Alison Byerly

Alison Byerly

June 11, 2014

Reunion 2014: President Alison Byerly Gives First State of the College Address

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In her first State of the College address, on opening night of Reunion Weekend, President Alison Byerly touched on her first impressions of Lafayette, notable accomplishments at the College during the past year, and new initiatives under way and under discussion. Check back later for full Reunion coverage, including photo galleries. Noting that this occasion was the [...]

The Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, prime minister of Jamaica, presents the Commencement address.

May 24, 2014

Jamaican Prime Minister Speaks at 179th Commencement

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Lafayette granted 614 degrees to 590 graduating seniors and honorary doctorates to four distinguished leaders, including the Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, prime minister of Jamaica, today at the College’s 179th Commencement. Watch a video of the ceremony Watch a video montage of Commencement View Commencement photos Read about Baccalaureate Receiving honorary degrees were Harry L. Ettlinger, [...]

Faculty, staff, and alumni enjoy dinner prior to the awards ceremony.

May 23, 2014

Faculty and Staff Saluted for Distinguished Teaching, Scholarship, and Service at Annual Awards Banquet

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Outstanding professors and other members of the Lafayette community were honored tonight for distinguished teaching, scholarly research, and service to the College at the annual pre-Commencement awards dinner. Read more Commencement coverage President Allison Byerly, Wendy Hill, provost and dean of the faculty, and Edward Ahart ’69, chair of the Board of Trustees, presented awards [...]

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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 [...]