The Colby College Board of Trustees honored President William D. Adams in two meaningful ways when it met last week—its members named an endowed financial aid scholarship and a gallery in the Colby College Museum of Art after him. Adams said he was “deeply touched and moved” by the gestures.
The gallery dedication was announced April 25 at a reception held in the museum. The William D. Adams Gallery occupies space at the museum entrance. “The museum has been such an important part of my life here and means so much to me that to have my name attached to it permanently is wonderful,” said Adams, who will step down as president this year.
The board also announced at a dinner later that evening the establishment of the William D. Adams Scholarship Fund. The $3.6-million fund will provide support for one deserving student in each class year. Students who receive aid through the fund will be Adams Scholars.
Under Adams’s leadership, which began in 2000, restricted endowment for financial aid has grown 160 percent and Colby has added more than 150 endowed scholarships. Adams also oversaw major investments in the visual arts at Colby, including the completion of the 26,000-square-foot Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion in the museum.
“The two things I probably care most about are represented in this twin legacy,” said Adams. “That’s the best. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”