Bradley W. Bateman, President of Randolph College
The past few months have seemed to pass in a blur as I have balanced my time between acclimating myself to campus and traveling the country meeting our wonderfully interesting alumnae and alumni. With each new experience, I realize just how fortunate I am to be a part of this College at this exciting time in its history.
In August, we welcomed the largest first-year class in 25 years. These young women and men are intelligent, filled with energy, and have already contributed much to our community. As I joined our staff members in the pouring rain to help these new students move their belongings into the residence halls, I felt a strong kinship to the Class of 2017. After all, we were embarking on this new journey together.
The fall semester got off to a great start! As you will see from the stories and photos in this edition of Randolph, our students, faculty, and staff are thriving—both in and out of the classroom. I am proud to say I survived my first performance at Pumpkin Parade and have also enjoyed hosting staff and faculty at the President’s House. We have had several events with local business and community leaders, and I have met with numerous alumnae and alumni chapters locally and across the nation. One of my favorite things has become hearing stories from our alumnae and alumni about their time at the College, especially when these memories mirror the conversations I have with our current students. It reinforces my belief in our future.
Randolph is fortunate to have extremely talented faculty and one of the best advising programs in the nation. Over the next few years, we will build upon on our strengths to improve the ways we connect the academic curriculum with our co-curricular programs, such as internships, externships, volunteer work in the community, study abroad, and student research. We will work to engage our students more fully in our co-curricular programs and then use the knowledge they gain there to better advise them on which courses they should take in the academic curriculum. This, in turn, will allow us to utilize this system to help our students even better prepare for the things they want to do in the world.
Many in American society today are frightened by the uncertain economic outlook and so wonder if liberal education is a good preparation for a lifetime of work. We have the opportunity to demonstrate that it is a good preparation for both a career and a life well lived.
Randolph College is an incredible place. I invite you to visit us on campus and experience Randolph for yourself.
Bradley W. Bateman