From the bold vision of our president, amazing new academic initiatives, athletic successes, student achievements and the experiences on our campus, the past year demonstrated the power and value of our liberal arts education.

It starts at the top

Get to know President David A. Greene and his vision for Colby.

President David A. Greene

Colby students are changing the world

Last year we followed Benard Kibet ’18 as he made a life-changing contribution to his village in Kenya. This story, Maji, just earned one of the highest accolades in higher ed. But what has happened since the film is even more remarkable. Find out why.

Benard Kibet ’18 in Kenya.

Commitment to the environment

Colby was on the forefront of academic environmental programs in the 1970s, and we continued our leadership this year by creating new rigorous, distinctive interdisciplinary academic initiatives in environmental studies: The Buck Environment and Climate Change Lab, a partnership with the Up East Foundation on Allen Island, and a new program—named for Colby professor Russ Cole—to fund student environmental research.


Revitalizing Waterville

This year Colby and the Alfond Foundation announced a $20-million investment in the city. With renovations underway to house new businesses, a new center for community spaces, retail, and residences for students and faculty in progress, and a boutique hotel and eatery in planning, Colby’s investments are inspiring others and creating a sustainable economy in downtown Waterville.



Colby’s Class of 2021

The incoming Class of 2021 is the most diverse, competitive class of students in our history, drawn from the largest applicant pool we’ve ever had.

Infographic showing surge in admissions applicants

Lunder Institute for American Art

Transformational is the only way to describe the Lunder Institute. An unparalleled gift from Peter ’56 and Life Trustee Paula Lunder earlier this year again sets Colby’s museum apart and sets the stage for a new era of scholarship in American art.

Remarkable speakers

The roster of speakers to visit campus last year was remarkable. Sen. Angus King. Khalid Albaih, Winona LaDuke, Amy Walter ’91, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Alissa J. Rubin, Sally Yates P’17, and more. Their presence, words, and wisdom were a defining part of the #YearofColby.



What a year for the Mules!

Women’s lacrosse stood atop the NESCAC, while men’s hockey triumphed over a rival (twice). We celebrated an All-American in tennis, Vlad Murad ’17, the career of a captain, Mardi Haskell ’17, the shattering of school records on the track and in the pool, and much more.

Women's lacrosse

Colby athletes

Colby hockey game

Athletic legacies

This year endowed coaching positions in men’s basketball and lacrosse were named for two remarkable people. Our basketball community united to honor John “Swisher” Mitchell’s commitment to Colby, which spans generations. The lacrosse community ensured the legacy of the late Jack Sandler will influence generations of athletes yet to come.

John "Swisher" Mitchell

John “Swisher” Mitchell

Jack Sandler

Jack Sandler


Starting this fall, our new DavisConnects program will support internships, research opportunities, and guarantee a global experience for every Colby student. Our deepest thanks to Andrew Davis ’85, LL.D. ’15 and his family for their generosity this year to bring this idea to life.

Commencement speaker Joe Biden

A most memorable moment from the #YearofColby: the impromptu stroll of commencement speaker Joe Biden down the quad, and his subsequent run to North Street Dairy Cone. A fitting ending to a great day.

Reunion Weekend

What a terrific celebration to cap an amazing year, featuring so many of our family and friends.

See you next year!