Meeting with 285 Colby supporters in Boston Sept. 30, President David A. Greene shared his thoughts on lifting Colby to new heights and the role of the Colby community in the College’s future. Greene said a sharp divide is growing in the higher education landscape and he wants to see Colby among the best.
“There will be a smaller group of places that sit up top, that have extraordinary resources and will be the most sought after in the world,” he told Colby supporters in Boston Sept. 30. “And Colby will be one of them.”
That message of aspiration and resolve resonated through much of the Boston President Greene Welcome Tour event, held downtown at the State Room. Alumni, parents, and Colby friends met with Greene and listened as he spoke with Board of Trustees member Jane Powers ’86 about his plans and about the role of the Colby community in the future of the College.
The event was co-hosted by Jeffrey Packman ’88, Trustee, and Karen Linde Packman ’88 and the Colby Club of Boston. It was the first in a series of nine events that will offer Colby community members in the United States and in England the chance to meet with Greene and consider Colby’s future.
Greene and Powers discussed emerging issues related to the liberal arts. Asked by Powers what he believes Colby’s value proposition to be, Greene pointed to the College’s meaningful interactions among students and faculty, its close-knit community, its natural setting, and the Colby Museum of Art. Using those assets in innovative ways to provide an educational experience of the highest level will be key as Colby seeks to further distinguish itself, he said.
“The next step going forward is going to be connecting the liberal arts to the world outside the academy in very direct ways,” he said. “We can create a suite of experiences for our students that is fundamentally different from what they’ll get at any other college.”
Following the discussion with Powers, Greene took questions from the audience and addressed the need to invest in the local community, to increase Colby’s commitment to diversity, and to continue to expand access to Colby for promising applicants.
Future President Greene Welcome Tour events will be held in New York, N. Y., Chicago, Ill., Washington, D.C., Portland, Maine, West Palm Beach, Fla., Denver, Colo., San Francisco, Calif., and London, England. For a full schedule, visit the President Greene Welcome Tour webpage.