13th President of Washington & Jefferson College
Chairman Clark, members of the platform party, distinguished guests and delegates, faculty and staff colleagues, students, thank you. I am honored and humbled by the trust you have placed in me. It is a distinct privilege to serve with you at Washington & Jefferson College – a place whose storied past is but the prologue to even brighter and more promising years ahead.
我很感谢，也为我的前任托里·哈林 - 史密斯的领导，两人的前总统的许多贡献布赖恩·米切尔和霍华德·伯内特，今天和我们一起。布赖恩和豪伊，为连续转弯的车轮，你的存在是一个提醒，我们深表感谢所有谁之前我们为超过两个世纪这个地方的管家。
Now I would be remiss if I did not recognize the students participating in today’s program – the talented members of the Wind Ensemble, the W&J Choir, and the Camerata Singers, as well as representatives of the Student Government Association bearing the flags of the 32 states and 32 nations of our currently enrolled students. Will you join me in thanking them?
它是在此日期 - 10月19日 - 乔治华盛顿接受英国查尔斯·康沃利斯投降在约克镇，弗吉尼亚州，切实从而结束美国的革命战争。这一年是1781年，两个月停战的范围内，在宾夕法尼亚州的西部边境3名长老部长合并了它们的日志，机舱学校形成我们今天所庆祝的古老大学。
你可能还记得，这个学院享有与另一创始人，本杰明·富兰克林，谁捐赠的资金，以帮助建立我们的图书馆和寻求协助总统的关系。他也意识到我们的民主制度的脆弱性以及需要受过教育的公民。当被问及什么制宪会议已经完成，他的回答很简短而中肯：“我们已经给了你一个共和国 - 如果你可以把它。”
From that time on, educators have played a vital role in sustaining the American republic. Our college’s commitment to this purpose echoes down the hallways of time. When the Washington and Jefferson colleges merged in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, President Jonathan Edwards declared that W&J’s highest aim was “to secure and to hold forth the true principles of national liberty, stability and progress.” And he cautioned that the college should do so, “Without committing itself to any political party, and swaying and swerving with changing administrations...”
When after the Second World War, students were again filling our classrooms, President Boyd Patterson, reminded the W&J community, “The function of a college such as ours is to educate young [people] to take their rightful and proper places in a free society... We realize the need for a more enlightened citizenry...”
These beliefs remain at the core of our identity and are enshrined in a mission statement proclaiming that Washington & Jefferson College exists “to graduate people of uncommon integrity, competence and maturity who are effective lifelong learners and responsible citizens, and who are prepared to contribute substantially to the world in which they live.”
Let me take a moment here to say that I believe the history, the mission, and, yes, the name of Washington & Jefferson College place us in a unique position to contribute to the national conversation about the state of our democratic republic. In recent months, some college and university campuses have seen tensions flare over questions of free expression, and how to remember our history, and the meaning of our national creed that all people are created equal, that basic human rights are intrinsic and cannot be granted or withdrawn by others.
给n the tenor of our national politics, I believe the time is right for W&J to convene a series of thoughtful discussions on the foundations of American democracy. I am therefore announcing today that the first Washington & Jefferson Symposium on Democracy will be held on February 14 and 15, 2018. We will invite distinguished thinkers to join us in exploring issues from many perspectives. Among these will be keynote speaker Dr. Richard Carwardine, a noted scholar of early American history, biographer of Abraham Lincoln, and immediate past president of Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford.
博士。 carwardine的演讲将提供一个角度对美国建国一代，包括对他们来说，这所学校被命名为男性 - 领导者的人，我们理所当然地荣幸视野，建立了美利坚共和国牺牲。当然，我们也不会接近这次谈话只是历史的问题，因为我们作为公民必须认真对待我们的时间非常现实的挑战。
I am proud that Washington & Jefferson College remains true to the higher purposes of higher education. This may seem to put us at odds with many of today’s public policy-makers and media pundits who speak of college education only as a private good – a means of achieving individual success, often measured solely by future earnings. To be sure, the professional achievements of generations of our graduates attest to the fact that we produce these outcomes exceptionally well. Yet it is equally true that our alumni, past and present, have a long and inspiring record of serving the public good in every walk of life. By cultivating uncommon integrity and responsible citizenship, we are serving society and giving our graduates something infinitely more valuable than a mere ticket to a trade.
