President Oxtoby's Blog
I spent an amazing evening at the annual awards ceremony of Global Green, a Los Angeles based organization with national and international impact on environmental issues, from energy use to green construction to education. CEO Les McCabe is a Claremont native who founded the organization and provides dynamic leadership.
One of my top priorities when I became president of Pomona College was to draw the College closer to the communities around us through meaningful and mutually beneficial engagement...
I was recently asked to appear on TWC's "Local Edition" to discuss the College’s sustainability efforts.
I was thrilled when I saw this month’s issue of Scientific American and read the cover story, which names the work of Jennifer Doudna ’85 as one of 10 “World Changing Ideas.” Jennifer, professor of chemistry and of molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley, and her colleagues studied the protein Cas9 in Streptococcus bacteria, and discovered a genetic mechanism in cells that allows scientists to edit DNA.
I stayed over for a day in D.C. after our Pomona College networking reception to attend the Washington Ideas Forum, an incredibly intense day of interviews with national leaders in government, business, education and culture sponsored by The Atlantic and The Aspen Institute. Quite a pace, with new speakers coming on stage every 15 to 20 minutes...
Our new Studio Art Hall, imagined by creative genius Kulapat Yantrasast and shaped by our daring faculty, is a space Steve Jobs would envy.
Last week, I went kayaking on the Los Angeles River with a group of first-year students who were getting to know Southern California – and each other – in the final days before classes began.
Dropping by Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) classrooms yesterday reminds me why the future is both hopeful and challenging. Bright students, too often from under-resourced high schools, may not see a path to college or fully understand the opportunities a college education presents over the course of their lives. Seeing the PAYS four-week summer academy, part of a year-round college preparatory program, in action affirms the role that colleges like Pomona can play in changing that narrative.
Visiting Northern Ireland, President Oxtoby Sees Colleges and Communities Working Together to Build DemocracyJune 26, 2014
I am writing this from Belfast, Northern Ireland, where I am attending a conference at Queen's University on Higher Education for Democratic Innovation. Leaders from Europe and the United States are discussing how real-world connections between colleges and their communities can create new democratic institutions and prepare students for citizenship.
Each June, I try to find time to take part in the Aspen Symposium on the Future of Higher Education because the participants and the range of topics covered go well beyond those typical of higher education meetings. This year was no exception.