Community Messages

Benje Douglas Appointment (August 30, 2022)
I announced last March that Benje Douglas agreed to lead our Office of Inclusion and Diversity on an interim basis after six years as director of gender violence prevention and education and Title IX coordinator, and more recently as associate vice president for inclusion and diversity and director of Title IX with additional responsibility for inclusion and diversity in the Division of Student Affairs. Based on his outstanding work over the last five months in the interim role, and his consistently outstanding work at the College over the last eight years, I am very pleased to announce that I have appointed Benje as our permanent senior vice president for inclusion and diversity.

Welcome Back! (August 29, 2022)
Welcome and welcome back! It has been fantastic to see so many of you, and especially to greet our new first-year and transfer students and their families. I am writing to share a few thoughts with you as we begin our new academic year.

221st Convocation—Tuesday, August 30, 2022 (August 16, 2022)
This year’s Convocation, our 221st, will be held on Tuesday, August 30, at 3:30 p.m. in Pickard Theater. I cordially invite you to attend, and I hope that you will be able to be part of the official start to this academic year.

Fall 2022 COVID-19 Protocols (August 3, 2022)
I am writing to update you on our COVID-19 protocols for the fall semester. As we know by now, things can (and will likely) change, and we will adjust, if necessary, but these plans will guide us through the coming academic year. We will continue to communicate with the campus as necessary, and for the latest information you can always visit the COVID-19 website.

Hybrid, Remote, and Flexible Schedule Work Policy (July 6, 2022)
Beginning today, with a phase-in period described below, we are implementing a formal Hybrid, Remote, and Flexible Schedule Work Policy for the staff at Bowdoin that is informed by the Hybrid Working Group’s report, an in-depth review of policies implemented or being considered at a number of other schools, advice from an expert consultant, and several months of considerable work by the senior staff and human resources.

Thank You (June 9, 2022)
Commencement and Reunion were the culmination of an amazing year of renewal as we managed our way through the challenges of COVID-19 and moved our campus and our community much closer to a normal Bowdoin experience.

Extra Days Off (May 17, 2022)
Thank you for your amazing work and dedication. The past two years, as we all know so well, have brought historic challenges to the College, and throughout it all you have continued to bring your best to serve our mission, our students, and one another. To help recognize all that you have done for Bowdoin, we will be providing extra days off this summer.

Killings in Buffalo (May 15, 2022)
I am writing to you, again, about murder and hate. Ten people were killed Saturday afternoon and three others were wounded by a self-proclaimed racist and anti-Semite. Of the thirteen victims, eleven are Black, and they were targeted because they were Black. We mourn for those who were murdered, our hearts are with those who knew them and who loved them, and we pray for the recovery of those who are wounded.

Achieving a Fossil Fuel-Free Campus (May 9, 2022)
After two years of intensive and multidisciplinary effort involving many individuals from across campus and beyond, I am pleased to share “Sustainable Bowdoin 2042,” a clean-energy action plan that invests a minimum of $100 million in campus infrastructure over the next fifteen years with the goal of utilizing carbon-free clean energy by 2042.

Bowdoin's 217th Commencement Weekend-May 26–28, 2022 (April 27, 2022)
I write to invite all of you to participate in the events and celebrations of Bowdoin’s Commencement Weekend.

Message from Board of Trustees Chair Robert F. White ’77, P'15 (April 19, 2022)
By now you have likely read Clayton’s message, in which he announces that the 2022–2023 academic year will be his last as president of our college.

President Rose Announcement (April 19, 2022)
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.

Reinstating Masks (April 12, 2022)
As of today, masks will be required indoors at all times unless actively eating and drinking or in your own residence hall. This includes classrooms, the library, the dining halls, Buck Fitness Center, Smith Union, and all other indoor public spaces on campus. Indoor social gatherings in residence halls are limited to twenty-five (25) people. 

Masks and Testing (April 6, 2022)
Beginning Thursday, April 7, we will end the mandatory masking for fully vaccinated individuals* in almost all campus locations, but for the time being, faculty will have the discretion to require masks in the classroom.

Official College Calendar for the 221st Academic Year (March 10, 2022)
The official calendar for Bowdoin’s 221st academic year (2022–2023) and the tentative calendars for 2023–2024 and 2024–2025 are now available.

DEI Update and New Positions (March 9, 2022)
This note is a follow-up to my announcement earlier today regarding Benje Douglas’s appointment as interim chief diversity officer (CDO) and head of our Office of Inclusion and Diversity. It includes an update on our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work, a word on the work to come, and information about three related positions that will be established at the College.

Benje Douglas Named Interim CDO (March 9, 2022)
I am very pleased to announce that Benje Douglas has been appointed Bowdoin’s interim chief diversity officer (CDO) and head of our Office of Inclusion and Diversity, effective immediately.

Share Your Ideas (February 4, 2022)
While our experience with COVID-19 has been challenging, it has also led to some innovative ideas and practices. Please consider taking the time to share your thoughts—the College will be better for it.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 17, 2022)
Today we officially recognize the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Moving Forward with COVID-19 (January 10, 2022)
I am writing to share with you our approach to the challenges of COVID-19 going forward, based on what we now know and the tools we now have.