Archives for "President's Speeches and Statements"


June 6, 2015 2:49 pm

Remarks to Bishop’s University Class of 2015

Chancellor, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, members of the Platform Party, graduating students, families and friends, thank you for the honor of…


March 9, 2015 7:00 am

President Clayton Spencer’s letter about recent campus events

I thought it might be helpful to share facts about recent events and give a sense of the principles and values that guide my thinking about how to honor what is most important about Bates as we work together to move the institution forward.


January 19, 2015 1:08 pm

Welcome remarks at MLK Day Keynote, Jan. 19, 2015

To state the obvious, this year’s topic, “From Selma to Ferguson: 50 years of Nonviolent Dissent,” could not be more timely.


September 2, 2014 11:27 am

‘The Challenge of Community’: Remarks at Convocation, Sept. 2, 2014

Good morning. Welcome to the opening convocation of this new academic year. Members of the faculty, welcome back after what…


August 27, 2014 10:43 am

Bates Community Letter: Fall 2014

I write to share news and plans at the start of a new academic year, my third as president of the college. As I have said before, serving Bates as president is a source of great personal joy, even as we tackle inevitable challenges. Every day I am struck by the dedication of our faculty, the energy of our students, the pride of our staff, and the solidarity and support of alumni, parents, and friends in sustaining the work and sense of common feeling that make Bates such an extraordinary college and community.


January 21, 2014 8:00 am

President Clayton Spencer’s statement on climate change and divestment

I write to outline important aspects of our institutional response to the urgent problem of climate change and to address the question of whether the college should divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry.


January 10, 2014 1:10 pm

President Clayton Spencer’s statement on the boycott of Israeli academic institutions

On behalf of Bates College, I reject unequivocally the boycott of Israeli universities that was recently passed by a majority of the members of the American Studies Association.


September 9, 2013 5:10 pm

Bates Community Letter: Fall 2013

Bates Community Letter: Fall 2013

I write to share with you developments at the college as we welcome the Class of 2017 and begin a new academic year.


September 3, 2013 7:37 pm

‘Some Thoughts on Work’: Remarks at Convocation, Sept. 3, 2013

Thank you, Brent, and thank you, Matt, for those very thoughtful reflections. I am going to direct my remarks today…


October 26, 2012 2:48 pm

‘Questions Worth Asking’: President Clayton Spencer’s Inaugural Address, Oct. 26, 2012

Well, I guess now I really am the eighth president of Bates College. It is an enormous honor and a…