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Colby College will inaugurate its 20th president, David A. Greene, in a formal ceremony Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. on the lawn of Miller Library. At the event, which is open to the public and will be streamed live, Greene will provide his first public address as president. Associated events on Friday, Sept. 12, and Saturday, Sept. 13, are also open to the public and will also be streamed live at colby.edu/inauguration.
At the installation ceremony President Greene will present honorary degrees to four distinguished individuals: David Axelrod, founder of the bipartisan Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and former campaign advisor to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama; Susan Collins, United States Senator from Maine known for her work on facilitating bipartisan compromise; Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, sociologist and Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and Robert J. Zimmer, a groundbreaking mathematician and president of the University of Chicago since 2006.
A panel discussion at 10:30 a.m. Saturday will include aforementioned honored guests and will be moderated by William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government L. Sandy Maisel. Titled “The Role of Liberal Arts in Developing Future Leaders: Toward a More Engaged—and Civil—Citizenry,” the event will be streamed live from Ostrove Auditorium in the Diamond Building. Those attending in person are invited to view student poster presentations in the Diamond Building atrium beginning at 10 a.m.
On Friday between 1 and 4 p.m., in the Bixler Art and Music Center’s Given Auditorium, members of Colby’s faculty will present brief talks about their scholarship and collaborations with students. Faculty speakers are Catherine Besteman, Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology; D. Whitney King, Dr. Frank and Theodora Miselis Professor of Chemistry; Lydia Moland, associate professor of philosophy; Philip Nyhus, associate professor of environmental studies; Andrea Tilden, J. Warren Merrill Associate Professor of Biology; and John Turner, associate professor of history. Details on the timing of each talk are available at colby.edu/inauguration.
At 4:30 p.m., following the faculty presentations, President Greene will lead a discussion with faculty reflecting on the work they showcased. Questions are welcome via Twitter at #ColbyNextShowcase or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alumni, students, staff, and members of the public are all invited to participate in person or electronically.
Founded in 1813, Colby’s 201-year history is marked by the long tenure of its presidents. President Greene is the seventh president to take office in the last century and the fourth since the end of World War II. His predecessors during that postwar period—Robert E.L. Strider, William R. Cotter, and William D. Adams—transformed Colby from a regional college to a global institution in the top tier of liberal arts colleges.
Full details about the inauguration—including information about President Greene, the full schedule, and webcast testing—are at colby.edu/inauguration. All are invited to join the conversation on social media through the hashtag #ColbyNext.