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Speeches and Statements

President Clayton Spencer’s statement on climate change and divestment

January 21, 2014

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.


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

January 10, 2014

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.


Bates Community Letter: Fall 2013

September 9, 2013

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


Interview with Dr. Lisa Belisle

September 8, 2013

President Clayton Spencer spoke with Dr. Lisa Belisle about how learning takes…


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

September 8, 2013

Thank you, Brent, and thank you, Matt, for those very thoughtful reflections….


President Clayton Spencer’s Inaugural Address

October 29, 2012

Well, I guess now I really am the eighth president of Bates…


Remarks at Convocation, September 2012

September 6, 2012

President Clayton Spencer’s remarks at Convocation, Sept. 4, 2012: Welcome back, faculty,…


Video remarks from President Clayton Spencer

January 25, 2012

Watch video remarks from Bates’ eighth President, Clayton Spencer


President-elect Clayton Spencer’s first remarks

December 9, 2011

Remarks offered by President-elect Clayton Spencer following her introduction by Mike Bonney…


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