Oath of Office
(Administered to Dr. Pamela Fox by Claire Lewis Arnold, chair
of the Board of Trustees)
Chair: Dr. Fox, as the president of Mary Baldwin College,
do you pledge to honor its traditions and encourage its creativity?
President: I do. I pledge to further the college's mission
of providing a transforming liberal arts education that prepares
students for a lifetime of learning.
Chair: Are you committed to fostering an empowering, inclusive
President: I am. I pledge to stress the value of individuals
for their contributions to the community as a whole. I will encourage
leadership among students, faculty and staff and promote multicultural
education that draws on the originality and courage of this institution.
Chair: Will you strive to connect the college with the
President: I will. I pledge to seek out partnerships with
other private and public institutions to position Mary Baldwin
as an active participant in the arena of higher education. I
will strengthen students' preparation for global citizenship
through outreach and community service learning.
Chair: Then, by virtue of my authority as chair of the
Board of Trustees on this second day of April 2004 and in the
162nd year of this institution, I formally declare you installed
as the president of Mary Baldwin College with all the rights,
privileges and responsibilities it carries.
President: I accept the charge to become the ninth president
of Mary Baldwin College with pride, excitement and respect. I
will, to the best of my abilities, dedicate myself to the support,
encouragement and maturity of this college so that its community
may be nurtured well in mind, body and character.