INAUGURATION DAY: WELLESLEY’S 14th PRESIDENT
On September 30th, Paula Johnson was inaugurated as Wellesley College’s 14th President, and its first
President of African American descent. It was a gala event, under a tent on Severance Green, attended
by an enthusiastic group of ’56 classmates and hundreds of others. The list of speakers who congratulated
President Johnson included: Senator Elizabeth Warren representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
President Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard University, President Kathleen McCartney, Smith College, and
Vivian Pinn ’62 Senior Scientist Emerita, N.I.H. In addition, representatives of the Wellesley Faculty, Staff,
Union and Students welcomed their new leader.
After receiving the traditional keys to the college and college seal, President Johnson thrilled the audience
with a rousing speech in which she related some history of the college and emphasized the importance of
Liberal Arts education. The audience's reaction made it obvious to all who watched the live streaming
video that her presidency has been very well received at the college and is widely expected to reinforce
Wellesley’s stature in the field of higher education.
When you have time..sit back and enjoy this video of the inauguration and additional photos of the entire weekend.
You will no doubt have a similar reaction!
'56 Classmates on left: Standing:Jane Kentnor Dean, Sally Blumberg Linden, Nora Macfarlane
Nevin, Lia Gelin Poorvu. Seated: Janet Sommers Isenberg,Dianne Isaacs Weil,
Carolyn Montgomery, Maud Hazeltine Chaplin