Office of the President Archives


November 13, 2015 3:09 pm

Letter to the campus community

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.


October 4, 2015 1:59 pm

Remarks at the inauguration of Valerie Smith, president of Swarthmore College

In Val Smith, you have chosen an inspired and inspiring leader.


September 9, 2015 1:55 pm

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


September 1, 2015 12:57 pm

Bates Community Letter: Fall 2015

Bates Community Letter: Fall 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.


June 6, 2015 2:49 pm

Remarks to Bishop’s University Class of 2015

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

President Clayton Spencer’s letter about recent campus events

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

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

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

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

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

Bates Community Letter: Fall 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.


January 21, 2014 8:00 am

President Clayton Spencer’s statement on climate change and divestment

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.