J.D. Dawson Award | Support/Service to the College

Erik Bates ’83 – 2017 Recipient

Eric Bates served on the Antioch College Alumni Board for 12 years, including four years as president. When the college was threatened with closure in 2007, Bates helped form the Antioch College Continuation Corporation (ACCC), a group of alumni seeking to keep Antioch open through raising funds to buy back the college from the university and negotiating with the then-sitting Antioch University Board of Trustees. When the University board rejected the ACCC’s final offer and proceeded to close the college, Bates told Inside Higher Education that “it almost defies belief that the trustees could reject this extraordinarily generous offer by a group of major donors,” said Eric Bates, "This was a win-win opportunity for the entire university, and the trustees squandered it.”

Bates is editor of the New Republic and an award-winning journalist with a distinguished track record for producing hard-hitting investigative reporting. Prior to joining the New Republic, he spent nearly a decade as executive editor of Rolling Stone overseeing the magazine’s feature writing and political reporting. From exposés on Wall Street corruption to the celebrated profile that led to the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal, Bates helped reestablish the publication as a respected source of in-depth journalism and narrative storytelling.

During his tenures as investigative editor of Mother Jones and editor in chief of Southern Exposure, Bates spearheaded groundbreaking investigations of military contractors, for-profit prisons, factory farming, and predatory lending. In 2014 he oversaw the launch of The Intercept, directing the website’s reporting on the classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden. His work as an editor has garnered seven National Magazine Awards, the profession’s top honor. 

“Eric represents the very best traditions of American journalism,” observes Hamilton Fish, publisher of the New Republic. “He has edited many of the leading journalists, thinkers, and scholars of our time, and writers have a deep respect for the care, energy, and insight he brings to their work.”

Bates appears frequently as a guest commentator on a host of programs—including Morning Joe, Charlie Rose, Washington Journal, and Now with Alex Wagner—providing insight into published features and the breaking news of the day. 

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

1984                       

Roderic O’Connor ’28
Director of Food Services, Antioch College

1986

George L. Crowell ’70
President Antioch College Alumni Board; associate dean of The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

1987

Edwina Bookwalter Gantz ’36
Educator who promoted alternative education; she was a trustee of the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities, founded in 1964 as an education research and experimentation organization by Antioch College and about 30 other colleges; community volunteer

William Hooper ’49
Antioch Trustee; Hooper Construction

1988

Robert L. Aller ’56
Antioch Trustee; Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration of the Loctite Corporation

Miriam Dickinson
Longtime beloved Antioch staffer

S. Burns Weston ’25
Antioch Trustee; attorney

Robert A. Levin ’42 and Kay W. Levin
Longtime Antioch Trustees; in 1975, Bob and Kay served jointly as Antioch College Administrators acting president

1989

Theresa Black Carlson ’33
One of the first alums to help Antioch Admissions with recruiting

1990

Walter Anderson
Antioch Professor of Music; community volunteer; concert pianist and composer; director of music programs at the National Endowment for the Arts

1991

Irwin H. Inman ’41
Antioch publications editor and photographer

1992

Malte von Matthiessen ’66
Antioch Trustee; Chairman of YSI Inc.

1993

Richard A. Siegal ’51
Antioch Trustee; land developer

1994

Evan R. Spalt ’34
Antioch Trustee; established Spalt International Center and Spalt Scholarship program; Vice-President and Director of Ortho Pharmaceutical Corp.

1995

Gilbert Yager ’35
Community volunteer; founded Buffalo Metal Fabricating Corporation

1996

Hadley Case 35
Antioch Trustee; Chairman, CEO & Director, Case, Pomeroy & Company

1997

Daniel Hotaling 51
Antioch professor and College staffer

1998

Georgia Lloyd 37
Philanthropist and peace advocate

1999

Oliver Loud
Emeritus Professor of Physical Science, Antioch College

2000

Nolan Miller
Emeritus Professor of Literature, Antioch College

2001

Thomas Shelby ’28
Community volunteer and longtime Antioch supporter

2002

Robert H. Devine ’67
Former President, Antioch College

2003

Marcia Baum ’45
Efforts helped campus preservation

2004

Robert Krinsky ’57
Trustee chairman, Antioch; chairman, Segal Co

2005

Marcia Dugan ’53
Retired Director of Public Affairs, Rochester Institute of Technology

2006

Jewel Graham
Emeritus Professor of Social Welfare and Legal Studies, Antioch College

2007

Dave Goodwin ’54
College and Glen Helen campaign

2008

Robert Parker
Antioch College Professor of Cooperative Education, Emeritus. He started teaching at Antioch in 1957. He was named Emeritus faculty in 1991.

2009

Nina Myatt 53
Nina is Antiochiana Curator Emerita. For 35 years, her thorough and attentive reference supported the work of hundreds of scholars, dozens of significant books and articles, and several documentaries. Nina brought Antiochiana into the modern age, with the archives acquiring some its finest collections during her tenure.

2010

Steve Schwerner 60
Antioch College professor and Dean of Students emeritus, he served on the Alumni Board as well as on the Antioch College Continuation Corp. His support, guidance and understanding of complex issues have been invaluable for decades.

Al Denman
Antioch emeritus professor of philosophy of law and religion, and an opinion leader in the Antioch community. A longtime faculty member and one of those once-in-a-lifetime teachers with his blend of law, religion, and philosophy, he is a valued source of Yellow Springs and Antioch connections. He has been closely involved with Glen Helen and area environmental concerns.

2011

Scott Sanders
Antioch College archivist and curator of Antiochiana

2012

Antioch Reunion Work Project Volunteer Work Group

2013

Diane Chiddister
Diane is co-owner, editor and longtime reporter for the Yellow Springs News, noted for its extensive coverage of Antioch College.

Judith A. Hempfling
As President of Yellow Springs Village Council Judith has been involved in a number of issues in recent years, including the effort to revive Antioch College.

2014

Carl 48 and Lorena Hyde ’49
In addition to an active interest in race relations and efforts to achieve world peace, the Hydes have followed the ups and downs of the College with interest and concern, both as alumni and as village residents.

2015

Richard Lapedes 
Richard Lapedes names his religion of choice "Communitarianism". He and his wife, Maureen Lynch, have tried to practice devotion to community for decades both in Yellow Springs and the greater Miami Valley. 

2016

Nancy R. Crow '70
Nancy Crow was a member of the Antioch College Alumni Association Board from 2000-2011; she served as Vice-President from 2003-2007 and as President during the tumultuous years 2007-2011.