Bold moments are moments that define our lives. For Katherine Rowe, one such moment was her inauguration as William & Mary’s 28th president.
Standing before thousands of people gathered in Kaplan Arena in early February for the historic occasion, Rowe confidently said, “Now is the moment to reflect on the change that will make us more ourselves and make the Alma Mater of the Nation more the global leader we aspire to be.”
More than 140 delegates represented academic institutions and learned societies across the country and globe. Three former William & Mary presidents were also in attendance: Taylor Reveley LL.D. ’18, HON ’18, Timothy Sullivan ’66 and Paul Verkuil ’61, D.P.S. ’17.
During the ceremony, Arizona State University Professor Ayanna Thompson, president of the Shakespeare Association of America and a close friend and colleague of the president described Rowe’s leadership style.
She said Rowe taught her how to be “a scholar who lifts as she climbs.”
“Life, love and work are never seen as zero- sum games for President Katherine Rowe; rather, she operates as if the universe is expansive, and in which everyone can win, advance and thrive. She is the perfect person to lead William & Mary in the 21st century.”