Inauguration of President Kevin Quigley

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and friends from near and far gathered on September 13, 2015, for the inauguration of Kevin Quigley as Marlboro College’s ninth president. The ceremony capped a weekend of events honoring Kevin’s inauguration, shaped by themes of international and community service. Special guests from around the world and Marlboro College faculty shared experiences and ideas about education, leadership, and change through service. Highlights include:


Day of Connection and Service

In honor of President Kevin’s life-long dedication to service, the college asked members of the community to donate time to serve, wherever we are, on this day or anytime in September. Marlboro students, faculty, staff, and alumni from both the undergraduate and graduate campuses participated in service projects in Brattleboro to kick off the inauguration celebration (see photos below). Let us know what you did (or pledge to do) and what it meant to you, send photos or video of your community service, and share your volunteer experience on social media (#marlborocollegeserves).


Marlboro in the World: Teach-in on International Service

In celebration of Kevin Quigley’s life of service, guests heard from community and public service leaders from all levels and sectors—local, regional, and international—in two panel discussions. One titled “Reflections on the history and theory of International Service,” was moderated by Seth Harter, professor of Asian studies and history, and included the following: John Lucas, executive vice president and provost, School for International Training, Brattleboro; Kavita Pulapilly, expert advisor, Peace Corps in Nepal and Ukraine; Helen Claire Sievers, executive director, WorldTeach; Joby Taylor, director, Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program at University of Maryland Baltimore County; and Robert C. Terry, journalist, consultant, and author of History of Service. The second panel, titled “Perspectives on service work and its impact,” was moderated by Kate Jellema, director of the Center for New Leadership, and included Carmen Derby, executive director, United Way, Brattleboro; Travis Hellstrom, CEO and founder, Advance Humanity, and Peace Corps fellow, Mongolia; Laura and Zack Jones, Peace Corps alumni, Thailand; David Magnani, long-term Massachusetts state legislator and Peace Corps alumnus, Sierra Leone and Kenya; and Meg Mott, Marlboro College professor of politics and former court advocate.

Performance: Senegalese Dancing and Drumming

Senagalese artist Elhadji Mamadou “Pape” Ba and colleagues presented an electrifying performance for guests, highlighting the international engagement of Marlboro community members and stimulating interest in a planned class trip to Senegal next spring, sponsored by faculty members Kristin Horrigan (dance) and Jean O’Hara (theater).


Inauguration Ceremony


  • Logan Davis ’17, head selectperson, on behalf of students
  • Julie Richardson, assistant dean of academic records and institutional research, on behalf of staff
  • Kate Ratcliff, professor of American studies and gender studies, on behalf of faculty
  • Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina ’72, Marlboro trustee and dean of the Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts Amherst, on behalf of alumni

Keynote Remarks:

  • Ginny Kirkwood, owner and director, The Shawnee Group
  • Alexander Shakow, international advisor and consultant
  • Philip Weinstein, Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor Emeritus of English, Swarthmore College
  • Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, president of Marlboro College 2004-2015

Inaugural Address

  • Kevin F. F. Quigley, president of Marlboro College


  • James Levinson, former spiritual leader at Brattleboro Area Jewish Community