Rhodes President Establishes Commission on Campus Culture

On Nov. 21, Rhodes College President William E. Troutt announced the establishment of a Commission on Campus Culture, which will develop a set of sustainable practices and processes to help ensure a more inclusive Rhodes and the best academic and residential experience a liberal arts college can offer.

The commission, which includes Rhodes administration, trustees, faculty, staff, and students, is charged with drawing upon the expertise and perspectives of various members of the Rhodes community, and incorporating productive work that is already underway at the college.

The results of this effort will include specific plans, concrete steps, timelines, and opportunities for an ongoing, sustained effort. The heart of success will be establishing the cultural habits that will persist after the commission completes its work. The commission’s recommendations and plans will be presented to President Troutt by April 2, 2015.

Members of the new Rhodes College Commission on Campus Culture:

  • Mark Pohlmann, Professor of Political Science (to serve as chair of the commission)
  • Bernie McNary-Zak, Associate Professor of Religious Studies
  • Charles McKinney, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Africana Studies Program
  • Steve Becton, Rhodes Class of ’88 and Associate Program Director, Facing History and Ourselves
  • Meg Thomas Crosby, Rhodes Trustee, Principal, PeopleCap Advisors
  • Meredith Davis, Assistant Dean of Students for Multicultural Affairs
  • Michael Morgan, Director of Financial Aid
  • Richie Trenthem, Rhodes Class of ’92, Director of Information Technology Services
  • Jay Hedges ′17
  • Chloe Moore ′16
  • Mira Patel ′17

Rhodes Dean of Students Carol Casey and Assistant Dean of Students for Multicultural Affairs Meredith Davis worked with student leaders to identify the student members.

Update 12/15/14: Jay Hedges ′17, Chloe Moore ′16, and Mira Patel ′17 have been named to the Rhodes College Commission on Campus Culture.

  • Hedges is a graduate of Little Rock Christian Academy in Little Rock, AR. He is a Class of 2017 Rhodes Student Government Senator and plans to major in political economy.
  • Moore is a graduate of Houston High School in Germantown, TN. An anthropology/sociology major, she is head resident advisor.
  • Patel is a graduate of John Burroughs School in St. Louis, MO. An undecided major, she is on the E-Board of the South Asian Multicultural Organization of Student Affairs (SAMOSA).