The Inauguration of Bradley W. Bateman

Excerpts from Bradley W. Bateman’s Inauguration Address

“Through its long evolution to this moment in which I stand in front of you, the American liberal arts college has been shaped as an institution that not only offers the skills of freedom for those who already enjoy freedom, but also teaches that every person deserves freedom, and that that freedom is worth standing up for against the forces that seek to keep people subjugated.”

“…the work that we do is much more than simply preparing people for work. We prepare them for citizenship and we prepare them to help others.”

“I commit myself, through good times and rough times, to maintain the traditions of great teaching, great learning, and the pursuit of honor. In pursuing that commitment, I look forward to the pursuit of a life worth living, an abundant life in every way.”