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President Jonathan Lash


'THIS IS HAMPSHIRE'S TIME': The long-anticipated inauguration of President Jonathan Lash delivered stirring speeches, a showcase of creative Hampshire talent including professors' original poetry and music, and a generous infusion of pride throughout the College community.

Describing himself as a "card-carrying greenie," President Lash wore regalia made of a fabric that is 50 percent bamboo and 50 percent pellets from plastic water bottles. He was presented with a presidential mace crafted by Lemelson Center students and staff, and made of wood from campus apple trees felled during last October's blizzard.

Although President Lash has many accomplishments, keynote speaker Al Gore predicted "his greatest life's work lies ahead of him, here on this campus." Gore urged students to "occupy democracy" and respond to global warming.

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Video of President Lash's speech >>

Video of Al Gore's speech >>

Inauguration photos >>

Time-lapse video of tent installation >>

Speeches, photographs, and media coverage will continue to be posted online for several days.

A GENEROUS GIFT: In remarks introducing Mr. Gore, Stonyfield Farm chairman and cofounder Gary Hirshberg 72F expressed strong support for President Lash’s “classic Hampshire vision for a bold, unprecedented, multi-disciplinary leap into the 21st century that will make Hampshire a leader in innovation in food, health, and sustainability.” Then he announced that he and wife Meg are making a $1 million lead gift to support that vision and Hampshire.

“What goes around, comes around,” Hirshberg said. “My education here put me on a path that has been profitable for many, including me. And now I am proud to plow back some nutrients and fertility into Hampshire’s 21st Century Soils.”

'10 GREEN THINGS': The latest video from Kevin Cline 97F captures Hampshire’s commitment to sustainability—and future generations. Animation is by Chris Bishop 00F. Video >>

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