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News Release (February 22, 1967)


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News Release (February 22, 1967)
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New College News Release, Advance for Release After 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 22, 1967
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New College of Florida
New College of Florida
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Sarasota, Fla.
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February 22, 1967


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_NEW COLLEGE / NEWS RELEASE NEW COLLEGE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA FURMAN C. ARTHUR -INFORMAHON ADVANCE FOR RELEASE AFTER 10:30 a.m., HEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1967 Sarasota, Fla.--Feb. 22: The following is the text of the charge to the president of New College given at his inauguration today and also the text of his response. The charge l.;ras given by Dallas H. Dort, chairman of the Board of Trustees and the response by Dr. John Elmendorf following his installation as the second president of College this morning. The Charge Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my happy privilege, on behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire college community, to extend our greetings to the representatives of our sister institutions here assembled for this convocation. Our greetings, too, go to the many distinguished guests and friends of the college who have honored us by their attendance on this occasion. All of you together present us with cheering evidence of the interest and support of the community of learning and culture. He know that only with this interest and support on your part can we hope to succeed. The name "New College11 was not chosen lightly. It signifies a sincere conviction on the part of the founders that the ever-increasing complexity and rate of change in the affairs of men demand constant innovation and experimentation and the continuing development of ne\v approaches toHard the search for truth. Let me acquaint you \.;rith a significant passage from a statement of educational policy adopted by the Trustees at the time the college was founded, and reaffirmed by them in Hay of 1965: "New College seeks to provide a liberal education that enable each student to find wholeness--his special interests and abilities--and purpose. It v7ill have respect for the accumulated experience and \..risdoro of mankind ldthout becoming subservient to any narrovr interpretation of this heritage. Hithin the finest tradition of the liberal arts and sciences, it will nonetheless be free to experiment with new forms and criticize the old." -more-


THE CHARGE -Page 2 Mr. President, your responsibility in p,uiding this institution tmvard the achievement of these aims will not be easy. The absence of established tra ditions and the commitment to innovation and flexibility in educational practice will require faculty, students and administrative officers of exceptional ability and vision. All of these persons Hill need minds that are inquisitive, critical, and creative, and, at the same time, they should be motivated to make constructive use of the academic freedom and flexibility available here. Hhile constantly seeking the ne,.,, they need the judgment to recognize and accept all that is good and true in the old. He are conscious that the qualities I have described should characterize all those are involved in the enterprise of education, as teachers or as students. In this and privately supported institution, hoHever, t-lhere we can be relatively free of the inhibitions imposed by tradition and public pressures, we believe there is an unusual opportunity for able teachers and students to contribute to the improvement of the educational process. On your shoulders falls the prime responsibility for seeinr, that all concerned take advantage of this opportunity. The governance of an institution for the liberal education of the young is certainly one of the most demanding and ret Tarding of responsibilities. No position in our society calls for the exercise of a uider variety of talents, or for a greater fund of patience, p,ood humor and faith in the supremacy of the nobler side of human nature. In a netv institution, its unusual requirements for recognition and support, the demands of the office are more than ordinarily imposing. Circumstances have dictated a somewhat longer interval than is customary betHeen your assumption of the Office of President and this ceremony of Inauguration. In that interval, building on the notable contributions of your predecessor, the college under your leadership has made gratifying progress toward its goals. He recognize that the task you have undertaken is greater than any one man can accomplish by himself. Yours is a responsibility that must be shared with the trustees, the faculty and the students. charge to you is that you strive to keep before each of these groups, and all of them together, an awareness of their obligation to contribute their best thought and effort, under your leadership, to the development of NeH Coller,e along the lines envisioned by its founders. Hr. President, on behalf of my fellm-1 Trustees, I noH confer on you the seal of this Colleee as a symbol of your authority over it and of your resoonsibility for guiding its future groHth and progress. -more-


NEH COLLEGE Page 3 .The Response Mr. Dort: I accept the charge you have made to me a clear recognition of the responsibilities it places on me. I vould not do so, '"ere I not keenly aware of the strengths of the Trustees, the faculty, and the students of NeH College. Nor t-1ould I do so, Here I not in full agreement with the academic and intellectual aims of the college. No man assumes such a burden lightly. Felv institutions in the United States present such a challenge at once to prudence and imagination, to stetv ardship, and creativity. I shall dedicate myself to the grmvth of Net-.7 College and to a permanent awareness of the form and content of your charge to me today. Hith the support of a committed Board of Trustees and this community, with the talents of a tvell-qualified faculty, and tl7ith the continued energy and excellence of the student body, the future of New College is assured. I shall do tvhat I can to make it more than that. -30-

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