The festive celebration on the campus lawn included tributes and a formal swearing in as Sheila C. Bair was officially installed as the 28th president of Washington College.
Washington College President Sheila C. Bair used the occasion of her official installation to establish college affordability and access as the first major themes of her tenure. Speaking Saturday morning to a tent full of well-wishers that included U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, State Senate President Mike Miller and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph Ellis, the former chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation talked about her reasons for accepting the presidency and the mark she intends to make. “I hope my legacy will be one of dramatically increased scholarship funding, dramatically decreased student debt, and the cultivation of new generations of alumni, invigorated and committed to their school, and eager to give back to an institution that was single-mindedly devoted to their education.”