President Chopp Archive

  • Dear Members of the Swarthmore Community, Read Strategic Directions In the course of its nearly 150 years of service, Swarthmore has periodically examined its mission, programs, sense of community, and...

    Letter from the President

    Dear Members of the Swarthmore Community, Read Strategic Directions In the course of its nearly 150 years of service, Swarthmore has periodically examined its mission, programs, sense of community, and...

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  • Strategic Directions for Swarthmore College Reflects the Collective Wisdom from our Yearlong Conversations and Presents Some Preliminary Ideas Meant for Deeper and Wider Consultation Among All Community Members. SWARTHMORE COLLEGE—as...

    Stewarding Swarthmore

    Strategic Directions for Swarthmore College Reflects the Collective Wisdom from our Yearlong Conversations and Presents Some Preliminary Ideas Meant for Deeper and Wider Consultation Among All Community Members. SWARTHMORE COLLEGE—as...

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  • Dear Members of the Swarthmore Community, Since its founding nearly 150 years ago, Swarthmore has periodically examined its mission, programs, sense of community, and engagement in the world. Most recently,...

    Strategic Directions for Swarthmore College, a Planning Update

    Dear Members of the Swarthmore Community, Since its founding nearly 150 years ago, Swarthmore has periodically examined its mission, programs, sense of community, and engagement in the world. Most recently,...

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  • Menander, the Greek dramatist, once said, “The character of a man is known from his conversations.” It is also the case, I think, that the character of a college is...

    The Character of Our Conversations

    Menander, the Greek dramatist, once said, “The character of a man is known from his conversations.” It is also the case, I think, that the character of a college is...

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  • Last week I traveled to Washington D.C. and met with alumni and parents in groups both large and small. Similar to what has been happening in numerous settings on campus...

    Our Place in the World

    Last week I traveled to Washington D.C. and met with alumni and parents in groups both large and small. Similar to what has been happening in numerous settings on campus...

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  • Last week I had another terrific visit with alumni, parents, and friends of the College in the San Francisco area. We hosted our most recent Dialogue Tour event at the...

    Innovation and the Entrepreneurial Spirit

    Last week I had another terrific visit with alumni, parents, and friends of the College in the San Francisco area. We hosted our most recent Dialogue Tour event at the...

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  • Against a backdrop of gorgeous stained-glass windows and ornate chandeliers, over 135 alumni, parents, and friends of the College came out to converse with one another on Tuesday night at...

    Networking in New York

    Against a backdrop of gorgeous stained-glass windows and ornate chandeliers, over 135 alumni, parents, and friends of the College came out to converse with one another on Tuesday night at...

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  • My husband, Fred, Stephen Bayer, the Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations, and I recently returned from Asia where we had the privilege to visit with students, alumni, and...

    Advice from Asia

    My husband, Fred, Stephen Bayer, the Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations, and I recently returned from Asia where we had the privilege to visit with students, alumni, and...

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  • Last week, I had another great conversation — this time in Princeton — where 70 alumni, parents, and friends joined me for a discussion about the future of the College....

    Planning in Princeton

    Last week, I had another great conversation — this time in Princeton — where 70 alumni, parents, and friends joined me for a discussion about the future of the College....

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  • Dear Friends, As we near the end of the fall semester, I’d like to update you on the progress we’ve made in the strategic planning process and preview some of...

    Update on Strategic Planning Process

    Dear Friends, As we near the end of the fall semester, I’d like to update you on the progress we’ve made in the strategic planning process and preview some of...

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  • Just back from a terrific trip to Greenwich, Connecticut where we continued this year’s “Dialogue Tour,” focusing on our strategic planning process and engaging alumni, parents and friends in the...

    Getting down to Business in Greenwich

    Just back from a terrific trip to Greenwich, Connecticut where we continued this year’s “Dialogue Tour,” focusing on our strategic planning process and engaging alumni, parents and friends in the...

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  • Last week, we launched the first of our “Dialogue Tour” sessions in Seattle where nearly 100 alumni, parents, and friends of the College joined us for an engaging evening of...

    Discussion about Technology in Seattle

    Last week, we launched the first of our “Dialogue Tour” sessions in Seattle where nearly 100 alumni, parents, and friends of the College joined us for an engaging evening of...

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  • Imagine fully embracing the idea that we are the first generation capable of determining the habitability of the planet for humans and other species. How might this influence the choices...

    Reflections on Sustainability

    Imagine fully embracing the idea that we are the first generation capable of determining the habitability of the planet for humans and other species. How might this influence the choices...

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  • Dear Friends, This weekend, the Board of Managers affirmed the launch of a strategic planning process for the College. This endeavor will bring our community together to discuss Swarthmore’s future...

    An Invitation to Participate in the Strategic Planning Process

    Dear Friends, This weekend, the Board of Managers affirmed the launch of a strategic planning process for the College. This endeavor will bring our community together to discuss Swarthmore’s future...

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