A letter from Princeton to Swarthmore

I have to admit, I’m still not quite used to the title “President” in front of Valerie Smith’s name. It’s not for any other reason than the fact that I always knew her as my professor at Princeton University and seeing the


Smith installed as 15th president of college

This past weekend over 1,200 people came to campus to celebrate the inauguration of President Valerie Smith. The celebrations started on Friday, October 2 with the Tree Planting Ceremony and came to a close Saturday, October 3 with the Installation Ceremony. Smith

The sounds of inauguration

Last weekend, the campus celebrated the inauguration of our 15th president, Valerie Smith. This included a certain amount of pomp and ceremony, met with enthusiastic fanfare. Smith was welcomed by a wide variety of musical acts, many of which were comprised of

Sitting down with incoming President Valerie Smith

In the coming weeks, preparations will be made: grass watered, buildings groomed and lines rehearsed all in anticipation of President Valerie Smith’s inauguration on October 3rd, 2015. After a year and a half of presidential flux — the somewhat sudden 2014 departure


Administrative turnover climbs to new heights

The beginning of Valerie Smith’s presidency on July 1st has been the college’s central hiring highlight of 2015. Her arrival, however, is just one piece of the remarkable amount of administrative turnover the college has experienced in the last academic year. Deans,

How Swarthmore’s President Was Chosen

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG. On Saturday,