Dr. Beverly Rodgers, chair of the Arthur E. Morgan Fellows Program, will leave Antioch College in November to accept an appointment as the vice president of academic and student affairs at Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake, Minnesota.
Rodgers chaired the program through which the College offers a rich program of symposia on a variety of important topics. She also worked closely with her colleagues and consultants to help develop the concept and curriculum of the College in preparation for the early stages of the accreditation process. “Her determination and organizational strengths were critical to all that we have accomplished in this arena,” Interim President Matthew A. Derr said.
Rodgers previously served as a co-op advisor and anthropology professor at Antioch College. She was also a leading member of the Executive Collective and a member of the faculty at the Nonstop LIberal Arts Institute. Additionally, she chaired the team charged with creating and articulating the mission of the Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom, and traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, to meet with Coretta Scott King to ask permission to name the center in King’s honor.
She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the Ohio State University. Her research has focused on contemporary cultural anthropology of nations indigenous to the Great Lakes Region of what is now the United States, in particular the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma—the nation of her ancestry.
“At this stage in the development of Antioch College, it represents a loss to our collective effort to not have Beverly at the helm of the Morgan Fellows Program,” Derr said. “We are grateful that she has agreed to continue in her role until November, thus allowing the College to make appropriate and thoughtful plans for her position going forward.”
Susan Eklund-Leen, director of work, added: “Leech Lake Tribal College is most fortunate to have Beverly joining them. I have enjoyed working with her since her arrival at Antioch College in 2002. Not only is she a great colleague, but she is a very dear friend and we will all feel her absence.”
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