Office of the President Archives
October 4, 2015 1:59 pm
In Val Smith, you have chosen an inspired and inspiring leader.
September 9, 2015 1:55 pm
This morning we call you together to constitute you formally as the Class of 2019 and to mark your entry into the academic community.
September 1, 2015 12:57 pm
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.
June 6, 2015 2:49 pm
Chancellor, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, members of the Platform Party, graduating students, families and friends, thank you for the honor of…
March 9, 2015 7:00 am
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.
January 19, 2015 1:08 pm
To state the obvious, this year’s topic, “From Selma to Ferguson: 50 years of Nonviolent Dissent,” could not be more timely.
September 2, 2014 11:27 am
Good morning. Welcome to the opening convocation of this new academic year. Members of the faculty, welcome back after what…
August 27, 2014 10:43 am
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.
January 21, 2014 8:00 am
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.
January 10, 2014 1:10 pm
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.