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W I N T E R 2 0 1 7 13 freedom. Traditionally, in the American context, it served this function in two different ways: admitting people who were not previously given the privilege of liberal education, and shaping (and reshaping) the curriculum so that a liberally educated person understood the nature, responsibilities, and terms of their own freedom. Understood in this two-fold way, William Waugh Smith and Bill Quillian shaped the College’s identity by admitting new groups to the status of free people, those worthy of learning the skills of freedom. Louise Jordan Smith, on the other hand, shaped the College’s identity by reshaping the curriculum so that the students of the College could better understand the nature, responsibilities, and terms of their freedom. The fourth founder about whom I want to speak this morning qualifies under both categories of forging the College’s identity, but also reveals a third way that our College found to shape the lives of free people. Preparing for the future Jolley Bruce Christman ’69 will undoubtedly be remembered in the history of Randolph College for being the chair of the Board of Trustees at the moment that we made the decision to become a coeducational institution. When the next definitive history of the College is written, it will tell the story of a changing college and a changing nation. That history will tell the story of how every one of the Southern women’s colleges faced enrollment problems by the beginning of the 21st century; the history will explain how changing gender roles and women’s selfunderstanding had brought us to a world in which only two percent of the girls graduating from high school each year were willing to consider applying to a woman’s college. The history will tell the story of how many of those single sex colleges faced unmanageable financial decline because of their enrollment problems; and the history will tell the “When the next definitive history of the College is written, it will tell the story of a changing college and a changing nation.”


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