We will be guided by this timeless mission as we chart our course in an era when private liberal arts colleges face pressures from stiffening competition, changing demographics, and greater demands to contain costs and demonstrate value. I have no doubt that W&J will successfully meet these challenges, but we must be willing to adapt and innovate in order to stay at the forefront. After all, the same is true for our students whose long-term success will depend their ability to keep learning and adapting as the pace of change accelerates throughout their lifetimes.
The first is that W&J must always be distinguished as a college whose graduates who are known for their personal integrity and social responsibility. In our close-knit learning community, faculty and staff mentors dedicate their lives, inside and outside the classroom, to developing the character, values, knowledge and competencies of our students. This campus, by intention, is a space where young adults come to realize their unique potential by reflecting deeply on life’s big questions, engaging in courageous conversations about difficult issues, and valuing others who are different from themselves. This community is also the doorway to a global society, where students are broadened and challenged while tackling complex problems in real-world contexts, navigating other cultures, and practicing responsible civic engagement.
“As students at W&J we hold each other to a standard to achieve uncommon integrity as individuals and as a community. In order to thrive and excel, we expect that individuals within our community will:
Our freshman class stood in unanimous affirmation of these commitments to uncommon integrity. This, ladies and gentlemen, is leadership. This is what it means to be a Washington & Jefferson President.
A second imperative for our future success will be an uncompromising commitment to excellence in everything we do. This must be our promise to all who count on W&J:
- our alumni whose W&J pedigree is a growing point of pride and professional advantage;
- 我们慷慨的支持者 - 即委托我们与他们的慈善投资的校友，朋友和基金会;
Insisting on the W&J standard of excellence is more important than ever in today’s highly competitive world of higher education.
Third and finally, we must be unwavering in our commitment to a distinctive academic program grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. At some colleges and universities, the liberal arts model has been seen as incompatible with pre-professional education. Some have even argued that a narrower and more careerist curriculum is necessary to ensure employment for graduates. I am happy to say that W&J has always rejected this idea.
Our academic program is led a superb faculty – teachers and scholars – who understand that while a first job is an essential starting point, it is not a sufficient college outcome. Today’s students can expect to change jobs and even careers with unprecedented frequency during their lifetimes. This is why W&J students study in multiple disciplines and contexts, learning how to acquire new knowledge and skills for opportunities that may not even exist today.
我认为博士。乔纳森·莱特曼 - 一些你熟悉他的故事 - 杰弗逊大学的毕业生1846年谁成为一名医生，并首创，而在内战的波托马克军队的医务主任服务外伤战场损伤的新的治疗方法。他的创新沿用至今保存在急诊室和世界各地的战区生活。没有他在那里学会了追求创意的解决复杂问题，而在不确定的时代领先别人呢？他会告诉你，他的教授质疑他研究的广泛课程，包括代数，西塞罗的演说，天文学，拉丁组成，地理，古希腊和罗马古物，化学，生理学，修辞，其他科目中。他的大学经历也开发了他的能力超越了教室，因为他喜欢像文章和他的文学社会公开演讲比赛，以及公测THETA丕联谊会的兄弟的活动。
W&J is well into its third century, yet the fundamental elements of our educational model are even more relevant in a world requiring greater capacities for agile learning, effective communication, collaborative leadership, and analyzing critical issues from the perspectives of diverse disciplines. We are firmly committed to the principle that the best preparation for professional and human flourishing is rooted in the fertile soil of the liberal arts and sciences.
Well, let me conclude these remarks by again saying how honored I am to be a member of the Washington & Jefferson College family. As we journey together toward a future filled with promise, let us remember with gratitude the many generations who preceded us and made this day possible. These lines by the poet Wendell Berry say it well, I think:
We can be proud that Washington & Jefferson College proudly occupies a place like no other on the crowded landscape of American higher education.
“为国家和世界，我们维持这个机构。 。 。我们的历史所证明的精益求精，求精，显赫的光环，这对我们来说是一种激励，因为我们面向未来“。