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1990–99

Unswerving Dedication

Music, art, and dance—studied and practiced as part of the humanities curriculum at Reed since the college’s inception—are celebrated during Reed Arts Weekend (now Reed Arts Week). Conceived by two professors, the event quickly becomes a student-run Reed institution, expanding to an entire week and drawing participants from the Reed community as well as from the surrounding region.

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Steven Koblik becomes president in 1992. Known for his friendly demeanor and emphasis on transparency with faculty, staff, and students, he restores the college’s original 10:1 initiative, aimed at maintaining the student-to-faculty ratio by adding 15 new faculty positions and keeping enrollment numbers steady. The endowment triples, the college’s square footage is increased by 30 percent, and the Gray Campus Center (GCC), Kaul Auditorium, a new chemistry building, and new residence halls are completed.

In 1995 Reed captures national attention for refusing to participate in the US News & World Report rankings of American colleges and universities. Although the study is widely thought to be methodologically flawed, no other college joins Reed in withdrawing, confirming Reed’s reputation for going its own way in its unswerving dedication to the intellectual life.

Student access to recreational and cultural events is increased with the introduction of the Gray Fund, and the multicultural resource center—first run as a student group and then as part of student services—begins to develop educational and social programs to ensure the campus is welcoming and supportive for all students, staff members, and faculty.

The humanities program expands to include a full-year course that examines two pivotal periods in Chinese history, the Qin/Han (221 BCE–220 CE) and Song (960–1279 CE) dynasties.

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