Distributed February 27, 2001
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Mark Nickel
Brown’s 18th president
University sets inauguration of Ruth Simmons for October 14, 2001
Ruth J. Simmons will be inaugurated as the 18th president of Brown University on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at 2 p.m.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Corporation of Brown University has set Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, as the date for the inauguration of Ruth J. Simmons as 18th president of the University.
The inauguration ceremony, which will begin with an academic procession at 2 p.m., will highlight a weekend in which many constituencies of the University will be visiting campus for annual meetings, academic forums and other events:
“The inauguration of Ruth Simmons will be an occasion for Brown to commemorate its 237-year history,” said Laura Freid, executive vice president for public affairs and University relations. “The Brown community will honor the richness of the University’s intellectual traditions and celebrate the promise of its future.”
Simmons, whose appointment was announced Nov. 9, will officially begin serving as Brown’s 18th president on July 1, 2001.
In addition to the inauguration ceremony, Inauguration Weekend will feature a variety of readings, performances, lectures and discussions by nationally recognized writers, artists, musicians, scholars and others. All events will be open to the public.