2019 Messages to the Community

Message to the Bowdoin Community — October 28, 2019

Next weekend (November 8–10), the College will recognize fifty years of Africana Studies, the John Brown Russwurm African American Center, and the African American Society, known today as the Black Student Union. This is a special moment for the College, one for both celebration and reflection. […]

Message to the Campus Community — October 21, 2019

I am pleased to announce that the College plans to raise the minimum starting wage for benefits-eligible hourly employees to $17.00 an hour by July 1, 2022. This decision—discussed over the weekend with the board of trustees—is the result of excellent and comprehensive work by Matt Orlando and his team that included a regular review over the past several months of our compensation and benefits and an analysis of changing market conditions locally and in Maine. […]

Message to the Campus Community — October 8, 2019

As I announced in April, Arthur C. Brooks will be coming to Bowdoin twice this year as the Joseph McKeen Visiting Fellow. This is a new initiative at the College, as we explore ways for members of our community to meet and engage deeply with accomplished individuals on a variety of topics and important issues. […]

Message to the Campus Community — Aug 30, 2019

Many of you are already back, and others will be returning to campus over the weekend, so let me be among the first to welcome you back and to express my wish for a great academic year, our 218th. […]

Message to the Campus Community — May 2, 2019

Over the course of the last week, and as recently as Tuesday night, there have been several incidents of racial or religious bias on and around our campus. This is a very distressing time for our students who were targeted and a difficult moment for our College, and I am deeply troubled by what has occurred. […]

Message to the Campus Community — April 9, 2019

I am pleased to announce that, beginning this fall, Arthur C. Brooks will join the College community as Bowdoin’s inaugural Joseph McKeen Visiting Fellow, an appointment that will bring him to campus for two days each semester for a series of formal talks, student and faculty meetings, class visits, and other community events. […]

Message to the Bowdoin Community — April 8, 2019

I am very pleased to announce that I have appointed Janet Lohmann, our current dean of students, to serve as Bowdoin’s new dean for student affairs, effective July 1, 2019. Janet will succeed Tim Foster, who, as you know, will step down at the end of the current academic year. […]

Message to Students, Faculty, and Staff — January 28, 2019

I write this morning to share the exciting news that the College will be constructing two new buildings adjacent to each other near the corner of Sills Drive and College Street, across the street from the Roux Center for the Environment. […]

Message to the Bowdoin Community — January 14, 2019

I am writing to follow up on my message of November 19 regarding proposed new Title IX regulations focused on how sexual misconduct cases are handled on college campuses. Our careful review of these proposed rules reveals areas of serious concern, and today we have submitted detailed and extensive comments about the proposal to the federal government [...]