In a Student-Info e-mail, Vice President for Student Affairs Meredith Harper Bonham announced Dean of Students Hank Toutain’s intention to retire from his position at the end of the academic year, as well as the college’s plan to form a search committee for his replacement. Toutain came to Kenyon in 2009 from Gustavus Adolphus College, where he served as a dean and worked over thirty years in higher education. In her statement, Harper Bonham urged students and faculty to suggest “desirable qualities and specific nominations for Kenyon’s next dean of students.”
Read Harper Bonham’s full statement after the cut!
Dear Kenyon Community,It is with very mixed emotions that I announce the intention of Dean of Students Hank Toutain to retire from Kenyon at the end of the academic year. Hank led the Division of Student Affairs with distinction from 2009 to 2015 and has been a committed partner and trusted advisor since I accepted the position of vice president here more than a year ago. I will miss his wise counsel, intelligent insights and calm demeanor. However, I cannot begrudge his decision to spend quality time with his family, enjoy the pleasures of travel and good literature, and revel in a less stressful schedule. Hank has served Kenyon with integrity and purpose and great dedication to students, and he has decided the timing is right for the next chapter in his life.We are in the process of composing the search committee, to include faculty, staff and student representation, and selecting a search firm to help build a pool of qualified candidates. Meanwhile, I welcome your suggestions of desirable qualities and specific nominations for Kenyon’s next dean of students.Best wishes,Meredith Harper Bonham ’92