agrees to remain as chancellor of Antioch
The man who signed
on last year to lead Antioch University through a transitional period
has agreed to head the university for up to four more years.
At the February meeting of the Antioch University Board of Trustees, Chancellor
Jim Craiglow signed a contract that commits him to remain as chancellor
through June 2005, with the option of serving until June 2007.
The board unanimously agreed to ask Craiglow to continue as chancellor,
said the boards president, Dan Kaplan.
Weve been quite pleased with the job hes doing,
Kaplan said. The university is solid and its management is solid
right now. Thats his doing.
Craiglow was hired as chancellor in February 2002 for an 18-month period
while university administrators conducted a search for a new chancellor.
Craiglow took over for James W. Hall, who resigned unexpectedly that month.
Prior to taking the chancellor job, Craiglow served as president of Antioch
New England, a position he held for 16 years.
Before accepting the chancellor position, Craiglow had submitted his resignation
to Antioch New England with the intention of taking a years sabbatical
to write fiction, and then to return to the school to teach. Now, hes
once again putting those plans on hold.
Fundamentally, were making progress on a number of fronts,
Craiglow said of his decision to continue as chancellor. The challenges
I see are worth taking on, and are the kinds of things that continue to
give me a clear sense of purpose.
His most satisfying accomplishment in the last year, Craiglow said, is
a sense that the different parts of the university, which include Antioch
College, Antioch University McGregor, Antioch New England, Antioch Seattle
and Antioch Southern California, are working well together and communicating
more effectively than in the past.
Kaplan also cited as a success of Craiglow, better working relationships
among the university sectors.
The University Leadership Council, which consists of the five campus
presidents plus the vice chancellor of finance and development, is working
together better than it has in five or six years, he said. Craiglow
functions well as a leader, a collaborator and a facilitator. At Antioch,
those are the qualities a leader must have.
Craiglow also cited interesting ventures and exciting new program
initiatives as reasons for staying. Those ventures include the recently
begun university wide Ph.D. program in leadership and change, which, he
said, is off to a great start. The university is also exploring
a possible MBA program in Southern California as well as new doctoral
programs in Santa Barbara and Seattle, Craiglow said.
Craiglow continues to live in Keene, N.H., though neither he nor Kaplan
believe his place of residence causes difficulties in his governing the
university. I think in some ways its a strength, said
Kaplan, who stated he believed the distance may encourage a stronger
working relationship between Craiglow and Antioch College President
Joan Straumanis. Craiglow said he spends at least four working days a
month on the Yellow Springs campus.
At Antioch College, Craiglow said, were working on the critical
issues, including building the colleges endowment, improving
the rate of admissions, attempting to get a better handle on retention
and moving closer toward fiscal equilibrium.
In each of these domains were moving forward, he said.
Craiglow began his association with Antioch 27 years ago as a graduate
student at Antioch New England. He and his wife, Shelley, an assistant
professor at Keene State College in Keene, N.H., have three daughters.