Hochstettler Inaugurated as Lewis & Clark’s 23rd President
June 13, 2005
The traditional Zulu song “Siyahamba” and the “Alleluia” from Johann Sebastian Bach’s motet Lobet den Herrn marked Thomas J. Hochstettler’s inauguration as the College’s 23rd president on March 6, 2005. The ceremony capped a jam-packed weekend of events that included Family Weekend and the 40th annual International Fair.
Hochstettler’s address, titled “The Imperative to Explore,” examined the challenges and opportunities that face higher education including the technology revolution, traditional learning models, global competition, and the cost of higher education. His remarks focused on an academic community’s responsibility to help students navigate the changing world through learning, scholarship, and preparation for world citizenship. Colleges and universities have a set of common values, Hochstettler said, which includes a responsibility to educate the whole student and foster in each student the imperative to explore.
Those who attended the inauguration will no doubt remember the remarkable weather: sunny skies with temperatures in the upper 60s. “Let us say that we are basking in ‘Hochstettler weather,’” quipped keynote speaker Paul Bragdon, Reed College president emeritus and former interim president at Lewis & Clark. “And may it be an omen of seizing the opportunities presented and meeting all challenges—as has been the [College’s] case in the past.”