Bates News

A selection of Bates News stories that reflect the work, contributions, and efforts of Bates President Clayton Spencer from her appointment in 2011 to now.

News & Updates
Leana E. Amáez has been named vice president for equity and inclusion at Bates College, effective Feb. 27, 2023. (Photograph by Jeffrey Morris/Pierce Studio)
December 20, 2022

Leana E. Amáez to join Bates College as vice president for eq…

Leana Amáez, who joins Bates on Feb. 27, 2023, is a seasoned equity and inclusion leader and longtime advocate for underrepresented populations. “I am thrilled to welcome Leana to Bates to lead our work in equity and inclusion — work that is central to our mission and to the success and well-being of every member of our community,” said Bates President Clayton Spencer.

President Spencer follows the college’s mace bearer, Professor of French and Francophone Studies Mary Rice-DeFosse, during the academic procession for the Class of 2020’s long-awaited in-person graduation celebration on June 4, 2022. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
June 22, 2022

Clayton Spencer to step down as Bates president on June 30, 2…

Bates President Clayton Spencer announced today that she will conclude her tenure at the end of the next academic year, on June 30, 2023. “Clayton has been a transformative leader for Bates, giving new shape and meaning to the power of a liberal arts education for today’s world,” said John Gillespie ’80, chair of the Bates College Board of Trustees.

Ecorep Tamsin Stringer ’22 of Bloomington, Ind., poses at the new electric charger stations behind Underhill in the Merrill Gym parking lot.“Underhill Electric Vehicle Chargers Project “Bates has installed other EV chargers in the past. This project will be different for three primary reasons. First, we have already received a grant from CMP for the make-ready infrastructure portion of the project, which has historically been the bulk of the expenses for EV charger installations. Secondly, this project will include installing level 2 chargers for the first time at Bates, which will allow for monetary collections for charging, tiered charging for different kinds of customers, and incentivize to move one’s car once it's fully charged. Finally, this project allows for future EV charger installations in the same location for much lower cost, because the make-ready infrastructure for more EV chargers will be easily accessible.
March 16, 2022

Bates College announces plan to become climate positive by 20…

Meeting the goals of the Bates Sustainability Roadmap will “touch and enrich our lives here on campus,” said President Clayton Spencer, while also furthering the college’s stated mission of “to prepare leaders with a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world.”

Bates College and Gallup released findings from a nationally representative survey examining the role that purpose plays in the work lives of college graduates. “Forging Pathways to Purposeful Work: The Role of Higher Education”.  The data provides insight into the importance of purpose in work, for both individuals and employers, and how colleges and universities can better prepare graduates to succeed in a complex, global market. Gallup hosted an event to release the report at their world headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (Photo by Cheriss May)
April 12, 2019

Bates in the News: April 12, 2019

Media outlets take notice of a new Gallup study on the value of purposeful work; and former Garcelon gridder Sam Francis ’17 now has a job crunching numbers for the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals.

“It was rewarding to start as a kind of blank slate and work my way to where I am now.”.— Ben Lyons ’19, an economics major from San Rafael, Calif., posing in front of the dramatic Nasdaq MarketSite overlooking New York City’s Times Square..Lyons is concluding a 10-week Purposeful Work internship at Nasdaq Private Market with the company’s head, Eric Folkemer ’02..Working on a long-term project under the guidance of Nasdaq Private Market staff, Lyons has gained practical understanding of data analysis, financial documents, and Nasdaq trading and technology. In the spirit of Purposeful Work, the experience has helped Lyons both explore and refine his interest in finance.
September 14, 2018

Bates in the News: Sept. 14, 2018

A major feature on Purposeful Work, an alumna filmmaker disrupts the queer female narrative, and professors comment on dual enrollment and cell phones.

As ever, mace bearer and Professor of Sociology Sawyer Sylvester leads the Convocation procession. (Michael Bradley/Bates College)
September 4, 2013

Convocation 2013: Preparing for a well-aligned life

During Convocation 2013, President Clayton Spencer offered an address that drew connections between the education that the new students are beginning and the lives Bates hopes to prepare them for.