News Bites — Week of Dec. 2

Claremont McKenna College’s Jeff Huang to become St. Paul’s School president

Jeff Huang, vice president for admission and financial aid at Claremont McKenna College, will be leaving later this year to become president of St. Paul’s School, a private independent school in Brooklandville, Maryland, according to an email President Hiram E. Chodosh sent to the CMC student body Dec. 6.

Huang has been a part of the CMC community since 1995, serving in various roles such as the associate dean of students and dean of campus life, as well as the dean of students and vice president for student affairs before assuming his current role.

In addition to his numerous administrative roles, Huang has been teaching the course “Philosophical Questions” for 35 semesters since 1997.

“Jeff has been a source of inspiration and support to the entire community for nearly three decades,” Chodosh wrote in the email.

A celebration will be held in the spring before Huang’s departure.

Becky Hoving


Pitzer College Academic Planning Committee publishes green paper

The Pitzer College Academic Planning Committee released a paper assessing Pitzer’s financial situation and academic opportunities for students in an email sent to the Pitzer student body Dec. 3 by Student Senate representative Isaiah Kramer PZ ’20.

The paper discusses some of the challenges Pitzer has been facing, including retention rates, advising, students getting into classes for their major, and faculty overload.

According to the paper, Pitzer has an endowment of $135 million, which translates to only $124,000 per student, the lowest of the 5Cs. Pitzer also has the highest student to faculty ratio of 11:1 at the 5Cs and an enrollment deficit — students need to enroll in more classes than are offered — of 1,877, which is covered by students taking classes at other schools in the consortium.

The paper also discusses issues such as “mismatch between student interests and faculty interests, the mismatch between the number of major advisors and majors, the class size imbalance across fields, and imbalances in focus and governance.”

The paper is a “tentative report for debate and discussion,” and the APC “remains uncommitted to these ideas, but we have been discussing them.”

Jaimie Ding


Trump administration removes environmental protections for Sagehens

A sage grouse inflates its bular sacs during a mating display. (Courtesy of Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

Pomona-Pitzer’s mascot, Cecil the Sagehen, is technically a sage grouse, a near-threatened bird species that lives in sagebrush steppes throughout the west.

The Trump administration announced Dec. 6 that it plans to remove protections for the sage grouse, opening nine million acres of land to mining and drilling, The New York Times reports.

“Sagehens are strong, loyal and smart birds,” wrote Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr in a statement to TSL. “Our beloved mascot is an important part of the West. Let’s speak up for the Sage Grouse and the decades of work to protect its habitat!”

Samuel Breslow


Former Pomona College President Oxtoby named director of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

David Oxtoby, who served as Pomona College’s president from 2003-2017, has been appointed the next director of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the academy announced Dec. 3.

The academy is one of the oldest honorary societies in the United States. It sponsors lectures and gatherings, provides nonpartisan policy advice to decision-makers, and produces several academic publications, according to its website.

Samuel Breslow

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