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development of St. Lawrence’s popular business in the liberal arts major, an environmental literacy requirement, and in-demand programs such as a statistics major and public health minor. Off- campus study programs expanded during his tenure to include 30 programs in more than 20 countries, including St. Lawrence’s innovative Liberal Arts in New York City semester and the Sustainability Program in Canton. Fox prioritized creating a more inclusive campus, including the Presidential Diversity Commission and hiring the University’s first associate dean for diversity and inclusion. Since his arrival in 2009, St. Lawrence’s total enrollment accounted for the broadest geographical representation ever in the University’s 164-year history, with U.S. students of color and international students making up more than one-fifth of the current student body. In 2018, St. Lawrence received the prestigious Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, which recognizes institutions that use innovative and creative approaches to make significant, well-planned, well-executed, and well-documented progress toward comprehensive internationalization. The community will also be saying goodbye to one of its strongest supporters in Lynn Fox. As presidential spouse, she brought decades of communications experience working at the highest levels of Washington, D.C., public policy and strategic leadership and found ways to leverage her professional expertise into collaborations with alumni, parents, faculty, and students at St. Lawrence. She has worked with trustees on an innovative program of outreach to alumnae, co-teaches a course about President William L. Fox ’75 to Retire in June 2021 William L. Fox ’75 and Lynn Fox. Photo by Alexander Kusak ’12. Search Committee for the 19th President of St. Lawrence University: Marion Roach Smith ’77, Trustee, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee Grant Cornwell ’79, President, Rollins College; former Dean of Academic Affairs (2002-2007) William Cowan ’86, P’24, Trustee Mark Denaci, Associate Professor of Art & Art History Kimberly Flint-Hamilton, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Grace Huang, Charles D., Sarah & John D. Munsil Associate Professor of Government Musa Khalidi, Executive Director, International Admissions Shauna King ’79, Trustee Ashley Jeffress Ladd ’13, McCurdy-Sprague Trustee Ronnie Olesker, Associate Professor of Government Trip Samson ’80, P’16, Trustee Cortney Terrillion ’99, former President, Alumni Executive Council Molly Thompson ’22, President, Thelomathesian Society Madeleine Wong, Associate Professor of Global Studies and endowed Trustee Professor in Public Health in the Arts, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Studies Ex-Officio Michael Ranger ’80, P’17, Board Chair and Jennifer Curley Reichert ’90, Board Vice Chair stlawu.edu/presidential-search the Federal Reserve, and is a founding board member of the North Country Women’s Leadership Initiative, a partnership among four universities in Northern New York. “The invitation to serve St. Lawrence is the greatest honor of my life,” he wrote in his message to the community. “There is every reason, whether the lines are difficult or pleasant, for us to believe together that this year, this year, can be the best of the many Lynn and I have shared with you.” n While Fox’s departure will come near the end of an extended academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he has committed to presiding alongside St. Lawrence’s next president during the Commencement for the Class of 2020, which was postponed until Aug. 1, 2021. He will also attend next year’s Reunion, scheduled for July 15-18, 2021. Meet the Class of 2024 St. Lawrence welcomed the Class of 2024 to a re-engineered three-semester academic calendar with both on-campus learning and virtual enrollments. Despite the pandemic, enrollment goals were met and remain consistent with last year. Highlights from the Class of 2024 include: • The class represents 32 states and 33 countries. • Students who were involved in community service make up 81 percent of the class. • Nearly 80 percent participated in leadership activities. • Fourteen percent of first-year students are domestic students of color. • International students represent 10 percent of the class to date, up slightly from last year. • The North Country representation is 11 percent of the class. • New York state residents represent 38 percent of the class. • Recruited athletes make up 42 percent of the class, and legacies represent 15 percent. • The academic profile remains strong and consistent with last year as 40 percent of first-year students ranked in the top tenth percentile of their graduating classes. working groups to respond to the financial challenges, and then envisioned a bold next chapter for the University. Under his leadership, St. Lawrence’s endowment has grown nearly 70 percent to about $320 million, in addition to producing nearly $140 million in endowment income, as Fox remained steadfast in his pursuit to ensure the brightest future for his alma mater. He has led the University to record fundraising results as The Campaign for Every Laurentian has raised more than 80 percent of its $225 million goal. The Campaign will continue to be a priority during his final year, with a focus on critical funding priorities that allow for innovation and the delivery of a 21st-century liberal arts experience for all students. With campus colleagues, he brought that vision to life through the Strategic Map, which shaped a decade of tremendous growth for the institution. During his tenure, the University implemented a distinctive new curriculum that included the St. Lawrence University President William L. Fox ’75 announced his plan to retire on June 30, 2021, after 12 years at the helm of his undergraduate alma mater. He shared the news with the campus community on Tuesday, Aug. 4. “Bill Fox’s inspiring leadership for more than a decade deserves the highest praise,” said Board of Trustees Chair Michael Ranger ’80, P’17. “While we have known for some time that Bill intended to retire in 2021, it doesn’t make this moment any easier. Bill’s legacy is one that will be felt by every future generation of Laurentians.” Fox became the 18th president and senior lecturer in history of his undergraduate alma mater on July 1, 2009, after serving as president and senior lecturer in philosophy, religion, and history at Culver- Stockton College from 2003 to 2009. He began his presidency as St. Lawrence and other colleges and universities were facing the effects of a serious recession. He commissioned two all-campus “The pandemic presented unheard of circumstances for the recruitment of this class, and I want to thank every member of the Laurentian community for the outstanding job that we did in yielding the Class of 2024. Every area of campus contributed to the admissions effort during the past year and I continue to be grateful for your commitment to St. Lawrence University.” – Florence Hines Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid stlawu.edu/magazine Fall 2020 | | St. Lawrence University Magazine 6 7 NEWS & NOTES NEWS & NOTES