Oberlin College and President Nancy S. Dye have been awarded a $150,000 Presidential Leadership Grant by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. President Dye was advised of the award by a letter stating, "...under President Dye's inspired leadership, the college has developed a new strategic framework for planning and decision-making that is enabling broad participation and informed decisive action for the college to secure a confident future." Determining how the award will be used over the next three years is left to the discretion of President Dye.
Only four other colleges nationwide were awarded grants in 1997. "We look for strong colleges with strong leaders. We hope the presidents draw in a special way on their vision, experience, and capacity for creative leadership to help their colleges address future needs," said A. Richardson Love, Jr., director of education programs at the Foundation.
Nancy Dye was astonished and delighted to be the recipient of a $150,000 grant in recognition of her inspired leadership.
President Dye, in accepting the grant on behalf of the faculty, students, staff, alumni, and trustees who worked on the strategic plan, said, "The award will allow us to enhance that combination of intellectual and artistic excellence and social engagement that makes Oberlin such a special college." The Knight Foundation was established in memory of Charles L. Knight, former editor and publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal.