To the Bates College Community From Board Chair, Mike Bonney ’80

Dear Members of the Bates College Community,

On behalf of the Bates College Board of Trustees, I write to announce that President Elaine Hansen has informed the Trustee Executive Committee of her intention to step down as Bates President effective July 2011.

Elaine has accepted a new leadership position well aligned with her professional interests. She expects her new position to be made public within the next two weeks, but given the timing she wanted us to know of her decision as soon as possible so that we could prepare for this transition.

We are profoundly grateful to Elaine, who has served for nine years as Bates’ President, leading the faculty, staff, students and alumni of Bates College.

Elaine’s capable dedication to Bates began with a tall order of requests from the 2002 Board of Trustees: provide strong support for our faculty and academic life, broaden the reach of Bates to a more diverse array of talented students, and secure philanthropy that will assure the college’s fiscal strength. We also asked her to consider improvements to the college’s buildings and grounds, and to provide strong financial and organizational leadership to the college as a whole…

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