inside the President’s Office

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by | Jan 18, 2019

Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt is a man of many interests. And nowhere is that more apparent than in his office on the second floor of McGregor Hall.

The first thing you might notice even before stepping inside Mark’s office is music. Folk, jazz, classical, and even avante garde sounds drain from the small Bose stereo near his desk, stacked on either side with hundreds of CDs.

But open the heavy wooden door into his office and you’re suddenly overcome by one thing—Mark has A LOT of books. His wife Dorothy estimates that between the shelves in their home and his shelves in the office, Mark has more than 4,000 books. The topics range from history to fiction, Lincoln to DeGaulle and poetry to art. Some are rare first editions, while others were rummaged from bargain bins.

In between the books, each nook and cranny, every shelf is filled with artifacts, memorabilia and knick-knacks—things that interest or inspire Mark Roosevelt. Art work created by his 8-year-old daughter Juliana, small St. Louis Cardinals figurines, decorative metal tins that he has collected, photos of trips to Africa and other places—are some of the things you’ll notice.

Mark’s love for Antioch, books, music, tennis, baseball, history, art, and his family are also documented throughout his office. Oh, and Lincoln. We cannot forget Abraham Lincoln. Two of the most prominent works of art in his office are posters of Lincoln. Frederick Douglass and Willa Cather are also memorialized on his walls.

But lastly, you can hardly blink in Mark’s office without seeing photos of his family. Photos of Juliana flood every wall and shelf, alongside a photo of his wedding in New Mexico to Dorothy in 2005, and another embrac­ing his older son Matthew.

Clockwise from top right corner: Paintings of Hugh Taylor Birch by artist Margaret Sargent; a “Get Well” note from daughter Juliana, 8, after a trip to the dentist; a dictionary Mark always keeps open in case he needs to look up a definition; Mr. Pee, a tape dispenser bought in a Santa Fe design shop; reporter’s notebooks to take notes, which Mark prefers over a laptop or iPad; a globe engraved with Mark’s name, given to him by Massachusetts advocates for educational equity.