2018 Messages to the Community

Message to the Bowdoin Community — November 20, 2018

I am writing with an update on the search for the dean of student affairs to replace Tim Foster, who will be retiring in June 2019 [...]

Message to Faculty and Staff — November 19, 2018

As you may have seen, US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos proposed new Title IX regulations on Friday that appear intended to change the way colleges and universities respond to reports of gender-based violence, sexual misconduct, and sexual harassment. The College is carefully reviewing these proposed rules and assessing their potential impact [...]

Message to the Bowdoin Community — November 12, 2018

Our dean of student affairs, Tim Foster, has informed me that he will retire at the end of the current academic year in June. He plans to take some time to focus on things his approach to the job has not allowed and will then consider what he might devote his considerable talents and energies to in the next chapter of his life [...]

Message to the Campus Community — October 28, 2018

As you know, on Saturday there was a shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Eleven people were killed and six were wounded, including four police officers. On Wednesday, two people, both black, were gunned down at a supermarket in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, by an individual who earlier had tried to enter the First Baptist Church, a predominantly black house of worship. We mourn for those who are gone and grieve with their families, and our thoughts are with those who are recovering [...]

Message to the Campus Community — October 16, 2018

It is our practice to notify you when an anonymous act of bias takes place on our campus. Regrettably, such an act has occurred. The Bias Incident Group—established at the College in 1988 to provide a prompt response to anonymous acts of bias and to ensure that they come to the […]

Message to the Campus Community — September 6, 2018

As returning faculty, staff, and students know, last fall I asked a group to consider the question of “What knowledge, skills and creative dispositions — KSCD) do we want every student who graduates ten years from now to possess?” Led by faculty and chaired by Professor Chuck Dorn, the group also included […]

Message to the Campus Community — August 27, 2018

Welcome back! I hope everyone has had a great summer and that you are rested, ready, and energized to begin Bowdoin’s 217th academic year. We’ll get underway tomorrow afternoon with the official opening of the College at Convocation, which will include remarks by Professor of Art Michael Kolster, Dean Tim Foster, […]

Message to the Bowdoin Community — April 19, 2018

Today—on the eve of Earth Day—we have several exciting announcements about our commitment to sustainability and the environment: we have achieved carbon neutrality at Bowdoin two years ahead of schedule, we are entering into a pioneering renewable energy partnership that will create the largest solar array in Maine today, and we […]

Message to Students, Faculty, and Staff — January 15, 2018

America has “come a long, long way” in ending racial inequality “but we have a long, long way to go—north and south—if this problem is to be solved in our nation. We don’t need to look very far to see that. We can only open our newspapers morning after morning […]

Message to the Bowdoin Community — January 11, 2018

I am delighted to announce that Michael Reed will be joining Bowdoin on March 1 as our new senior vice president for inclusion and diversity. Michael was the unanimous and enthusiastic choice of our search committee in an impressive pool of candidates because of his experience, the quality and results of […]

Message to the Bowdoin Community — January 9, 2018

To the Bowdoin community, Happy New Year! I am very pleased to start 2018 by announcing the appointment of Michael Cato as Bowdoin’s new senior vice president and chief information officer — CIO). Michael comes to us from Vassar College, where he has served as vice president for computing and information services and CIO since 2013. […]