Oberlin is unusual among liberal arts colleges in that six of the 29 to 37 seats on its Board of Trustees are filled through direct election by alumni. Alumni have a unique opportunity to elect trustees who will join a Board that is mindful of the traditions and heritage of the institution and whose current members take their important fiduciary responsibilities very seriously.

All Oberlin graduates are eligible to cast a vote for an alumni-elected trustee, a tradition that dates back to 1878. Each alumni-elected trustee serves a four-year term, with the terms staggered to allow for at least one election each year. The time has come to elect two trustees who will serve from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2022. The two candidates receiving the most votes will be declared elected for a four-year term starting July 1, 2018. A vote is an affirmation of the Oberlin tradition and confirmation of your support for Oberlin. It costs nothing, but has immense value.

Even if you believe all candidates are qualified for a position on the Board of Trustees and will serve Oberlin College well in the coming years, please take the time to review their credentials and vote. Your vote counts!


Alumni Trustee Candidates

Photo of Francisco X. Dominguez ’89
Francisco X. Dominguez ’89

Read about Dominguez

Photo of Julia Steyn ’96
Julia Steyn ’96

Read about Steyn

Photo of Jay Whitacre ’94
Jay Whitacre ’94

Read about Whitacre


Results will be certified by the Board of Trustees at its June 2018 meeting, with the winner announced in the July issue of Around the Square.

Voting Procedures

Any person upon whom the college has conferred a degree is eligible to participate in this election. Eligible voters may download and print a paper ballot  addressed to:

Oberlin Alumni Association
Oberlin College
173 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin, OH 44074-9988

All eligible voters for whom Oberlin College has an email address will also be sent an electronic ballot on March 14. The email will include a personalized url specifically for each user, and will allow the user to vote without needing to log in or register for a website. Electronic votes will be processed and counted by Qualtrics, the world’s leading insight technology provider. Qualtrics is used by the sciences and institutional research at Oberlin College. We believe their experience and integrity merit your trust.

If you have not received a ballot or have trouble voting, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@oberlin.edu. Please include your first name, last name, and class year.

To be counted, we must receive your ballot no later than 5 p.m. EDT, Monday, April 23, 2018.

The Board of Canvassers (the general counsel and secretary of the college and the director of libraries) certifies the results of the election. Of the three candidates, the two receiving the most votes will be declared elected for a full term of four years beginning July 1, 2018. The three candidates on the ballot have been selected in accordance with Article I, Section 4, of the Bylaws of Oberlin College. The Trustee Search Committee of the Oberlin Alumni Association certifies that each candidate has agreed to serve if elected.

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