WHAT: On April 22 and 23, The Evergreen State College will host education leaders from around the country for the inauguration of the college’s sixth president, George S. Bridges, Ph.D.
After six months of research, including listening to students, faculty, staff, community leaders and the public, Evergreen’s new president will share his observations and ideas for the college’s future. Bridges came to Evergreen last fall after most recently serving 10 years as the president of Whitman College. The 2015-16 academic year marks the first presidential transition for Evergreen since 2000.
WHEN: Four major events make up the complete Inauguration Celebration. They are:
April 22, 1-2:30 p.m. Inauguration Ceremony
April 22, 3-5 p.m. Alumni Showcase Interviews and Discussion
April 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Film Screening of Most Likely To Succeed followed by panel discussion
April 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Service day projects at various sites with three local nonprofits:
- Trail building with Capitol Land Trust
- Garden preparation with Thurston County Food Bank’s School Gardens Program
- Blue heron habitat restoration with Olympia Coalition for Ecosystems Preservation.
WHO: Evergreen President George S. Bridges, Ph.D. with appearances by:
- Dan Evans- Former Washington Governor, former Evergreen President
- Fred Goldberg- Entrepreneur/philanthropist and chair of Evergreen’s Board of Trustees
- Alumni Guests:
o Jamala Henderson- News Anchor, Reporter, 94.9 KUOW
o Jaime Méndez- Anchor and Reporter, Univision Seattle
o Monica Alexander- Captain, Washington State Patrol
o Maia Bellon- Director, Washington State Department of Ecology
o Rep. Denny Heck- Congressman, Washington’s 10th District
o Ted Dintersmith- Executive Producer of Most Likely To Succeed
o Lynda Weinman- Entrepreneur, Teacher, and Co-founder of lynda.com
- Delegates from colleges and universities near and far
WHERE: The Evergreen State College, Costantino Recreation Center (Inauguration Ceremony and Alumni Showcase), Communications Building Recital Hall (film screening). On April 23, Day of Service volunteers will meet in the lobby of the campus Library building prior to traveling to the off-campus work sites.
CONTACTS: Media & Community Relations Manager: Meryl Lipman [email protected]
This event is free and open to the public.
Media are invited to participate; for interviews and photography please schedule in advance. B-roll and photography can be provided after the event upon request.