Alison Byerly

Portia Simpson Miller

March 24, 2014

Prime Minister of Jamaica to Speak at Lafayette’s 179th Commencement

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The prime minister of Jamaica, The Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, will be the principal speaker at Lafayette’s 179th Commencement Saturday, May 24, and will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree. The first woman to serve as Jamaica’s prime minister, Simpson Miller is in her second term in the position. She first [...]

Remaking College

December 17, 2013

Higher Ed’s Challenges and Opportunities: Leading the Dialogue

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Essays first presented by college presidents and other educational leaders at a groundbreaking conference at Lafayette are featured in a new book, Remaking College: Innovation in the Liberal Arts. Entitled “The Future of the Liberal Arts College in America and Its Leadership Role in Education Around the World,” the April 2012 conference was attended by [...]

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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 [...]

John McCardell Jr., vice-chancellor and president of Sewanee: The University of the South, delivered remarks.

October 7, 2013

Inauguration Remarks of John M. McCardell Jr.

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John M. McCardell Jr., vice-chancellor and president of The University of the South, presented remarks during the Inauguration of Alison Byerly as the 17th president of Lafayette College today. The text of his speech is posted below. See more Inauguration coverage “Lafayette, elle voila!” President Byerly, members of the Board of Trustees, Faculty, Students, Staff, [...]

Edward Ahart ’69, left, chair of the Board of Trustees, and Stephen Pryor ’71, vice chair of the board, congratulate President Alison Byerly.

October 5, 2013

Our New President: Alison Byerly’s Inauguration in Pictures

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Lafayette embarked upon a new era Oct. 4 with the inauguration of Alison Byerly as the College’s 17th president. The Inaugural Convocation on the Quad headlined the historic day. Other events included a panel discussion on “New Models for Higher Education,” a luncheon and dinner, the Inaugural Ball, a student video contest, and a virtual conference [...]

President Alison Byerly mingles during the Inaugural Ball.

October 5, 2013

Inauguration in Review: A Day Alive with Celebration

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By Geoff Gehman ’80 Last month Alison Byerly, Lafayette’s first president with a Twitter account, jokingly tweeted that her Oct. 4 inauguration was shaping up as a “unique event—kind of a cross between a commencement and a wedding.” Well, Friday’s celebration of Byerly’s installation as president turned out to be much, much more. It was [...]

Jeffrey Selingo, editor-at-large for The Chronicle of Higher Education, goes into some of the financial problems higher education is currently facing.

October 5, 2013

The New Normal: Discussing New Models for Higher Education

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The theme of transforming challenge into opportunity carried the day for the roundtable discussion “New Models for Higher Education,” part of the festivities celebrating the inauguration of Alison Byerly as the 17th president of Lafayette College on Friday, Oct. 4. Read more inauguration coverage The changing landscape of higher education is of special interest to [...]

A screenshot of the student video contest winner, “Best School Ever”

October 4, 2013

Student Video: Lafayette is the “Best School Ever”

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President Alison Byerly announced the winner of the “What Makes Lafayette….Lafayette?” student video contest during tonight’s Inauguration and Marquis Founders Dinner. The winning entry, “Best School Ever” by the Music Appreciation Floor, was shown during the dinner. Twenty-two students contributed to the video, including Joe Cericola ’16, videographer; Chris Jones ’13, assistant videographer; Jill Sacchetta ’14, director [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]