FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REED COLLEGE PRESIDENT TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
Departure coincides with successful completion of $100 million Campaign for Reed College
Portland, OR--Reed College president Steven Koblik will leave the college this summer after a nine-year tenure to become the president of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, one of the nation's leading cultural-educational institutions. He succeeds current president Robert Skotheim, former president of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.
In a letter to Reed friends and colleagues, Koblik said "It is with genuinely mixed emotions that I have informed the chairman of the Reed board of trustees of my decision to resign as of August 31, 2001. My years at Reed have been wonderful. Together we have accomplished a great deal. I am convinced that Reed offers the finest undergraduate education in the country."
During Koblik's presidency, the college has added 15 new tenure-track positions, enhanced campus facilities, and seen the endowment triple in size to $350 million.
The school's recently completed $100 million Campaign for Reed College raised more than $112 million, primarily in support of financial aid, faculty development, and student research.
"Reed is now well poised to sustain its place in the forefront of American higher education," said Koblik. "As a financially stable and mature institution, the college will continue to build on historic strengths and traditions, take full advantage of new opportunities, and do even better what it has always done dramatically well.
"I am proud to have served in a stewardship role at this remarkable college for almost a decade," said Koblik, "and even as I anticipate my new responsibilities at the Huntington, I look forward to my new role as an unabashed friend, supporter, and observer of Reed."
Walter Mintz, chairman of the Reed College board of trustees, praised Koblik for his leadership and accomplishments as president of Reed.
"I believe that Steve Koblik will be known as one of the school's truly great presidents," said Mintz. "His energy, creativity, and uncompromising belief in Reed's commitment to intellectual rigor significantly advanced not only Reed but the broader cause of higher education, both locally and nationally. We wish him well as he moves on to his next adventure."
Koblik currently serves on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and chairs the Annapolis Group, an organization representing the country's leading colleges of the liberal arts and sciences. He was a member of Oregon governor John Kitzhaber's task force on college access and coeditedDistinctively American: The Residential Liberal Arts Colleges (Daedalus, winter 1999).
Mintz added that a presidential search committee to choose Koblik's successor will be named within the next few weeks.
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