expresses Kenyon’s purpose more clearly and succinctly than before.
Human rights leader Loretta Ross headlines Kenyon’s annual MLK Day celebration.
Kenyon will develop a science-writing initiative with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Ian Smith, director of facilities at Indiana’s Earlham College, will join Kenyon in a newly configured senior staff position.
Kenyon launches an internal search for a new chief academic officer as Provost Joe Klesner plans to depart the position in June 2020.
Kenyon’s new library, its steel framework nearly completed, will be named for the College’s 13th president, Gordon Chalmers.
Beloved traditions welcome new students to Kenyon and mark the beginning of another academic year.
A new work by acclaimed American artist Richard Serra will be installed at Kenyon.
A new public award named for Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López ’93 honors his commitment to plural and inclusive democracy.
President Sean Decatur is a newly elected member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Students discuss literature and forge friendships in Kenyon’s first prison-exchange course.
President Decatur meets with other college leaders to further a commitment to expanded access for lower-income students.
The Gambier Deli reopens while new student apartments are prepped.
Michael Bloomberg’s gift to Johns Hopkins University reminded me of the power a gift has to move our collective thinking.
Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, winner of nine Grammy Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Music, will address the Class of 2019.
We are not brought together here at Kenyon merely to learn how to be civil in the face of growing incivility; we are here to learn how to be decent in the face of growing indecency.
Dedicated faculty and staff are recognized at Founders’ Day as new students swear a revised Matriculation Oath.
An updated Matriculation Oath honors key aspects of a Kenyon education and invites new students to share in this commitment.
Kenyon has launched a $300 million comprehensive fundraising campaign, the most ambitious in College history.
President Decatur reflects on how years of a liberal arts education have been a source of strength while caring for an elderly parent.
How the examples of Aretha Franklin and Dr. James Cox '60 can inspire us to lead lives of grace and impact.
Riding in Pelotonia is a great experience, and one of the things I enjoy about cycling is the opportunity to let my mind wander.
An expanded cancer research partnership marks Kenyon’s seventh year hosting Pelotonia, a charity bike ride.
Kenyon’s president addresses Stanford University chemistry graduates and shares lessons on science in the liberal arts.
Colleen Garland, now at Ohio Wesleyan University, will join Kenyon on July 1 as vice president for advancement.
President Decatur reminds graduating seniors that thinking broadly and deeply can be more important than thinking fast.
A chemistry course taught by President Sean Decatur sheds light on the wonder of bioluminescence.
Jelani Cobb, one of America’s most insightful writers on the topic of race, headlines two events at Kenyon.
President Decatur reflects on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
With extensive renovations complete, the Kenyon Bookstore embraces its role as a vital community hub.
The way forward is not a choice between free speech and inclusion, but rather a fusion.
We need concrete plans and actions on how to move us closer to our aspirations of being a community where free expression is not in opposition to inclusion, but where these two principles work in harmony.
Acclaimed statistician and journalist Nate Silver will address the Class of 2018 at Kenyon’s 190th Commencement.
As an new semester begins, we consider the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and our responsibility to make his vision a reality.
Oliver VandenBurg '20 spreads holiday cheer by caroling door to door — and reveals a musical talent that may have you doing a double take!
When “elite” institutions fail to connect with the fabric of America, we must examine and amend our shortcomings.
Thanksgiving break is a moment to breathe, reflect, and, in the words of Gladys Knight, think of good reasons to keep on keepin’ on.
Founders’ Day recognizes leaders throughout Kenyon history and welcomes a new class through the Rite of Matriculation.
President Sean Decatur reflects on how the inherent tension between civility and free speech will lead the way to progress.
Alumni of the Kenyon Educational Enrichment Program return to campus this weekend to celebrate a decade of KEEP.
Barry F. Schwartz '70 H'15 kicks off a $20 million effort to expand need-based financial aid.
Nearly 500 new students join the Kenyon community to engage in the "power of rigorous inquiry and knowledge."
Our shared values require us to reject clearly and unequivocally the forces of racial hatred and bigotry.
President Decatur announces an effort to raise $20 million to establish the President's Fund for academic excellence and diversity.
Kenyon will receive a $1 million grant to engage underrepresented students in the natural sciences.
Last year we pledged our commitment to a carbon-neutral Kenyon, and all of us feel the urgency in meeting that goal.
On Saturday, May 20, 445 members of the Class of 2017 will be recognized at Kenyon's 189th Commencement ceremony.
Kenyon joins the American Talent Initiative effort to expand access to lower-income students.
President Sean Decatur visits SXSWedu to discuss the future of liberal arts colleges and answer some of the big questions facing college presidents.
President Sean Decatur writes about the importance of recognizing hard-working but lesser-known members of the Kenyon community during Unsung Heroes Week.
Kenyon students, faculty and staff learn a new skill: lightsaber combat.
President Sean Decatur shares his list of "pop culture treats" to brighten up a February day.
Janet Lape Marsden joins Kenyon as associate vice president for communications.
President Sean Decatur shares his thoughts on how Kenyon can commit to reducing inequality and increasing opportunity for all students.
These 10 Kenyon web stories were the most popular in 2016.
