Oct. 24-25 ceremonies to feature academic showcase, Greek play, and campus tours
10/17/2008 9:39:29 AM
Susan and John Klein
LYNCHBURG ó Randolph College will celebrate the inauguration of President John E. Klein on Oct. 24-25 with an emphasis on the institutionís long tradition of a rich academic experience. Scheduled events include an academic showcase and performance of the Greek play, Elektra.
"This is the perfect time not only to celebrate our new leadership, but to focus on the forward momentum of Randolph College," said Lucy Hooper, president of the Board of Trustees. "With our rich past, the solid leadership of John Klein, and our talented community, our college is embracing a successful new future. This celebration is a chance to recognize all that we are and all that we will become."
Klein, who took office last year, is the ninth president of a college whose history includes more than 115 years as Randolph-Macon Womanís College.
Klein, a 1967 graduate of Princeton University, began his career as a teaching fellow at the International College in Beirut, Lebanon. He then earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and practiced law with the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City before beginning what would become a highly successful 28-year international business career with Bunge North America, Inc., a global agribusiness company. Upon his retirement from Bunge, Klein served three years as Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer of Washington University in St. Louis before accepting the presidency of Randolph College.
Klein and his wife Susan will kick off the festivities with students on Oct. 21 with a símores party. The official weekend will begin Friday, Oct. 24 and will include tours of various campus facilities and programs including the Maier Museum of Art and the Riding Center. A special performance of the Greek play will be held at 1 p.m. and the afternoon will feature student and faculty academic presentations. The evening will conclude with an inaugural dance for the campus community and guests.
Saturdayís festivities begin with a chapel service at 9 a.m. The Conway Bell will ring nine times (honoring each president of the college) at 10:45 a.m. signaling the presidential precession to begin its march from the library to Smith Hall Theatre. The installation ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in Smith Hall Theatre and will feature various speakers and the official installation of the president. During the ceremony, the president will be presented with the Presidentís Medallion, which was designed and handcrafted by Bowenís Jewelers in Lynchburg and features the College seal and honors past presidents.
Delegates from many other educational institutions, city leaders, alumnae, friends of the college, staff, faculty, and students will be on hand to show their support of the college and of its new president.
All inaugural events were funded privately through contributions from college supporters. In addition, careful efforts were made to maintain a "green" element to the inauguration and limit the collegeís impact on the environment.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, please see: http://www.randolphcollege.edu/x15369.xml.
CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of Communications