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.
Speeches and Statements
In Val Smith, you have chosen an inspired and inspiring leader.
This morning we call you together to constitute you formally as the Class of 2019 and to mark your entry into the academic community.
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.
Chancellor, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, members of the Platform Party, graduating students, families…
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.
To state the obvious, this year’s topic, “From Selma to Ferguson: 50 years of Nonviolent Dissent,” could not be more timely.
Good morning. Welcome to the opening convocation of this new academic year….
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.
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.
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.
I write to share with you developments at the college as we welcome the Class of 2017 and begin a new academic year.
Thank you, Brent, and thank you, Matt, for those very thoughtful reflections….
Well, I guess now I really am the eighth president of Bates…
Welcome back, faculty, staff and returning students, to the beginning of a…
Watch video remarks from Bates’ eighth President, Clayton Spencer Educating the whole…
Remarks offered by President-elect Clayton Spencer following her introduction by Mike Bonney…