Campaign Direction

With the energy and enthusiasm of more than 17,000 alumni and friends, our destination is clear: to equip the next generation of Kenyon graduates with the knowledge and skills, courage and confidence to propel society forward. 

During the 2018-19 academic year, we carried the intensity of the campaign across the country, visiting Boston, Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Each regional event highlighted different aspects of a Kenyon education — from the role of liberal arts in policy and technology to accessibility in higher education.

Check back for more information about upcoming regional and on-campus events.

Our Path Forward Campaign Kickoff: October 12-13, 2018

On Saturday, Oct. 13, Kenyon announced the public launch of its largest fundraising campaign ever, titled Our Path Forward: The Campaign for Kenyon. The $300 million comprehensive campaign funds the vision of the Kenyon 2020 strategic plan and prepares the College for its third century.

The transformative power of the Kenyon experience was on display throughout the weekend. Scroll through the galleries below.

Our Path Forward in Boston

Led by Harvey Lodish ’62 P’89 GP’21 H’82,  alumni and parents joined President Sean Decatur and Kenyon changemakers for a special evening celebrating how the liberal arts are transforming the future of scientific discovery, industry and education.

Panelists included Catherine Kenworthy Allan '93, associate director at Boston Children's Hospital; John E. Hofferberth, professor of chemistry at Kenyon; Laurence J. N. Cooper '86 P'15, CEO of Ziopharm Oncology Inc. and visiting professor at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; and William P. Rice '66, executive chairman of Anchor Capital Advisors LLC. Guests also heard from Brackett B. Denniston '69, chair of the Kenyon College Board of Trustees and James J. Greenwood '02, president of the Kenyon College Alumni Council.

Our Path Forward in Washington, D.C.

Alumni and parents joined President Sean Decatur and Kenyon changemakers for a a special evening celebrating how the liberal arts are transforming the way we do business, make policy and educate our public.

Panelists included U.S. Congresswoman Lizzie Pannill Fletcher '97; Hope Harrod '98, educator and 2012 Teacher of the Year; Joe Lipscomb ’87 P’19, co-founder of Arborview Capital; and Rob Samit '78, entrepreneur and founder of MyEyeDr.com. Guests also heard from Rachel Berger '11, finance director for Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and Matt Voorhees '95, CEO and co-founder of Anybill Financial Services.

Our Path Forward in New York City

Led by Rod O’Connor '80 P'07 and David Horvitz '74 H'98, alumni and parents joined President Sean Decatur and Kenyon changemakers for a special evening celebrating how Kenyon and other leading colleges are transforming the face of higher education.

Panelists included Aileen Hefferren '88, chief executive of Prep for Prep; Harrison David Rivers '04, visiting assistant professor of drama at Kenyon; Barry Schwartz '70 H'15, vice chairman at MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated and for the Board of City University of New York; and Matt Winkler ’77 P’13 H'00,co-founder and editor-in-chief emeritus at Bloomberg News. Guests also heard from Rod O'Connor '80 P'07, president of ROC Group Inc., and Julia Tidona '14, digital payments product manager at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and founder of the Kenyon Professional Women’s Network.

Our Path Forward in Chicago

Led by Rose Brintlinger Fealy ’84 and Jim Parker ’81 P’10, alumni and parents joined President Sean Decatur and Kenyon changemakers for a deep dive on the future of liberal arts education.

Panelists included Manjul Bhusal Sharma '16, a TMT credit analyst at PPM America, Inc.; Caitlin Cody '05, vice president/group director for creative strategy at DigitasLBi; Bob Lind '83 P'15, principal and fonding partner at Lind Capital Partners, LLC; and Bill Lowry '56 H'99, retired executive for Inland Steel Co. and the MacArthur Foundation. Guests also heard from Elly Deutch Moody '08, digital communications manager for McDonald's Corporation, and Chris Toft '89, vice president of development for Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Our Path Forward in San Francisco

Led by Wendy Webster P'18, alumni and parents joined President Sean Decatur and a panel of alumni who are opening new territory in tech, television, green energy and product design — defining 21st century liberal arts in the process.

Panelists included Judy Hoff Gilbert '91, chief people office at Zymergen Inc.; Samie Kim Falvey '96, president of Imagine Television ; Sheldon Kimber '99, CEO and founder or Intersect Power; James Monsees '02, co-founder and chief product officer of JUUL Labs; and Matt Winkler '77 P'13 H'00, co-founder and editor-in-chief emeritus at Bloomberg News. Guests also heard from Alan Rothenberg '67 P'96 H'10, president of Huret, Rothenberg & Co.; Alberto Solis '11, head of customer success at Remind; and Wendy Webster P'18, Kenyon College Trustee and Campaign Leadership Committee Member.