Announcement from President Clayton Rose (April 19, 2022)

To the Bowdoin community,

I am writing this morning to tell you that this next academic year will be my last at Bowdoin, and I will be stepping down as president on June 30, 2023.

I have reached this decision after considerable thought, and it was not taken easily—serving the College is the privilege of my professional life and being a part of the Bowdoin community is a joy for Julianne and me. With Bowdoin stronger than it has ever been in virtually every regard and with the clear prospect of life on campus and elsewhere returning to normal in the months ahead as we learn to live with the ups and downs of the virus, the end of the next academic year will be the right time to welcome a new president to the College.

Bowdoin is a special place. We have amazing faculty and staff who are dedicated to the mission of educating our students to lead and to make a difference. Intellectual gifts, a strong work ethic, character, kindness, and a desire to engage with our most challenging problems define our students. The devotion of our alumni and parents to the College is deep and inspiring. And, as we have witnessed time and again over the last two years, we are a community that cares deeply for one another. 

We have life-changing academic, cocurricular, and extracurricular programs and experiences. Our faculty are great teachers, and they create important and meaningful knowledge, art, performance, and music. Our staff work day in and day out across the College to make the Bowdoin experience varied and rich. Our unwavering commitment to access is central to who we are, and it places us among only a handful of other colleges and universities in this country. Equally unshakable is our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, to social and racial justice, and to creating a community where we each have the equal opportunity to fully belong. We enjoy an exceptional financial position, with a significant endowment and annual giving that is the envy of our peers. Our From Here campaign is more than 85 percent complete and, when it is finished, we will have exceeded our ambitious goal of raising over $500 million.

This is only possible through a collective effort. It is a privilege to work so closely with my faculty and staff colleagues to further the mission of the College, and to come to know so many of our alumni and parents who have played a critical role in supporting this mission. Bowdoin is fortunate to have amazing trustees who are devoted to the College, and who have provided me with great wisdom and advice. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to the senior staff with whom I have been so lucky to work—they are amazing in their commitment to Bowdoin, and in their many skills, steadfast effort, and good humor in the face of intense challenges. Most importantly, I have cherished the opportunity to come to know so many of our students and to learn so much from them; they will change the world.

I do not yet know what will come next in my professional life. I have been very lucky to have had several chapters that have been remarkably interesting, rewarding, and fun—none more so than being here at Bowdoin—and I am looking forward to taking some time to consider the next chapter. I do know that when we leave, Julianne and I will spend more time with our kids and three grandchildren and enjoy some long-delayed travel to be with friends and to reengage the world. 

I am looking forward to the work we will do over the next year, and to thanking as many of you as possible in person for all that you do for Bowdoin College.

All the best,

Clayton