Randolph College proudly announces the inauguration of its 10th president, Bradley W. Bateman. President Bateman comes to Randolph most recently from Denison University in Ohio, where he served as provost and executive vice president. He began his term in office at Randolph on July 1, 2013, and will officially be installed as president on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
President Bateman earned a B.A. in economics from Alma College in Alma, Michigan and received both his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Kentucky. Before beginning his tenure at Denison in 2007, Bateman was associate dean and the Gertrude B. Austin Chair of Economics at Grinnell College where he also served as acting director of both the Center for Prairie Studies and the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights.
A presidential inauguration, a tradition originating in the 17th century, is a significant moment in an institution’s history. At Randolph, the event represents far more than a time to celebrate the official induction of a new leader. The presidential inauguration provides our community with the opportunity to unite in common purpose, to remember and treasure the past, and to envision the possibilities for the future.
As Randolph begins this new chapter, we join together to reaffirm the College’s long-standing commitment to providing a high quality liberal education and the experiences students need to be successful in an ever-changing world. Notable leaders, artists, and scholars will address “Why the Liberal Arts?” during Randolph College’s inauguration weekend. The discussion will culminate with President Bateman’s inaugural address, in which he will offer his vision for Randolph College’s bright future.