President John E. Klein and Build-A-Bear Workshop CEO Maxine Clark with students.

From the President

One of the most important things we do is provide our students with role models.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

At Randolph, our students learn what it means to aspire and achieve. They do not shy away from difficult courses or back away from new experiences because every day they have examples of people—their professors, our staff, our alumnae and alumni, and our special speakers—who have learned that living the life more abundant means working hard, remaining focused, and believing in yourself. College, after all, should be about more than earning a diploma to frame and hang on a wall. It is about finding yourself and gaining the knowledge and skills you need to continue learning and negotiating the challenges of life.

The liberal arts experience is about just that— experience. The College places high value on strong academics, but providing students with knowledge beyond the classroom is just as important to us. Our students can often be found visiting, volunteering, or working for local businesses and non-profit organizations, attending lectures and other events to hear differing viewpoints, conducting hands-on research with their professors, or traveling elsewhere to experience the world. One of the most important things we do is provide our students with role models.

Our alumnae—and now alumni—are the best proof that the education our students receive makes a real difference.

In this issue of Randolph, you will read about Lucy Williams Hooper ’73, who led the College through its transition to coeducation with strength, grace, and compassion. You will meet internationally acclaimed curator Anne Tucker ’67, who has just opened an exhibition on war photography that was eight years in the making. You will also be introduced to my friend, Maxine Clark, the founder and CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop®. I invited Maxine to visit last spring to talk to students about business leadership. She not only shattered the glass ceiling in building a successful corporate career but also defied the odds when she retired from that career to take the risk of creating her own business.

These women, like so many of our alumnae and alumni, provide our students with excellent examples of leaders who have had high aspirations and high achievement.

We are proud to continue the College’s longstanding tradition of offering our students more than a textbook education. Our students learn, as President Roosevelt pointed out, that the best things in life are often the ones that take the most effort.

Vita abundantior.
John E. Klein