After many productive and thoughtful discussions with students and alumni of the rugby program, it has become clear that both the College and the supporters of club rugby at Colby could benefit from further discussions about the future of the program. Accordingly, I have recommended to President William D. Adams that we extend our commitment to the rugby program—at the current funding level—through the end of the 2014-15 season, and he has agreed to do so.

While this is not a permanent solution, I hope that in the time afforded us by this decision we can seek ways to satisfy the College’s very real need to effectively manage the safety issues surrounding the sport, clearly identify the financial resources needed to manage those risks going forward, and honor the passion and commitment so clearly held by those who love the sport.

Lori Kletzer
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty