Speeches and Statements

Letter to the Campus Community

November 13, 2015

I write in response to events that are happening on campuses across the nation and to make you aware of a unique opportunity for considered conversation on race and inclusiveness in higher education that is happening on the Bates campus this weekend.

Bates Community Letter: Fall 2015

September 1, 2015

I write to share the sense of excitement we feel, to highlight areas of focus for the fall, and to invite your engagement with, and suggestions about, all things Bates.

President Clayton Spencer’s letter about recent campus events

March 9, 2015

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.

Bates Community Letter: Fall 2014

August 27, 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.

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.