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Another Historic Moment for Colby College

October 23, 2017

We have just launched a comprehensive fundraising campaign to ensure that our students and faculty have the resources they need to do their very best work in this century and beyond. We launched with a goal that is unprecedented among liberal arts colleges—$750 million.

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Media Coverage New York Times

New Life for the Wyeth Legacy Five Miles Out to Sea

February 7, 2022
Colby College of Waterville, Maine, around 75 miles inland from the islands, is set to announce it has acquired Allen and Benner from the family’s two foundations, Up East and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art. Read more
Media Coverage Boston Globe

Maine college invests in once-struggling mill town, hoping rising tide will lift both

October 24, 2021
Bringing trees back to Main Street is not a novel idea, but the ongoing revitalization of this former mill city goes far beyond plantings and sidewalk beautification. It's one small, aesthetic piece of a broad and ambitious plan, driven largely by Colby, to restore vitality and good jobs to a small city that had lost much of both over the decades. And for the private college, which often seemed further removed than the two miles to downtown, it's a chance to give back to the city for the benefit of both, Greene said. Read more
Media Coverage Fortune

Why A.I. needs the liberal arts

October 19, 2021
“We in the liberal arts need to be vibrant participants in shaping A.I. and not just spectators.” Earlier this year, Greene signaled that Colby—which enrolls about 2,000 students annually and has an endowment less than 4% the size of Stanford’s $28.9 billion—intends to play a key part in that process. Read more
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Should every B.A. include some AI?

February 16, 2021
Colby is among the first liberal arts colleges to create an artificial intelligence institute to teach students about AI and machine learning through the lenses of subjects like history, gender studies and biology. The college received a $30 million gift from a former student to set up its new institute. Read more
Media Coverage The Business Journals

Colby College doubles down on artificial intelligence … and its hometown

February 8, 2021
David Greene wants to modernize the liberal arts model, and a new $30 million artificial intelligence hub is a big piece of that puzzle. Greene recently spoke with The Business Journals’ Hilary Burns about his high hopes for the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence as well as Colby’s recent investments in its hometown. Read more
Media Coverage Boston Globe

At Colby College, an honor for a former slave

November 26, 2017
Colby, like many colleges, is grappling with its complicated historical ties to slavery. Other schools have done so only after outcry from students. Here, it took very little prompting for the president to coax his campus to confront this chapter of its history. “This is one of those stories that we never should have buried. It should have been out front for us for a long time,” said president David Greene. Read more
Media Coverage Maine Magazine

President Greene honored as one of ’50 Mainers Leading by Example’

July 12, 2017
The honor stems from his making the revitalization of downtown Waterville a priority for the college. “Today, while Colby is stronger than ever, Waterville is facing challenges,” Greene told Maine Magazine. "I believe that the city and Colby have found that new direction together, and we are committed to making it a reality.” Read more
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