Message to the Bowdoin Community – July 1, 2015

June 1, 2015 by Office of the President 

To the Bowdoin community,

Today we begin our work together to ensure Bowdoin’s continued leadership in the liberal arts and American higher education.

President Hyde wrote in 1916 of Bowdoin’s distinctive character—he said it is a place that “can be found nowhere else in the world.” Anyone who spends time on campus or among the Bowdoin community quickly grasps the reality of his words. The past five months since my appointment was announced have been fascinating, thought provoking and great fun, and the welcome we have received from all corners of Bowdoin has been warm and heartfelt. Bowdoin is an exceptional place with extraordinary people, and Julianne and I could not be more delighted to have joined this wonderful community.

So far, I have had the opportunity to meet with about a third of the faculty, with many students and staff, with current and former trustees, with many alumni, and with others who care deeply about this College. I will continue these meetings and look forward to learning about your aspirations for Bowdoin’s future.

We owe a profound debt of gratitude to Barry and Karen Mills for all they achieved these past fourteen years and for placing in our hands a College that is so strong in so many ways. It is now our responsibility to keep Bowdoin moving ahead, to continue serving as a strong, vibrant, deeply relevant and unique liberal arts institution. I am excited about the challenge and the important work we will do together.

Before we know it, Convocation will be upon us in September and Bowdoin’s 214th academic year will begin in earnest. In the meantime, if you’re in Brunswick or on campus this summer and you see us walking Pete and Emmie, our two labs, please do stop and say hello.


Clayton Rose