Office of the President Archives


January 10, 2014 1:10 pm

President Clayton Spencer’s statement on the boycott of Israeli academic institutions

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.


September 9, 2013 5:10 pm

Bates Community Letter: Fall 2013

Bates Community Letter: Fall 2013

I write to share with you developments at the college as we welcome the Class of 2017 and begin a new academic year.


September 3, 2013 7:37 pm

‘Some Thoughts on Work’: Remarks at Convocation, Sept. 3, 2013

Thank you, Brent, and thank you, Matt, for those very thoughtful reflections. I am going to direct my remarks today…


October 26, 2012 2:48 pm

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

Well, I guess now I really am the eighth president of Bates College. It is an enormous honor and a…


September 4, 2012 2:47 pm

Remarks at Convocation: Sept. 4, 2012

Welcome back, faculty, staff and returning students, to the beginning of a new year. And welcome, Class of 2016, to…


January 25, 2012 2:45 pm

Video remarks from President Clayton Spencer

Watch video remarks from Bates’ eighth President, Clayton Spencer Educating the whole person: Why Bates? The liberal arts: Bates as…


December 9, 2011 2:43 pm

President-elect Clayton Spencer’s first remarks

Remarks by President-elect Clayton Spencer on Dec. 4, 2011, following her introduction by Mike Bonney ’80, chair of the Bates…