Laurie A. Carter becomes president of Lawrence University in Appleton

APPLETON – President Laurie A. Carter was officially welcomed to Lawrence University Friday with a light-filled inauguration ceremony in Memorial Chapel, marking a major moment in the 175-year history of the liberal arts college.

“For the last 175 years, Lawrence University has sat on the banks of the Fox River, calling students to its light — a beacon on the river,” Carter said in a speech that celebrated her journey, honored Lawrence’s storied history and academic prowess, and set the tone for the hard work ahead in building a strong, bright future.

Carter, who began her tenure as Lawrence president in July, took a note of the history being made as she was inaugurated on a weekend that also includes a celebration of the 175th anniversary of Lawrence’s founding. She is the 17th president to hold office since 1847, the first of color.

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