For 12 days in December, we celebrated one dozen of the things that make Kenyon special, in a riff on the classic song "The 12 Days of Christmas."
WKCO signs off on another year at Kenyon with a festive in-studio performance of "Deck the Halls."
The Church of the Holy Spirit's bells rang 526 times to represent each donation to the Kenyon Fund during the College's second Bell-A-Thon on Nov. 29.
Creating a playlist is a way for me to respond to events happening around us. This playlist is a reflection of the mixture of emotions that I have felt, and emotions that others have shared with me, over the past week.
Star basketball coach Shaka Smart ’99 will deliver the Commencement address for the Class of 2017.
Jon Lorsch, the director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, shares insight into the state of biomedical research funding in the U.S.
We will fail to create a community inclusive of religious difference until we can do the work of listening and empathizing across boundaries of faith.
Thousands of Pelotonia bicyclists pedaled into Gambier for the fifth year in a row to support cancer research.
Kenyon has hired an independent compliance auditor to undertake a comprehensive review of the College’s Title IX policies.
President Sean Decatur addresses the Class of 2016 at Commencement.
Talking with students at the inaugural "Celebration of High-Impact Practices" reminds the president of his own undergraduate research experience.
The overarching priorities of the Kenyon 2020 vision frame our regular work on campus and guide our movement into the future.
Kenyon joins more than 640 colleges and universities in the effort to create a sustainable future by embracing an American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
The story of Flint should be a constant reminder of the need to keep the concepts of citizenship and ethics front and center in education.
The messages in David Bowie’s music resonate with an essential part of a liberal arts education, writes President Sean Decatur.
President Sean Decatur gives the keynote speech at the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame ceremony.
The College Scorecard has both potential and limitations in how it evaluates the impact of an education.
A Kenyon alumna is ready for the challenge of connecting people of all beliefs in her new role as College chaplain and leader of an Episcopal parish.
We are — to borrow a phrase from Cleveland — “all in” for Kenyon’s success.
President Sean Decatur gives advice to the Class of 2015.
A campus installation reinforces the need for the Kenyon community to embrace the challenge of building bridges to overcome walls.
The discussion of the disruptive force of technology on education was ubiquitous at last week's SXSWedu.
How the closing of Sweet Briar College and the life of Carl Djerassi ’43 bring Kenyon's 2020 plan into clearer focus.
Students organize "Unsung Heroes" week to thank the individuals who keep campus running in the winter.
The Kenyon College Board of Trustees has approved the budget for the next fiscal year, increasing financial aid and tuition and fees.
Here are the ten Kenyon web stories that were most popular in 2014.
Members of the Kenyon community weigh in on recent events in New York, Cleveland and Ferguson, Mo.
President Decatur writes on the conversations that recent events in Cleveland, Ferguson and New York provoke.
“Dancing with the Kenyon Stars” raises money for a local cause.
Children, dogs and bats keep Kenyon’s president grounded at home in Cromwell Cottage.
When undergraduate education is put under the microscope, few areas generate as much scrutiny (and at times controversy) as athletics.
President Sean Decatur hosts a town meeting with Kenyon parents.
President Decatur addresses anonymous offensive speech via social media for Inside Higher Ed podcast.
A liberal arts education is excellent preparation for success in a range of careers.
A new award commends significant, “quiet” contributions to the community.
President Sean Decatur hosts a town hall meeting with the Kenyon alumni community.
A new Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will enhance Kenyon education and community.
President Decatur reflects on his summer and looks forward to the new academic year.
Last week saw the beginning of construction for the restoration of Middle Path, a project long in planning and discussion.
Pelotonia is an opportunity for alumni to climb the Hill and fight cancer along the way.
In honor of Sean Decatur's first year as Kenyon's president, here is a look back at his most memorable moments on social media.
Kenyon will add a vice president for student affairs to build on management strengths in the division that guides student life.
Heidi Hansen McCrory, now at Sweet Briar College, joins Kenyon as vice president for college relations.
A new report shows that liberal arts graduates are prepared for long-term success.
The holidays are just not the same without a snow-filled Old Kenyon.
February 11, 1990. I was a senior in college, living in an off-campus house with two housemates and a mildly psychotic cat. Almost all of the streets in the town of Swarthmore are named after colleges; I lived on Kenyon Avenue (one of those strange…
President Decatur's talk “Is There a Future for Liberal Arts?” at the City Club of Cleveland is featured on Huffington Post Education.
Relive President Decatur’s Kenyon College installation and the whirlwind of festivities surrounding it—including Old Kenyon like you’ve never seen—told through Twitter and Instagram.
Help tell the story of Sean Decatur’s inauguration as Kenyon College’s 19th President by using the hashtag “#WELCOMEDECATUR” when you post to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine.
All eyes will be on Old Kenyon Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. when—as the bell peals 19 times in honor of Kenyon’s 19th president—light will pour out from the building’s front-facing windows, illuminating the south end of Middle Path for the first time in a decade.
GAMBIER, Ohio (March 18, 2013) Sean M. Decatur, an emerging national leader in higher education, has been selected as the 19th president of Kenyon College. The Kenyon College Board of Trustees voted…