The Inauguration of Sarah C. Mangelsdorf: Ceremony Highlights

The Inauguration of Sarah C. Mangelsdorf: Ceremony Highlights


[brass ensemble playing] [Sarah Mangelsdorf] I stand before you as a university
president, but I’m also a professor, and the daughter, and granddaughter, as well
as the spouse of professors. To me there are few more important and enduring
societal institutions than the university, especially those like the
University of Rochester where research, teaching, engagement with this city, this
region, the nation, and the world are of primary importance. And there’s no
greater privilege or responsibility than to lead such an essential institution. [saxophone and piano except from “Vocalise”] [Cathy Minehan] This is a great day for the University. We welcome Sarah as our new president. We also welcome her as our first woman
president. [applause] As everybody has mentioned more than once,
this is all about Meliora, but I have to say it doesn’t get much better than this.
[Richard Handler] I am honored to officially declare that you are president of the University of
Rochester. [applause] [Sarah Mangelsdorf] What we teach and what our students learn may not always result in a product, or a prize, or some tangible result. The
payoff is in the cultivation of a well-informed critical thinker and
citizen of the world. Rochester’s focus on research places us
among the country’s elite institutions of higher learning. As president I will
focus on supporting and sustaining research at every level because it is
through the knowledge derived from research that we fulfill our mission to
make the world ever better. [Jamal Holtz] I have to say, I have been so impressed with the way
that our president has engaged with students in her first three months. Her
leadership has already inspired trust and confidence in the idea that our
University should be a place where all students are welcome. Her leadership makes us optimistic and even better it makes us hopeful. [String quartet music] [Sarah Mangelsdorf] I believe the University of Rochester is truly blessed with a vast diversity of ideas, backgrounds, and beliefs.
I believe those diversities enhance our life experience, sharpen our thinking, and
make us better and more empathetic citizens of the world. As president, I
will be particularly attentive to issues of equity and inclusion, and I will do
everything I can to make sure that every student, faculty, and staff member at the
University of Rochester feels welcomed and included. [Wade Norwood] I have been blessed to come
to love the University and to be loved by this family of scholars. And so I
welcome you, President Mangelsdorf. I welcome you in that spirit of love, with
a genuine desire to see how you will make your mark on the story of my family,
and to affirm that this institution remains a 21st century Underground
Railroad community, committed to the idea that everyone must have a fair chance to
succeed and to go as high and as far as their talent, their willingness to
work, and their struggle can carry them. [applause] [brass ensemble playing] [Sarah Mangelsdorf] Gone are the days of the ivory tower. Today’s university is and must be engaged with its community. Without a
vibrant Rochester, the University cannot thrive. As president, I will continue in the
footsteps of my predecessors and make community engagement a priority. Thank
you for the opportunity to lead this great institution into the future.

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