Speeches and Statements

‘Co-Creating Our World’: Remarks at Convocation, Sept. 8, 2015

September 9, 2015

This morning we call you together to constitute you formally as the Class of 2019 and to mark your entry into the academic community.

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.

Remarks to Bishop’s University Class of 2015

June 6, 2015

Chancellor, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, members of the Platform Party, graduating students, families…

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.

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

January 19, 2015

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

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

September 2, 2014

Good morning. Welcome to the opening convocation of this new academic year….

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.

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 3, 2013

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

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

October 26, 2012

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

Remarks at Convocation: Sept. 4, 2012

September 4, 2012

Welcome back, faculty, staff and returning students, to the beginning of a…

Video remarks from President Clayton Spencer

January 25, 2012

Watch video remarks from Bates’ eighth President, Clayton Spencer Educating the whole…

President-elect Clayton Spencer’s first remarks

December 9, 2011

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