The Board of Trustees unanimously decided in October to honor the work of former College President Roger Taylor by giving him the president emeritus title.
“I think I have been honored too much already,” Taylor said, “but it is still an honor.”
While Taylor believes he has been honored too much, many students believe he is well deserving of the new title.
“He was dedicated to this school and he deserves every award he gets,” senior Jordan Kuban said.
This opinion seemed to resonate with many students.
“He seemed to be well-liked by everyone at Knox,” junior David Gentry said. “It’s good to give him some extra recognition that he clearly deserves.”
While some students only had a year or two under his tenure, they still felt the legacy he left. Junior Rose Dolezal noticed the impact he had on the school despite being a student for only one year during his tenure.
“He always seemed awesome,” Dolezal said. “I really miss him because he really cared.”
With this title, Taylor does not receive any benefits per se, but does have an increased responsibility to “not do anything that would [reflect] bad onto the college,” Taylor said.
Despite this new title, Taylor will continue his self-imposed exile from the college until October 2013 as originally planned.
From his first day on campus as a student, through his years of service on the Board of Trustees and through his ten-year presidency, Taylor has been a part of Knox for more decades than most.
“It’s great to be at a school that has a continued identity,” senior Kate Barrett said. “For Taylor to stay involved, especially to that degree, does a lot to maintain the school’s identity.”
Students believed he was well-liked throughout the campus and was understanding of other’s opinions.
“I think he was very personable and generally understanding of different perspectives,” senior Jason LaFlavor said.
Since his retirement, Taylor has been able to catch up on yard work, be an active member of a secret men’s reading group, work on the board of a few organizations and renew old friendships, among other things.
His second retirement has been busier for himself and his wife Anne Taylor ’63, but he still is “having a blast” despite having less time to relax than he was expecting.
Students enjoyed many different parts of how he ran the office of college president.
“I enjoyed his demeanor,” senior Alan Ning said. “He was really approachable and that was important for someone of his status.”