Notes from Ransom Hall: A Higher Ed Blog

Sean Decatur

Hometown  —  Gambier, OH

Sean Decatur, an emerging national leader in higher education, became  the nineteenth president of Kenyon College on July 1, 2013. A champion of the liberal arts, President Decatur earned a bachelor's degree at Swarthmore College and a doctorate in biophysical chemistry at Stanford University. 

The Power of Dissent

By Sean Decatur on November 13, 2019

Nourishing an environment where activism is not only accepted, but encouraged, only serves to bolster the educational experience at Kenyon. With that in mind, the College recently adopted revisions to its protest policy to affirm the College’s commitment to free expression, protect the right to peaceful demonstration and provide clear guidance to all members of our Kenyon community. 

Continuing the Revolution

By Sean Decatur on September 19, 2019

The great feminist poet, scholar and activist Audre Lorde wrote, “Revolution is not a one-time event. It is becoming always vigilant for the smallest opportunity to make genuine change in established, outgrown responses.”

A New Generation of Activism

By Sean Decatur on April 16, 2019

In creating a student award in his honor, Leopoldo López’s family, friends and fellow alumni are keeping his spark and his story alive, ensuring that generations of Kenyon students will see the promise and the value of a life lived in pursuit of a higher public calling.

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