GAMBIER — Kenyon College’s 19th president Sean Decatur was officially inaugurated on Saturday and welcomed to the Kenyon College family in a celebration filled with pomp and circumstance, tradition and joy.
Barry Schwartz, chair of the Kenyon College Board of Trustees, served as master of ceremonies for the event and said Decatur’s investiture marked the beginning of a new chapter in the life of Ohio’s oldest private liberal arts institution.
Keynote speaker Eugene Tobin of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, talked about the characteristics and benefits of a liberal arts education, among them the development of critical, analytical and communicative skills. He discussed what the Kenyon community expects of Decatur and spoke of the community’s responsibility to Decatur.
Bruce White, CEO of Knox Community Hospital, was one of the individuals formally extending greetings to Decatur. He spoke of Kenyon as a “treasured oasis” of higher education and said the community is pleased to have Decatur become a part of that community.
Alumni representative Larae Schraeder said Decatur could count on the alumni to help build Kenyon into an even greater college. Parent Martha Raddatz said Decatur has already become the Kenyon face on campus, and administration and staff spokeswoman Lynn Manner welcomed Decatur as coach, and said the administration and staff are pledged to work with him as a team.
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