Amott Named President of Knox College – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Amott Named President of Knox College

Teresa Amott, who has served as provost and dean of faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 2005, has been named president of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She is the first woman to lead Knox, a 174 year-old liberal arts college known for its innovative immersion, study abroad and public service programs.

“Teresa will be greatly missed by her colleagues and friends here on campus and within the Geneva community where she currently serves on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club,” says President Mark D. Gearan. “This is a wonderful opportunity for her, one that she is well-prepared to undertake. I look forward to seeing all that she will accomplish at Knox.”

Amott came to Hobart and William Smith in July 2005 having previously served as the vice provost at Gettysburg College and the chair of the economics department at Bucknell University. During her time at HWS, she successfully guided the Colleges through an important Middle States Review, laying the foundation for the reaccreditation process in 2014. She was instrumental in the development of the Rosensweig Learning Commons, helping to create a true center for academic life on campus. Through her work with the Center for Teaching and Learning, The Finger Lakes Institute and the Offices of Community Engagement and Study Abroad, she has expanded opportunities for learning both here in Geneva and around the world.  But perhaps most important has been her role in hiring new faculty, where her decisions have helped shape the nature of academia at HWS. 

“Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Geneva have been a wonderful home to me for the past six years,” says Amott. “I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had here and treasure the many friendships I’ve made with faculty, staff, students, trustees and community members.”

An economist by training, Amott holds a Ph.D. from Boston College and a B.A. from Smith College. She is co-author of Race, Gender, and Work: A Multicultural Economic History of Women in the United States.

The Colleges have named Professor of Economics Pat McGuire as interim provost and dean of faculty. A longtime HWS faculty member, respected scholar and innovative teacher, McGuire will begin his new duties this summer and will serve for one year while the Colleges conduct a national search for a permanent replacement.