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Deborah Freund installed as CGU’s 15th president
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Claremont Graduate University President Deborah Freund embraces her husband Thomas Kniesner after she is officially installed as the 15th president of CGU on
Thursday at Bridges Hall of Music in Claremont. The ceremony to install Ms. Freund included speeches from colleagues and a musical interlude, Theme and Fan-
fare, composed by CGU Professor Peter Boyer specifically for the event. Standing behind them is the coupleʼs son, William Kniesner.
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Pomona-Pitzer defeats Hilary LaConte
University of Redlands in for November
third straight victory. election
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Budget issues force CHS social science teacher Mike Callahan listens to
Board of Education candidate Sam Mowbray speak on
change in leadership at Tuesday during a meeting of the Claremont Faculty As-
sociation at the Hughes Center.
the American Red Cross
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Pomona-Pitzerʼs Traci Lopez, left,
and Rachel Eckerlin celebrate after
Lopez scored the Sagehensʼ sec-
ond goal on Wednesday at Pomona
College. Pomona-Pitzer defeated
University of Redlands 2-0.
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COURIER photos/Steven Felschundneff
Four of The Claremont Colleges presidents, from left, David Oxtoby, Pomona College, Lori Bettison-Varga, Scripps College, Pamela Gan, Claremont McKenna Col-
lege and Maria Klawe, Harvey Mudd College, applaud for a speaker during The Installation of Deborah A. Freund: The 15th President of Claremont Graduate Uni-
versity at Bridges Hall of Music. The fifth undergraduate president Laura Trombley of Pitzer College was a speaker at the event.
BELOW: Dr. Freund, right, waves to a friend as she enters Bridges Hall of Music for the installation ceremony of her presidency at CGU.
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CGU installs its 15th president with stately ceremony
fter 10 months at her post, Clare-
mont Graduate University Presi-
dent Deborah Freund was formally
installed at a ceremony that filled the
Bridges Hall of Music on Thursday morn-
The first female president in CGU history recalled
past accomplishments by the university’s students dur-
ing her 20-minute speech, and discussed how the
school will help address the problems of the 21st cen-
“We are all here to better understand our world and
then to find ways to make our time on earth more alive,
more stimulating and as free from suffering as we can,”
Ms. Freund said. “Let our love of knowledge and our
love of life be our intellectual center of gravity. Then let
us use this commonality as we move forward together
to do good work.”
The installation ceremony included delegates from
more than 40 colleges and universities from throughout
the U.S., including the presidents of the other Clare-
mont Colleges. Claremont Lincoln University Presi-
dent Jerry Campbell, University of La Verne President
Devorah Lieberman and Citrus College President
Geraldine Perri were also in attendance.
Pitzer College President Laura Trombley welcomed
Ms. Freund into the consortium on behalf of the other
6 Claremont College presidents.
“We extend best wishes you during your tenure as COURIER photos/Steven Felschundneff
president,” President Trombley said to Ms. Freund. Claremont Graduate University President Deborah Freund smiles as Chair of the Claremont Graduate Uni-
“We are enhanced by your scholarly and visionary lead- versity Board of Trustees Donald Baker announces her installation on Thursday at Bridges Hall of Music.
ership. I look forward to conversations for many years The university community gathered Thursday for the official installation of Dr. Freund who was named CGU
with my new next door neighbor and we all look for- president last year.
ward to working with you.” culture. Claremont Graduate University, you have the the Steering Committee on CGU Excellence was cre-
Ms. Freund’s former colleagues, current Syracuse right person at the top to lead this institution and I pre- ated. According to Dr. Freund, the process included
University President Nancy Cantor and former Syra- dict great things.” input beyond the committee.
cuse President Kenneth Shaw, both spoke on the im- Thursday’s ceremony also included comments from “Because I believe in inclusive leadership, the central
portance of good leadership in higher education in light several other representatives, a performance by the challenge of the committee was to make certain that the
of the problems affecting the world. Both speakers also Pasadena Symphony featuring “Theme and Fanfare” vision of the future we chose was not mine or our new
endorsed Dr. Freund as being the right fit for CGU’s composed by CGU music professor Peter Boyer, and Provost Jacob Adams’ vision, or any other one person’s
endeavor to help bring positive change to the world. the presentation of the presidential medallion. A presi- vision,” she explained. “But [it needed to be] the voice
“She [Freund] is a passionate leader, friendly, a de- dent’s forum entitled “The Transdisciplinary Impera- and vision of faculty, students, staff and trustees con-
voted wife and mother. While having strong opinions tive” and luncheon were held following the ceremony. verging—our vision. This was your success, not mine.
herself, she is willing to listen to the opinions of others,” Dr. Freund believes collaboration will continue to be And together, we will build on it very quickly.”
Mr. Shaw said. “She will have a lasting impact, not only vital to CGU’s future success. The CGU president re- —Landus Rigsby
on structural changes but also in impacting tomorrow’s called how the school came together in February when
Pitzer College President Laura Trombley, right, and Clare-
mont Mayor Pro Tem Larry Schroeder listen to remarks at
the installation ceremony for Dr. Freund, CGUʼs 15th presi-
dent. Dr. Trombley presented a welcoming address at the
Claremont Mayor Pro Tem Larry Schroeder addresses the crowd on Thursday during The Installation
of Deborah A. Freund: The 15th President of Claremont Graduate University at Bridges Hall of Music.