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Dr. Jane K. Fernandes

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Dr. Fernandes is a native of Worcester, Massachusetts. She received a bachelor’s in French from Trinity College, and a master’s and doctorate in Comparative Literature from The University of Iowa.

Dr. Fernandes has three decades of experience in higher education, including seven years as president of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she was also a tenured member of the faculty. She has provided senior leadership and has held tenured faculty positions at other distinguished higher education institutions, including UNC Asheville, and Gallaudet University.

She has dedicated her career to making educational excellence accessible to all students by welcoming the fantastic range of human diversity to campus, including every voice in decision-making, and providing support, accommodations, and reparations to achieve equitable education through differences. She knows we learn more about ourselves in a rich environment open to everyone and works to ensure that no one is so defined by their circumstances as to be denied the options and space needed to explore and find their authentic selves.

I am excited to be joining Antioch College. This is an especially important time in the history of the College. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with the dedicated and talented faculty, staff, trustees, students, and alumni, as well as reaching out to community members and businesses.

As we continue to assess what the higher education landscape will look like following the pandemic, this is our opportunity to create together a bright future and build on the creation of a new Antioch College that is already underway.

— Jane Fernandes