Originally published on The Yellow Springs News
At last Saturday’s commencement for Antioch University’s Ph.D. program in Leadership and Change, Dr. Al Guskin was recognized for his 30 years with Antioch College and Antioch University. Guskin retired from the AU Leadership program this year. To honor him, several members of Cohort 1, the first group of students in the leadership Ph.D. program, flew in from around the country for the commencement ceremony and spoke of their experience in the program.
“Al was the wise elder, the patriarch watching over our family,” said one Cohort 1 member in remarks to the audience, which filled the Antioch University Midwest auditorium. In its 15th year, the program on Saturday graduated 15 new Ph.D.s from across the country, Canada and Nigeria.
Guskin came to Yellow Springs as president of Antioch College, then became university chancellor. Following his retirement as chancellor, he spent the past 15 years teaching in the Leadership and Change Ph.D. program, which he helped to create along with AU Provost Dr. Laurien Alexandre.