Alison Byerly Speeches

President Alison Byerly presents her inaugural address.

October 4, 2013

A Future Filled with Promise: Alison Byerly Inaugurated as 17th President

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In her inaugural address today, the centerpiece of a historic and memorable Inaugural Convocation, President Alison Byerly envisioned Lafayette as a “dynamic network in which the student experience is energized by ongoing interchange between the educational environment and the world beyond.” Byerly delivered the address following her formal installation as Lafayette’s 17th president. “I am [...]

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August 27, 2013

President Alison Byerly Welcomes the Class of 2017

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President Alison Byerly officially introduced this year’s incoming class to the Lafayette community during the 182nd Convocation ceremony Sunday. Her address, “Choosing Lafayette,” is below. View more Convocation coverage On behalf of the trustees and faculty, I declare that the Class of 2017 is now matriculated. We welcome you into Lafayette College. It is a [...]


January 17, 2013

First Address to the Lafayette Community by Alison Byerly

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Below is the transcript of Alison Byerly‘s first address to the Lafayette community upon her appointment as president yesterday. Thank you very much for that extremely warm and personal introduction. I’d like to thank not only Alan (Griffith, chair of search committee) and Ed (Ahart, chair of the Board of Trustees) and the entire search [...]

Alison Byerly and Edward Ahart

January 16, 2013

Video: Lafayette Welcomes President-Elect Alison Byerly

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Today, Lafayette hosted the first of several events introducing Alison Byerly to the campus community as the 17th president of the College. After brief comments by President Daniel H. Weiss; Edward W. Ahart ’69, chair of the Board of Trustees; and Trustee Alan Griffith ’64, chair of the Presidential Search Committee, Byerly made her first [...]