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Alison Byerly

December 28, 2013

Statement on American Studies Association Boycott

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President Alison Byerly sent the following email today: To the College Community: Over the last ten days a number of college and university presidents have released statements regarding the American Studies Association’s recently announced boycott of Israeli institutions of higher education. Some members of the Lafayette community have asked where we stand on this issue. Our mission statement begins, [...]

Alison Byerly

November 4, 2013

Presidential Task Forces

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President Alison Byerly emailed the following message to the campus community today: Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to report that many colleagues expressed interest in serving on the Presidential Task Forces that will be charged with helping us to move forward on a number of important issues. I am very grateful to all those who [...]

Lafayette College

November 4, 2013

Alison Byerly’s Letter to New York Times on Role of Humanities

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The New York Times published the following letter from President Alison Byerly today: To the Editor: “Interest Fading in Humanities, Colleges Worry” (front page, Oct. 31) repeats clichéd dichotomies, pitting the humanities against STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, and broad liberal arts education against vocational training. In fact, the major value of a [...]

Alison Byerly

September 30, 2013

Inauguration Virtual Conference Continues Dialogue on Future of Higher Education

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When Alison Byerly is inaugurated as the 17th president of Lafayette College Friday, Oct. 4, there will be more on display than the rich history and tradition of academia. Higher education is at a crossroad—rising costs and emerging technologies threaten “business as usual.”  As a nationally-known commentator on the role of technology in higher education, Byerly [...]

Provost Wendy Hill

September 24, 2013

Inauguration Roundtable Will Explore the Future of Higher Education

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In conjunction with the inauguration of Alison Byerly as Lafayette’s 17th president, three leaders in higher education will share ideas during a panel discussion on “New Models for Higher Education” 1:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Williams Center for the Arts. (Follow the panel discussion on Twitter @LafCol #NMHE13.) Moderated by Wendy L. Hill, [...]

Alison Byerly

September 24, 2013

Watch the Inauguration of Alison Byerly Live at 3:45 p.m.

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Lafayette will embark upon a new era Oct. 4 with the inauguration of Alison R. Byerly as the College’s 17th president. Watch the Convocation ceremony live starting at 3:45 p.m. The Inaugural Convocation, at 4 p.m. on the Quad, will headline the historic day. Other events will include the panel discussion “New Models for Higher [...]

New Lafayette College President Alison Byerly and her husband, Stephen Jensen, sit during a rest from their move into the President's House.

July 3, 2013

Alison Byerly Takes the Helm at Lafayette

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“Woke up this morning feeling different,” tweeted @alisonbyerly July 1. “Looked in the mirror and realized I had turned into… a Leopard.” Appointed the College’s 17th president in January, Alison Byerly took office last Monday, after serving in leadership positions at Middlebury College for 13 years, most recently as provost and executive vice president. She’s [...]

Lafayette President Daniel H. Weiss

April 1, 2013

President Daniel H. Weiss Honored by Posse Foundation

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President Daniel H. Weiss will be honored as a Posse Star at the Posse Foundation’s annual Gala Wednesday, May 22, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The gala will be emceed by 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, with a special appearance by actor John Leguizamo. Posse is a national nonprofit that identifies public high [...]

Presidential Ball

February 5, 2013

Photos and Video: Dancing the Night Away at the Presidential Ball

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Hundreds of students, faculty, and staff got down to the music of the Soulsystem Orchestra during the annual Presidential Ball. Held in the Bergethon Room of Marquis Hall, the Lafayette tradition began in 2006. Check out a photo gallery and video of the fun. View and share more images of the ball on Flickr  

Various Lafayette College building scenics

June 14, 2012

Lafayette Presidential Search Committee Members Named

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Edward W. Ahart ’69, chair of Lafayette’s Board of Trustees, announced the membership of a committee formed to conduct a search for the next president of Lafayette. Trustee Alan R. Griffith ’64 will chair the Presidential Search Committee, which is made up of six trustees, all of whom are graduates of the College; three faculty [...]