Knox College names first female president

From The Register-Mail:

In what Knox College President Roger Taylor called a day of “excitement, joy and confidence for the future,” the college announced Monday the selection of the first woman to be its president.

Teresa Amott was elected unanimously by the Knox College Board of Trustees at its meeting Saturday to succeed Taylor after his June 30 retirement. An audience of well over 100 Knox students, faculty and staff spilled from Seymour Hall’s Skylight Room into the Lincoln Room to welcome her Monday.

“I’m a little emotional, but I understand Roger is, too, and I’m very pleased, because if your first president who choked up was a woman, that might be a problem,” joked Amott, to which the audience responded with laughter and applause. “I’m glad I don’t have to be a trailblazer on that particular point.”

Amott currently serves as provost and dean of the faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, a position she has held since 2005. She has also served as vice provost of Gettysburg College and held academic appointments at Bucknell University, Harvard University, University of Massachusetts and Wellesley College.