Office of the President

Presidential Inauguration

Our community celebrated a new chapter in its history during the inauguration of Dr. Ajay Nair, as the 22nd President of Arcadia University. A week of Inauguration events highlighted the importance of inclusion and social justice, marking the theme "Reimagining Our Higher Education Community: From Inclusion to Justice."

Inauguration Installation
Inauguration Address

Inauguration Week Events

Monday, October 8

LGBTQ+ Awareness and Ally Workshop

Tuesday, October 9

Cuentos, a documentary about the oldest Puerto Rican neighborhood in Pennsylvania, is presented in the traditional form of Boricua storytelling. 

Wednesday, October 10

Common Read Author Lecture Series
Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean

Friday, October 12

Presidential Panel
Arcadia University President Ajay Nair, along with California State University, Dominquez Hills President Thomas Parham and Dr. Karen Stout, president of nonprofit Achieving the Dream and former president of Montgomery County Community College, discussed social justice from a presidential perspective.

Saturday, October 13

Family Weekend Carnival and Picnic Lunch

Installation Procession 
Installation Ceremony

(View Program)

Inauguration Celebration

Thursday, October 18

Rock the Knight with President Nair and JtheMC
Glenside Knight: Food Truck Festival
Mural Lighting Ceremony Bits and Pieces Too!

President Nair led students down Easton Rd to over 30 food trucks, restaurants, and shops open to welcome thousands of community members. Arcadia students lit up the night with their mural Bits and Pieces Too!

Dr. Ajay Nair Inaugurated as Arcadia’s 22nd President

“The truth shall set us free,” was the message from Dr. Ajay Nair on Oct. 13, as hundreds of students, staff, faculty, alumni, trustees, families, friends, and community members ushered in a new era at Arcadia University with his inauguration as 22nd president.

A nationally recognized expert in student affairs issues and an accomplished social justice, race, and ethnicity scholar, Dr. Ajay Nair assumed his role as Arcadia University’s 22nd President on April 2, 2018.

About Dr. Nair

Read citations from leaders in our community and beyond congratulating Dr. Nair on his appointment as president. 

Congratulations and Citations

View photo gallery from the presidential Inauguration and all events on Saturday, October 13.

Inauguration Photos

Arcadia University would like to thank all of the benefactors that made this day a success. 

Thank You, Benefactors

Reimagining Higher Education

In preparation for Inauguration Week, members of the Arcadia University community are reflecting on President Nair's theme: “Reimagining Our Higher Education Community: From Inclusion to Justice.” Here, students, faculty, and staff share their experiences at Arcadia, thoughts on inclusion and diversity, and hopes for the future of higher education.

What Does Inclusion in Higher Education Look Like?

For Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity Judy Dalton, inclusion “looks like all of us having a say.”

What Makes Arcadia’s Community Unique?

Caitlin Joyce '20 shares her first experiences as a member of Arcadia's community.

Why Are You a Justice Advocate?

Elijah Wilson '19 explains why students must be change agents.

What Does Inclusion Mean to You?

For Associate Professor Dr. Ana María García, inclusion is the process of asking, “Who is here, and who isn’t?”

How Does Diversity Programming Shape Our Experiences?

Coordinator of Diversity Programs and Initiatives May Their Aye '12, '14M explains why she loves her career.

Why Did You Choose This Theme for Inauguration?

For President Ajay Nair, justice is the end goal. Arcadia must create opportunities for members of the community to not just survive, but thrive.

Sub-Committee Chair Members

Alumni Engagement, Guest List, and Sponsorships

Jeff Spence
Betsy Waters
Christa Lane Hooper '12M, MPH
Kerry Costello Leraris '92, '94MEd
Joemille Santiago
Mary Waring
Nancy Woehrle
Facilities and Security Tom Macchi Joanna Gallagher
Brian Granata
Michele Jasir-Peters
Mike Saloma
PR and Communications Dan DiPrinzio Dan Brumbach
Caitlin Burns
Maria Narodesky
Jen Retter '16
Student Engagement  Ed Kovacs Michele Cain
Andrew Goretsky
Rose Katz
Inauguration: Week of Service Judy Dalton
Cindy Rubino
Sonya Pettiford
Events Lisa Stephens Dr. Jey Auritt '71
Alyssa Blackmon '18
Rachel Collins
Danielle Dougherty
Brittany Emswiler
Rose Katz
Lindsay McGann
President's Panel Rebecca Kohn Ana Maria Garcia
Faculty Senate