2016 Messages to the Community

Message to the Bowdoin Community — November 22, 2016

As reported in Friday’s edition of The Bowdoin Orient, our students are currently collecting signatures for a petition calling on the College to investigate how we might make Bowdoin a “sanctuary campus” to protect certain “current and future students from intimidation, unfair investigation, and deportation.” As we have seen in the past […]

Message to Faculty and Staff — November 18, 2016

As you know, on Monday December 5 we will have Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times and Jason Riley of The Wall Street Journal together on the Pickard Theater stage to discuss and debate freedom of speech and political correctness on college campuses, a topic chosen through a student […]

Message to the Campus Community — November 10, 2016

Some of you were present yesterday afternoon in Smith Union when members of our community came together to discuss Tuesday’s presidential election, its effects and ramifications, and how we are feeling as individuals about the outcome. I was moved by what I heard from students, faculty, and staff, and I was […]

Message to the Campus Community — November 2, 2016

I write to share results of a student survey conducted last winter to help us all better understand student experiences with relationships, sexual misconduct, and sexual assault. A summary of what we learned from the survey and how the results will inform our programming this year and beyond is available […]

Message to the Campus Community — October 13, 2016

On Friday, October 21, 2016, as part of Family Weekend, we will have a series of exciting programs that I cordially invite you to attend. Our Common Hour speaker is Peter Norvig, a director of research at Google Inc. who previously directed Google’s core search algorithms group. He is coauthor of […]

Message to Campus Community — October 12, 2016

Welcome back from fall break. I am writing to share with you my thoughts on a handful of matters, most of which I have been speaking about in various venues at the College recently. I welcome your thoughts and feedback on any of this. After a year spent listening, learning, […]

Message to Bowdoin Campus Community — September 22, 2016

It is exciting and gratifying to see the significant ongoing work at the College to foster respectful discussion and debate around the challenging issues of our time. Ours is a community with varied and sophisticated voices and perspectives on these topics, and I am inspired by these efforts and the clear […]

Message to the Bowdoin Community — September 19, 2016

I am very pleased to announce that United States Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) has accepted my invitation to speak at Bowdoin ahead of the upcoming presidential election. Senator Collins, who most recently spoke at Bowdoin during our Commencement Exercises in 2014, will join me on the stage of Pickard […]

Message to Campus Community — September 1, 2016

As many of you will recall, last December I asked Camille Charles, the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and Rory Kramer, assistant professor at Villanova University, to spend time on campus to help us understand better how to make […]

Message to Alumni and Parents — August 11, 2016

I write to share news about Bowdoin’s “Founding Principles: American Government in Theory and Action” video series. The now completed fifteen-part series of short, engaging videos offers a comprehensive overview of how American government was designed, how it is supposed to work, and how citizens can participate. Recent studies have shown […]

Message to Faculty and Staff — June 30, 2016

With the close of the 2105-16 academic year, I want to thank you for everything you have done for Bowdoin. The remarkable work you do, the passion with which you do it, and the way in which you care for and respect one another, our students, alumni, and the community […]

Message to the Bowdoin Community — June 22, 2016

The academic year just completed saw magnificent achievements in our classrooms and laboratories, unparalleled success in athletics, vibrant artistic contributions, and the enduring spirit of friendship and goodwill that defines this community, even as we worked through some of the most challenging issues that face college campuses and society today. Bowdoin […]

Message to Faculty and Staff — May 6, 2016

I am very pleased to report that Matthew Orlando, our current vice president for finance and assistant treasurer, has agreed to lead our staff in finance and administration and in the treasurer’s office on an interim basis when Katy Longley leaves the College at the end of June. The College will […]

Message to the Campus Community — May 3, 2016

I am writing with an update on the search for a permanent dean for academic affairs. As you know, Professor Jennifer Scanlon is serving as interim dean for academic affairs through June 2017. As announced in April 2015 when Jen was appointed, the College will conduct a national search for […]

Message to Faculty and Staff — May 2, 2016

I’m writing to inform you of several changes to the senior administration of the College. Rick Ganong ’86, P’17, senior vice president for development and alumni relations, has decided to pursue business interests beyond the College following two-and-a-half years of service to Bowdoin. Scott Meiklejohn will move from admissions to lead […]

Message to the Bowdoin Community — April 21, 2016

I write with mixed emotions to let you know that Katy Longley, our senior vice president for finance and administration and treasurer, will be leaving the College at the end of June for a new opportunity as vice president and chief financial officer at the Jackson Laboratory. Headquartered in Bar Harbor […]

Message to the Bowdoin Community — March 4, 2016

There is currently commentary in the press and social media about a “tequila party” on campus and the reactions of students and the administration. Some aspects of what has been reported have been accurate, others have not, and some facts and context are missing. 

Message to the Campus Community — March 2, 2016

Bowdoin College will soon begin its self-study in preparation for our reaccreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The self-study process provides an opportunity to look back on what we have accomplished since our last comprehensive review in 2006, and look ahead to what we want to […]

Message to the Bowdoin Community — February 24, 2016

As you know from Tim Foster’s e-mail message on Monday, we are investigating a possible act of bias. Tim and his colleagues are spending considerable time gathering the facts, and he will report back to the community when it is appropriate. Bear in mind that any matter that is referred […]

Message to the Bowdoin Community — February 16, 2016

This morning we are announcing a remarkable gift of $10 million from Barb and Dave Roux that will transform the study of the environment at the College. A new building, The Roux Center for the Environment, will be built. While the building itself is exciting, it is what we envision for the […]

Message to Students, Faculty and Staff — January 18, 2016

I hope you each had a peaceful and joyous holiday season with family and friends. As you know, today we mark the birth and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is an opportunity to celebrate his remarkable life and to reflect on the changes his work brought in beginning to […]