Office of the President Archives


June 22, 2022 9:40 am

A Message to the Bates Community

I write to share with you that earlier this week, I informed the Board of Trustees of my decision that the upcoming academic year will be my last as president of Bates.


June 4, 2022 8:07 am

Welcome and Remarks at Class of 2020 Commencement Celebration, June 4, 2022

Welcome and Remarks at Class of 2020 Commencement Celebration, June 4, 2022

President Clayton Spencers welcome and remarks at the Class of 2020’s graduation celebration on June 4, 2022.


February 7, 2022 3:18 pm

Information on a Pending Union Issue

Dear Colleagues, In response to questions from faculty and staff, I write to address the union election and the college’s…


January 21, 2022 2:25 pm

Equity and Inclusion: Call for VPEI Search Committee Nominations

Dear Colleagues, I write today with an update on the consultation process regarding the work of equity and inclusion at…


October 12, 2021 3:15 pm

Union Organizing at Bates

Dear Colleagues,

I write to address issues and questions that have arisen in the context of union organizing efforts at Bates and to outline how the college intends to support all employees as we move through the process.


September 30, 2021 4:18 pm

Bates Community Letter: Fall 2021

Dear Members of the Bates Community, As we settle into the rhythms of the academic year, I wanted to be…


September 23, 2021 2:03 pm

Equity, Inclusion, and Antiracism Work at Bates: Report on Progress and Planning

Introduction The work of equity, inclusion, and antiracism is central to achieving our core mission of providing an education that…


August 31, 2021 4:42 pm

‘The Project of Truth-Seeking’: Remarks at Convocation, Aug. 31, 2021

I would like to think with you this morning about a project that is central to everything we do at…


May 11, 2021 11:35 am

May 2021 Financial Update for Faculty & Staff

Dear Colleagues, As we approach the end of the academic and fiscal years, I write to share an update on…


April 20, 2021 7:16 pm

Statement on Chauvin Verdict

The verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin is in, and in this one, singular case, a measure of justice…