Antioch University Midwest Rededicates Library Named for Beloved President Dr. Douglas McGregor

(l to r) Dr. Jim Malarkey, Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, and student Ardella Reliford)

(l to r) Dr. Jim Malarkey, Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, and student Ardella Reliford

YELLOW SPRINGS, OH — In recognition of former Antioch President Dr. Douglas McGregor (1948-1954) Antioch University Midwest rededicated its campus library on Saturday afternoon.

Dr. Douglas McGregor (1906-1964), renowned American management theorist, is a fitting inspirational figure for a university noted for its humanitarian approach and dedicated to the personal and professional development of its students.

Dr. McGregor was chosen as the inspiration for the naming of the McGregor School, which became Antioch University McGregor, and now known as Antioch University Midwest.

“Having the legacy of Douglas McGregor so prominently displayed here at Antioch University Midwest is something we’ve long wanted to do,” said Antioch University Midwest President Dr. Karen Schuster Webb. “We honor and continue the legacy and the great work of Douglas McGregor.”

Dr. McGregor was a groundbreaking theorist whose ideas, though widely questioned at the time, have become basic assumptions of today’s leaders in the organizational management field.

“Dr. McGregor recognized the highest potentials of the human being and believed that if we appealed to these capacities people would respond, and all would benefit,” said James Malarkey, Ph.D – Chair, Humanities and General Education Program. ”Dr. McGregor believed in business and in making a profit. He also believed that if business owners treated their employees well, took an interest in them, encouraged them, and helped them grow personally and professionally their businesses would also reap the benefits.”

McGregor Library Director Stephen Shaw added that associating the library with Dr. McGregor is a natural connection.

McGregor Library Director Steve Shaw (back center) with Yellow Springs residents Bill and Corinne Whitesell

McGregor Library Director Steve Shaw (back center) with Yellow Springs residents Bill and Corinne Whitesell

“Libraries are more than book storage units,” Shaw said. “They are the heart of communities; committed to where their patrons work, live and study. They are trusted places for people to shape and address local issues. This space is where our students meet, share, study, laugh, create, publish and dream- as individuals or in groups. In the spirit of Dr. McGregor, we daily see a multitude of diverse voices in intellectual conversation.

The reception also kicked off The McGregor Library’s celebration of National Library Week.

To commemorate National Library Week The McGregor Library is offering to help students with their overdue library fines.

Students can return overdue books  April 12 – 26 along with a non-perishable food item and the the first $10 of their library fine will be waived.

All donated food will benefit the Yellow Springs United Methodist Church food bank.

This is a great opportunity to help the library find collect its books, help students save money, and help the community by supporting the local food bank.

Here’s the fine print:
This does not apply to lost books, books that are not ready to return, or fines that have already been paid.

About Antioch University Midwest: Antioch University Midwest is one of the five campuses of Antioch University, an institution proud of serving adult learners and their specific needs. Antioch University is a multi-campus university of more than 4,000 students who study at the Antioch Midwest campus in Yellow Springs, OH, and at campuses in Seattle, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Keene, New Hampshire, online and around the world!

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