President Julie Kornfeld, who assumed office on October 1, 2023, will be formally installed as Kenyon’s 20th president on Saturday, April 13, 2024. Global health expert Wafaa El-Sadr will deliver the keynote address. The ceremony will be the heart of a series of events that celebrate the continuity of a community that, for 200 years, has been united in purpose.

The formal installation ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in the Lowry Center, and it will be livestreamed.

Inauguration Website

Inauguration Committee

  • Joe Klesner (chair), professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of American Democracy
  • Christiane Betfarhad ’26, sophomore class president
  • Daisy Desrosiers, David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation Director of The Gund
  • Colleen Garland, vice president for advancement 
  • Annie Gordon, director of alumni engagement
  • Howard Grier, director of campus events
  • Marcell Hackbardt, professor of art
  • Buffy Hallinan ’76, emeritus trustee
  • Kathy Lake, director of board relations and presidential events
  • Travis Landry, William P. Rice professor of Spanish and literature
  • Celestino Limas, vice president for student affairs
  • Janet Marsden, vice president for communications 
  • Bob Milnikel, professor of mathematics and chair of the faculty
  • Susan Morse, chief of staff
  • Justin Newell, associate athletics director 
  • Joey Pepe ’25, junior class president
  • Tom Stamp ’73, retired college historian
  • Maddie Wade, associate professor of physics