New Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov is hitting the ground running in his first few weeks on the job despite a recent personal tragedy.
Krislov is pledging to review faculty pay to make sure it is competitive, seek additional endowments to offset rising costs, build more dorm rooms and continue a policy of offering full scholarships to academically qualified Oberlin youths.
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Marvin Krislov is seen outside his office.
He has been meeting with community leaders, staff, students and the media about his goals for the liberal arts college — all while mourning his 80-year-old father, who died this summer.
But the elder Krislov — a retired labor and economics professor at the
“My dad’s an academic, he’s from the
But Krislov, 46, gave his late parents, Joseph and Evelyn, many reasons to be proud.
His path to Oberlin traveled through Bill Clinton’s White House, Justice Department and Department of Labor. He investigated sweat shops that kept immigrants in “subhuman conditions” and proudly displays the hardhat he used to enforce mine safety.
“There’s some arguments that (mine enforcement) hasn’t been followed up and they’ve had these terrible mine tragedies,” Krislov said. “During the
Who: Oberlin College’s 14th president, began working full time Aug. 6.
While serving with the White House counsel’s office, Krislov never dealt with the Monica Lewinsky incident — but he did get to know both Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Bill Clinton “is a force of nature,” he said, and few people have
As for Hillary Clinton, Krislov called her “a really smart person — a very, very gracious and engaging person.”
Krislov himself dabbled in politics, serving as a
“I got a better job than the president of the
What will make
Financial sustainability will be a key factor as rising energy and health costs take their toll, he said.
“There’s only so much you want to do as far as raising tuition,” Krislov said.
Currently, it costs the average student about $47,000 per year, including room and board, to attend
The planned closing of another
He said that’s where a drive to increase the endowment — now at $700 million — will help
$32 million endowment.
Krislov said he was pleased with the increased number of minorities in the freshman class, especially since Oberlin was the first institute of higher learning to admit students of color in 1835.
The college’s strategic plan, passed by trustees in 2005, called for improving admission and retention of minorities as well as first-generation and low-income students.
Minorities make up 20 percent of the freshman class this year, compared to 18 percent last year, said college spokesman Scott Wargo.
Krislov said he is excited about the involvement of
In turn, the college provides a promise that a student who has lived in Oberlin for at least four years before graduating from high school can attend the college for free if he or she meets academic requirements.
“If it’s well-publicized, it can be a motivating factor to the families with limited income,” Krislov said. “What this says is, if they can do well academically, they can get in free to one of the greatest colleges in
Wargo said 27 Oberlin students have taken advantage of the free ride since 2001.
Krislov declined to talk at length about some local issues, such as the suggestion in April by some community leaders that
Krislov also had little to say about a proposal that income taxes for schools increase to
2 percent for people living in the Oberlin district, which includes Oberlin and parts of New Russia, Carlisle and
If voters approve the income tax in November, the district would see an additional
$1.3 million more a year and allow $813,192 in property taxes to drop off the rolls.
Al Moran, Oberlin’s vice president for college relations, said the college is the county’s eighth-largest employer, and those employees pay income taxes, but the college itself is tax-exempt.
Over the years, Oberlin College has made voluntary donations — including helping the city of Oberlin buy a new fire engine and keeping Allen Medical Center open through a
$2 million payment.
Moran said Krislov’s salary has not been announced but eventually will be public knowledge due to Internal Revenue Service requirements.
Dye, Krislov’s predecessor, earned $323,000 in base salary along with a $100,000-a-year bonus granted in 2002.
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