VOTING IS NOW OPEN!
Review the 2021 Alumni Trustee Candidates:
Menna Demessie ’02
Julia Steyn ’96
Any person upon whom the college has conferred a degree is eligible to participate in this election. Voters may participate electronically or by mailing in a printed ballot as outlined below.
IMPORTANT: Select only one method to cast your vote.
To be counted, we must receive your vote no later than 5 p.m. EDT, Friday, April 30, 2021.
All eligible voters for whom Oberlin College has an email address will be sent an electronic ballot on March 12, 2021. The email will include a personalized url specifically for each recipient, and will allow individuals 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.
All eligible voters for whom Oberlin College does not have an email address were mailed a printed ballot on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (please allow two to three weeks for delivery).
Return printed ballots to:
Oberlin Alumni Association
173 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin, OH 44074-9988
The Board of Canvassers (the general counsel and secretary of the college and the director of libraries) certifies the results of the election. The candidate receiving the most votes will be declared elected for a full term of four years beginning July 1, 2021.
The candidates 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.
The Trustee Search Committee seeks to expand its pool of potential candidates (college and conservatory) for future elections. If you wish to suggest a candidate, please visit our Alumni Trustee Nominations page. Nominations are appreciated, as is your participation in the process.
Oberlin is rare 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 candidate receiving the most votes will be declared elected for a four-year term starting July 1. 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!