Institute Hosts Fundraising Event to Celebrate Growth of Programs and Honor the Legacy of Prof. Kenneth F. Mott
On November 9, the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College hosted a celebration of the legacy of longtime Gettysburg political science Prof. Kenneth F. Mott P’07. The event was held at a private venue in New York City and featured remarks from hosts Lynn Scillieri Holuba ’79 P’08 and Peter G. Seiden ’73 as well as students and some of our program experts.
During his 50-year career as a professor at Gettysburg College, Mott played an important role in a number of key initiatives on campus, including leading the Task Force on Public Affairs and Public Service as part of the College’s Commission on the Future. This group’s work helped lay the groundwork for the integration of the former Eisenhower World Affairs Institute with Gettysburg College to form The Eisenhower Institute. Mott also served as the Harold G. Evans Chair of Eisenhower Leadership Studies.
The event began with a cocktail reception featuring Eisenhower Institute experts and student participants.
Following the reception, Holuba and Seiden delivered welcoming remarks. “Professor Mott’s career was always focused on students,” said Seiden. With the support of the Institute’s experts and supporters, “we ensure his impact and legacy continues.”
Hanna Bogorowsky ’18, a political science major and current Fielding Fellow, attended the event with her father, who took Mott’s constitutional law course in 1981. “Professor Mott will be missed dearly by the Gettysburg College community, and we thank him for the decades of commitment, knowledge, and smiles he gave us.”
Caleb Parker ’18, a Political Science major and current Undergraduate Fellow, shared his experiences with the Eisenhower Institute. “All of these experiences have helped me throughout my life,” said Parker. “Each mentor, each program, and each opportunity are all part of the journey.”
Mott moderated a panel discussion on President Eisenhower’s Lasting Legacy in the Contemporary World, featuring Seiden-Levi Fellow and Environmental Leadership expert Dr. Howard Ernst and Salisbury Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs and Inside the Middle East expert Avi Melamed.
The event concluded with remarks from Gettysburg College President Janet Morgan Riggs ’77: “The knowledge and experience among our faculty and among our Eisenhower Institute’s experts—coupled with their passion for what they’re doing—truly positions us to leave a lasting impact on the lives of our students.”
To learn more about Mott’s lasting legacy at Gettysburg College and to contribute to the Eisenhower Institute in his honor, visit the Ken Mott Fund page. Read a feature of Mott in Gettysburg magazine, "The feeding and flexing of an open mind."
Article by Jeffrey Lauck ‘18, a political science and history double major and a 2017-2018 Fielding Fellow