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Delegates from more than 40 colleges and universities from Maine to California attended the Saturday, October 21, inauguration of William D. Adams, president of Colby College in Waterville, Maine. “Now and in the years ahead, I think we must be committed to the steady reinvention of the practices of liberal learning,” Adams told the students, faculty, alumni and other friends of the college who attended the two day celebration.

“I say this not because I fear that demand for the particular brand of liberal learning we provide will somehow evaporate—the omens here suggest something very different—but rather because our strength and excellence create the opportunity to do some striking things, and because the dynamic leadership of places like Colby will have a great deal to do with the prospects for liberal learning in the broader context of American higher education.”

Senator Olympia Snowe and Congressman Tom Allen both welcomed Adams and brought greetings from the State of Maine. It was the first inauguration at Colby since 1979 and only the second since 1960. Adams, who previously served as president of Bucknell University, succeeded William R. Cotter as president of the liberal arts college.

Press Advisory: For a full transcript of Adams’s inaugural address contact Alicia MacLeay (anmaclea@colby.edu or 207-872-3220).