Ken Schofield

Ken Schofield

Class Year: 1971
Current City/State: Menomonie, Wisconsin
Major: History
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Why I Wanted to Serve on the Alumni Council:

In so many ways, Grinnell has defined me, has defined how I have thought about the world and my place in it, and has shaped how I have lived my life.

One short story: a classmate was confronted by his angry father during one of the turbulent times. The father declared: "Son, I sent you to Grinnell to get an education, not to learn anything". Well, I not only received a world-class education but I also learned...a lot. And that has made all the difference.

Grinnell has given me much more than I could ever hope to repay. Being a member of the Alumni Council is but one way to pay Grinnell back...and forward.

A Quote I Like:

“Good enough is never good enough.”

Nancy Ackerman Schofield ’71

A Little Bit About Me:

I came to Grinnell in the fall of 1967 from an eastern suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated with a history degree in 1971.

On the day after graduation, I married Nancy Ackerman (also ’71). On May 29, 2021, we quietly celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in Grinnell. Nancy died on October 5, 2021.

I was in the private practice of law and served as the City Attorney in our adopted hometown of Menomonie, Wisconsin, (a university town in west-central Wisconsin) from 1977 until my retirement in 2016.

I continue to reside in Menomonie.

Other Alumni Involvement: Reunion Planning Committees (2015, 2022); Co-organized 50-Year Reunion virtual forum relating to off-campus study programs (April, 2021)