Presidential Inauguration

For only the second time in its history, New College of Florida will hold an inauguration for its new president. The College will host several events on its campus to celebrate Dr. Donal O’Shea’s appointment as New College’s fifth president.

The inauguration ceremony on Friday, February 15, is expected to draw VIPs from across the state and around the country. Activities on Saturday, February 16, will feature an academic showcase and panel discussion on the international impact of the liberal arts with college presidents and New College alumni from around the globe, including New College alumnus and NY Fed President William Dudley. An elegant, black-tie Inaugural Ball on the New College bayfront will close out the festivities on Saturday evening. All events, with the exception of the Inaugural Ball, are free and open to the public.

Before coming to New College, Dr. Donal O’Shea was the dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, a top 25 rated national liberal arts college. Recognized globally for his work in mathematics, O’Shea also served as the Elizabeth T. Kennan Professor of Mathematics and chair of the mathematics department during his 30-year tenure at Mount Holyoke. He earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Harvard University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Queens College in Ontario, Canada.


FEBRUARY 15, 2013

10–10:45 a.m.

"Listen to the Mockingbird"
Presentation by: Maribeth Clark, Associate Professor of Music (Academic Center, Room 218)

"To Fold or Not to Fold: When Proteins Wreak Havoc"
Presentation by: Katherine Walstrom, Associate Professor of Biochemistry (Academic Center, Room 327)

11–11:45 a.m.

"Sensitive Manatees and Thoughtful Dolphins"
Presentation by: Heidi Harley & Gordon Bauer, Professors of Psychology (Academic Center, Room 218)

"Who Can and Cannot Marry? What Ancient Inscriptions Add to Our Understanding of This Always Current Question"
Presentation by: Susan Marks, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies Klingenstein Chair (Academic Center, Room 327)

12:30–1:30 p.m.
Dedication of the Robert and Beverly Koski Bell Tower and Plaza

Koski Plaza (outside the Jane Bancroft Cook Library), 5800 Bay Shore Road
Free and open to the public
Call 941-487-4888 for more information

1:30–2:15 p.m.
Plaza & Bell Tower Dedication Reception

Jane Bancroft Cook Library, 5800 Bay Shore Road
Free and open to the public
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3–4:30 p.m.
Inauguration Ceremony

New College Bayfront, 351 College Drive
Free and open to the public
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5–7 p.m.
Inauguration Reception

Cook Hall and College Hall, 351 College Drive
Free and open to the public
Featuring the Riverview High School Kiltie band and New Cats jazz band. Light bites will be served.

FEBRUARY 16, 2013

9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Pritzker Marine Biology Lab Open House
Pritzker Marine Biology Lab, 381 College Drive
Free and open to the public

10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Academic Showcase and Alumnae/i Panel Discussions

Sudakoff Conference Center, 5845 General Dougher Place
Free and open to the public
Call 941-487-4888 for more information

10–11:30 a.m.
“Liberal Arts in the World”

Moderator: Dr. Donal O'Shea, president, New College of Florida
Panelists: Dr. Esther Barazzone (’64), president, Chatham University; Dr. Marcia Grant, provost, Ashesi University (Ghana); Dr. Susie Bourque, Esther Booth Wiley Professor of Government and former provost, Smith College

12:30–1:15 p.m.
“From New College to the Fed:
 How New College Shapes Career Paths”
Presenter: William Dudley ’71, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

1:30–2:15 p.m.
"The Unified Experience of Teaching, Scholarship and Service at New College"
Erin Dean, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at New College of Florida

6–11 p.m.
Inaugural Ball

New College Bayfront, 351 College Drive
Tickets $350; purchase online at or call 941-487-4800

The Ball is a Black Tie affair featuring the Abe Guard Orchestra. We invite you to take part in this very important fundraiser for New College of Florida. Inaugural Ball Co-Chairs: Kathy Coffey, BJ Creighton, Renee Hamad and Pat Johnson.


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