Dear Knox Community,
I write today to share the news that Keith Archer, vice president for finance and administrative services, has accepted the position of vice president for finance and treasurer of the college at our sister ACM institution, Grinnell College. Keith’s last day at Knox will be June 30, and I am confident that during the coming months we will lay a strong foundation for his successor.
During Keith’s time at Knox, he has provided leadership and vision for a number of the College’s core services, including the business office, facilities, human resources, dining services, campus safety, and the bookstore. Under his guidance, human resources, dining services, campus safety and the bookstore were reorganized and modernized, and the College successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements. He chaired the College’s Institutional Planning and Priorities Committee (IPPC), introduced a more transparent budgeting process for budget managers, and created a new financial reporting package for the Board’s Committee on Finance. Keith also focused much of his attention on stewardship of our campus, introducing a capital budget line in our annual operating budget to support regular capital improvements to the campus, overseeing the building of the Whitcomb Art Center, and working to ensure the future of the first phase of the Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center renovation, along with multiple smaller projects that added up to significant improvements in Knox facilities. We are a more sustainable and financially stronger institution today for his work.
We will undertake a national search for Keith’s replacement, and, in the weeks to come, I will consult with the Board, faculty, and staff on the composition of the search committee and the timetable of the search. I will be back in touch with more information after those consultations are complete, but it is my goal to have a new chief financial officer in place for the next fiscal year.
Personally, I have much appreciated Keith’s financial acumen, sound advice, and tireless work on our behalf, and am very sorry to see him go. Please join me in congratulating Keith on this very significant appointment, in thanking him for his service to Knox, and in wishing both Keith and his wife, Melissa, the best at Grinnell.