The Office of President David Oxtoby
President Oxtoby's Blog
- Dropping In on the Pomona College Academy for Youth Success
July 11, 2014
Dropping by Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) classrooms yesterday reminds me why the future is both hopeful and challenging. Bright students, too often from under-resourced high schools, may not see a path to college or fully understand the opportunities a college education presents over the course of their lives. Seeing the PAYS four-week summer academy, part of a year-round college preparatory program, in action affirms the role that colleges like Pomona can play in changing that narrative.
- Visiting Northern Ireland, President Oxtoby Sees Colleges and Communities Working Together to Build Democracy
June 26, 2014
I am writing this from Belfast, Northern Ireland, where I am attending a conference at Queen's University on Higher Education for Democratic Innovation. Leaders from Europe and the United States are discussing how real-world connections between colleges and their communities can create new democratic institutions and prepare students for citizenship.
- Checking In From Aspen Symposium on the Future of Higher Education
June 20, 2014
Each June, I try to find time to take part in the Aspen Symposium on the Future of Higher Education because the participants and the range of topics covered go well beyond those typical of higher education meetings. This year was no exception.
The Gates of Pomona College were built in 1914. Since that time, the College has grown, so that today they stand not at the edge of the campus, but near its center. The same could be said for the two inscriptions upon those ceremonial gates. The words of Pomona's fourth president, James A. Blaisdell, seem to have been engraved not merely into stone, but into the very heart of the College.
The inscription on the north side of the gates -- Let only the eager, thoughtful, and reverent enter here -- speaks eloquently to newcomers about the special qualities expected of them as they join this community of scholars. The faculty and students who make up this diverse community share an eagerness to learn, a thoughtfulness about what they learn and a deep reverence for the truth. The inscription on the south side of the gates -- They only are loyal to this college who, departing, bear their added riches in trust for mankind -- speaks with equal clarity to departing graduates about the meaning of a Pomona education. The College exists, the gates remind us, not only to enrich the lives of its students, but also to empower them to make a difference.
Both inscriptions are still as relevant today as they were the day they were carved. They speak to all of us here -- newcomers and old hands alike -- reminding us that we are all part of a timeless enterprise, one that is passed down from generation to generation, changing to meet new times while remaining ever true to its origins.
Here at the Pomona College Website, you will find much more detailed information about the people, programs and events that make up the fabric of this place. If you are new here, I offer you a warm welcome; we hope you will take time to learn more about what makes Pomona special. If you are already a member of the Pomona College family, I will say, simply: Welcome home.
--David W. Oxtoby
President of Pomona College
|David Oxtoby||President||(909) 621-8131||(909) 621-8499|
|Teresa Shaw||Special Assistant to the President||(909) 621-8131||(909) 621-8499|
|Stephanie Navarro||Executive Assistant to the President||(909) 621-8131||(909) 621-8499|
Mailing AddressPomona College, The Office of President David Oxtoby, 550 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
Campus LocationAlexander Hall