Office of the President Archives


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.


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…