Mount Holyoke College Office of the President

The turn of the key

 

“It is a real privilege to be serving Mount Holyoke in a new way.”
–Acting President Sonya Stephens

“I like the energy in the house—and there’s so much to look forward to.”
–House Manager Brenda Adams

President’s Pen: Summer 2016

As I step into the position of acting president, I am more reflective than usual about the long history of the College and symbolism of the threshold. In the early days of Mount Holyoke, when one student, arriving at the new seminary, found no steps leading up to the entrance, she walked around to the back of the building, where Mary Lyon greeted her with the words: “Come right up the stairs. You have come to help us.” And there is something still important today about that sense of collective endeavor.

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