Wednesday, March 13, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Join us for a thought-provoking Founders Porch event hosted by President Wendy Raymond, where we delve into the dynamic world of higher education leadership. In this engaging session, two alumni, Garry W. Jenkins '92, President of Bates College, and Sarah Willie-LeBreton '86, President of Smith College, will come together for an informal panel discussion. Hear about the nuances of the contemporary higher education landscape as they share insights into the challenges and triumphs of their roles. From navigating the complexities of academia to fostering a vibrant campus community, our esteemed panelists will provide a firsthand account of their experiences as liberal arts college presidents and the role their Haverford College education played in their journey. Don't miss this enlightening conversation that promises to inspire, inform, and celebrate the power of liberal arts education.
Garry W. Jenkins ’92 became the ninth president of Bates College in July 2023. He received his bachelor’s degree from Haverford College, then earned an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and a JD from Harvard Law School. Before Bates, Jenkins served as dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. Jenkins previously served as the associate dean for academic affairs and John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and as the chief operating officer and general counsel of the Goldman Sachs Foundation. In addition, he was an attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he counseled public charities and private foundations, formed private investment funds, and negotiated mergers and acquisitions. A nationally respected authority on nonprofit organizations, corporate governance, lawyers and leadership development, and higher education, Jenkins has published articles, essays, chapters, and op-eds in a variety of venues.
Sarah Willie-LeBreton '86 is the 12th president of Smith College. An accomplished administrator, scholar, and sociologist who studies social inequality and race and ethnicity, Willie-LeBreton is known for her commitment to the liberal arts, strengthening community, and energizing the work of equity and inclusion. She considers herself an applied sociologist, and has worked with a broad range of organizations to understand social dynamics and develop strategies to move toward organizational self-awareness, transformation, compassion, and inclusivity.