The following is a message from the Colby College Board of Trustees, dated January 21, 2018.
Dear Colby Community,
I am pleased to report that the Board of Trustees and Colby President David A. Greene have agreed to an early contract renewal that continues his presidency through at least 2024.
While David’s contract was slated for renewal two years from now, the board agreed that it was in the best interest of the College to extend the contract for a longer period to ensure that this administration has the time to build on its current record of success. Thanks to his leadership, Colby is experiencing incredible momentum, and our community has already begun to benefit from the advances made since David arrived on campus in 2014.
Among the earliest priorities of this administration was to ensure that Colby was best positioned to enroll students from all backgrounds and experiences who would benefit from this distinctive education. The success in this area has been remarkable, with a 139-percent increase in applications with a corresponding improvement in the diversity and academic quality of the pool. Over the past three years we have enrolled the most academically prepared, diverse cohorts of students in the College’s history, ultimately positioning Colby among the most competitive liberal arts colleges in the world.
Once enrolled these students have access to an outstanding academic program that has been enhanced by partnerships and interdisciplinary opportunities, from DavisConnects and the Colby Labs to research at places like The Jackson Laboratory, Allen Island, and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, where the collaboration with Colby continues to progress. At a time when the value of a liberal arts education is being questioned, Colby is connecting its curriculum to the world through research, internships, global experiences, and partnerships that provide our students with unique opportunities to prepare them for important careers.
While some institutions are reducing their commitment to the arts and humanities, Colby, under David’s leadership, is reemphasizing their essential and central role to the liberal arts. A new program in the environmental humanities and, of course, the Colby Museum of Art and the establishment of the Lunder Institute for American Art, make Colby a premier destination for humanistic study and the creative disciplines. The new center for arts and innovation will reinforce Colby’s strength and leadership position in this area.
From the earliest days of his presidency, David emphasized the importance of Colby’s connection to Waterville. Today, the city that Colby calls home is in a period of dramatic growth, with Colby’s investments and the investments of other entities beginning to show that the city is poised for a renaissance. This fall we will open a new downtown apartment complex that will support our students in important civic engagement experiences and allow all students to live in Colby housing. Back on campus, construction is underway on a new athletic center that we expect to build on Colby’s culture of fitness and wellness and deepen our connection to the broader community.
Colby is on an incredible trajectory. Our alumni and others have jumped in to support our initiatives and this campaign in unprecedented ways, and we’ve already raised almost $400 million toward a $750-million goal.
As we look toward Colby’s future, I, along with the entire Board of Trustees, am confident in David’s leadership and ability to position Colby for continued success. Colby is stronger than it has ever been. We cannot take this for granted; plenty of well-established, important centers of higher learning are being challenged at a time of substantial shifts in higher education. Colby College continues to lead, as it did for two centuries before us.
We are fortunate to have President David Greene leading the charge, and I would like to personally thank him for his dedication to the College. We have a leader who understands the landscape and challenges and who has a vision and plan for cementing Colby’s place among the very best liberal arts colleges in the world.
Eric S. Rosengren ’79, P’12
Chair of the Board of Trustees