2017 Messages to the Community

Season’s Greetings from Clayton and Julianne Rose — December 16, 2017

With exams well underway and the end of the fall semester nearly upon us, Julianne and I wish you all the best for the holiday season and the coming new year. We hope you will enjoy watching this short holiday video. Sincerely, Clayton

Message to the Campus Community — November 2, 2017

Thank you for your patience, resilience, and high spirits during this week’s power outage. We were very lucky this week, despite losing a number of trees—including several on the main quad. No one was injured, our buildings and facilities suffered no structural damage, and the relatively warm temperatures helped quite a […]

Message to the Campus Community — October 27, 2017

As one of the final steps in Bowdoin’s decennial review for reaccreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), a team of evaluators (listed below) will visit campus to meet with students, faculty, staff, and trustees from Sunday, November 5, to Wednesday, November 8. The evaluators, accomplished leaders […]

Message to the Campus Community — October 24, 2017

On Friday, October 27, 2017, as part of Family Weekend, we will have a series of exciting programs that I cordially invite you to attend. Our Common Hour: Arnold D. Kates Lecture speaker is Erin O’Shea, President, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Paul C. Mangelsdorf Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University. Her talk, “How and Why Cells Keep Time: The […]

Message to Campus Community — September 29, 2017

From Monday, October 2, through Friday, October 13, the College will conduct a two-week workplace campaign in support of the United Way of Mid Coast Maine and MaineShare. I write to ask that you consider participating in this effort or that you renew your support for these organizations, as Julianne and […]

Message to Students, Faculty, and Staff — September 25, 2017

I write to announce an exciting and generous gift of $5 million dollars from alumnus Reed Hastings ’83 that will allow the College to develop a program that will substantially transform the experience of low-income students, first-generation students, and those students traditionally underrepresented at Bowdoin. With these funds, the College […]

Message to Campus Community — September 13, 2017

I am very pleased to announce an upcoming event at the College designed to encourage and model open and respectful discussion and debate on controversial and challenging issues. On Monday evening, October 2, Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute and a leading conservative voice in America, will join Frank Bruni of The […]

Message to Students, Faculty, and Staff — September 12, 2017

Today we announce an initiative designed to help students explore in a new way the rewards and challenges of working in government agencies, political offices, and non-governmental organizations engaged in public policy. Beginning this spring, the new Bowdoin Public Service (BPS) Initiative will immerse participating students in the world of […]

Message to Students, Faculty, and Staff — September 7, 2017

I write to update you on the progress of Bowdoin’s 2017 Reaccreditation Review. During the 2016-17 academic year, the campus prepared Bowdoin’s self-study report to share with the team of evaluators who will visit on November 5-8, 2017. The self-study is now publicly available via the reaccreditation website or this direct link. I […]

Message to Students, Faculty, and Staff — September 6, 2017

Today we are announcing a wonderful $10-million gift from Bowdoin parents Phil Schiller and Kim Gassett-Schiller that will allow us to substantially expand and enrich opportunities for students and faculty studying the ocean and the environment at what will now be called the Schiller Coastal Studies Center, located a dozen […]

Message to Students, Faculty, and Staff — September 5, 2017

To students, faculty, and staff, By now, many of you will have heard of President Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, with a “wind down” period that ends when the program expires six months from now on March 5, 2018. This is a profoundly disappointing decision—one that places in […]

Message to the Bowdoin Community — August 29, 2017

To the Bowdoin campus community: Welcome back. It has been a busy summer, and it is terrific to have everyone on campus as we begin our 216th academic year. I am writing today to provide you with the Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Inclusion and to let you know about a search we […]

Message to Students, Faculty, and Staff — August 19, 2017

This morning, the College is moving a plaque memorializing Confederate President Jefferson Davis H’1858 and eighteen Bowdoin and Medical School of Maine alumni who fought for the Confederacy in the American Civil War from the first-floor lobby of Memorial Hall (where it has hung since 1965) to special collections […]

Statement on Charlottesville — August 15, 2017

The racism, anti-Semitism, hate, violence, and death over the weekend in Charlottesville weigh heavily on us all. The murder of Heather Heyer is an unspeakable crime. We mourn her and our hearts go out to her family and friends. The Klan, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and those who give them […]

Message to the Bowdoin Community — May 17, 2017

I write with the news that Mitch Davis, our senior vice president and chief information officer, will be leaving the College at the end of June to move to Hanover, New Hampshire, where he will become vice president and chief information officer at Dartmouth College​. This is a great opportunity for Mitch, […]

Message to Faculty and Staff — April 26, 2017

I write to share the announcement of our 2017 honorary degree recipients and to invite all of you to participate in the events and celebrations of Bowdoin’s Commencement weekend. This year, the College will confer four honorary degrees at our Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 27. The recipients are Pulitzer Prize-winning […]

Message to Bowdoin Community — March 27, 2017

Welcome back to campus. I hope you’ve all had a great break and return with energy and enthusiasm for the final push toward the end of the academic year, now just nine weeks away. I have every expectation that the snow will be truly gone well before then! I am very […]

Rose Signs Letter Urging President Trump to ‘Rectify or Rescind’ Immigration Order

In a letter delivered late Thursday to the White House, Bowdoin College President Clayton Rose joined with 47 other American college and university presidents to urge President Donald Trump to “rectify or rescind the recent executive order closing our country‘s borders to immigrants and others from seven majority-Muslim countries and to refugees from throughout the world.” “If left in place,” […]

Message to the Bowdoin Community — January 30, 2017

The executive order on immigration signed Friday by President Trump causes me to write to restate Bowdoin’s values and our approach in these matters. As you know, the order signed by the president—“Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”—immediately modified aspects of immigration law in the US […]

Message to the Bowdoin Community — January 26, 2017

It is our practice to notify you when an anonymous act of bias takes place on our campus. Regretfully, such an act has occurred. Late last night, a student reported that his floormate had discovered, photographed, and then destroyed a swastika that had been carved into the snow on the Osher […]

Message to the Bowdoin Community — January 4, 2017

I am very pleased to announce that Matt Orlando has been appointed senior vice president for finance and administration & treasurer at the College, effective immediately. Matt’s appointment follows an extensive national search—one that attracted a diverse and impressive pool of qualified candidates—and substantial work by the search committee. Matt’s considerable […]