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By Mount Vernon News
January 17, 2014 12:45 pm EST


MOUNT VERNON — Sean Decatur, president of Kenyon College, was a guest at the White House on Thursday as President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama joined with leaders in higher education to announce more than 100 new commitments to expand college opportunity for disadvantaged students.

Speaking to the News from Washington, D.C., Decatur said the gathering was a cross section of different types of institutions ranging from community colleges to small private liberal arts colleges like Kenyon to large research universities.

“It is an honor for Kenyon to be included among the colleges that the administration wanted to include in the Call to Action on College Opportunity initiative,” said Decatur. “I was very honored that Kenyon was among a pretty small group of schools, thinking of all the schools in the country.

“It was a really great conversation, in part because it wasn’t a conversation about a call for a new government program or a call for new government spending. It really was a chance for schools to come together, talk about the things they are doing and can do with the resources they have available, and discuss how to share best practices to address the larger issue, but do it as efficiently as possible. It’s unique to have that kind of gathering. It was a good meeting.




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