I suppose that deep knowledge of immunology might be apt preparation for a college presidency, but let’s not go there. Let’s focus instead on your increasingly deft experience as a teacher, scholar, and administrator. You have introduced countless Williams students to the marvels of biology and have published extensively your own scientific work, much of it supported by outside funders, including the National Science Foundation. As its director, you made the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford more open to science majors. As assistant to the president for special projects, you led the group that devised the ingenious system that fully and more fairly provides course books to all of our financial aid students. Your years as dean of the college brought improvements to almost every aspect of students’ lives, including creation of the Academic Resource Center to provide expanded and more coordinated academic support. Most notably, you led the enormously complex process that imagined, designed, and delivered the first true student center in the college’s history. Paresky will serve wonderfully as the college’s living room for generations to come. For these reasons and more you head now to the presidency of Dickinson College with not only our best wishes but our admiration and deep thanks.
I hereby declare you recipient of the honorary degree Doctor of Laws, entitled to all the rights, honors, and privileges appertaining thereto.
June 2, 2013