Presidential Inauguration

Greetings from the Staff

Credit: Carlos Barron

Serena Bettis ’25, P’23

Coordinator of Alumni Relations;
Chair-Elect, Staff Affairs Council

Good afternoon. On behalf of the Southwestern staff, I am pleased to congratulate President Laura Skandera Trombley on her inauguration as the sixteenth president, and the first female president of Southwestern University. I am honored to stand here today representing this group of dedicated, passionate, and hard-working people.

In our Southwestern staff, you will find the heartbeat of this institution. You can witness it in the connections made with students and the collaborations between departments. You only have to walk the majestic halls and the beautiful grounds to see the intricate care given to her.

President Trombley, the interest you have shown in your staff by attending some of the Staff Steering Committee meetings, the thoughtful and inclusive approach you have taken with the tactical plan, and the open communication with all of us, has made it possible for our voices and input to feel both meaningful and valued.

Whether we join you on weekly walks with the promise of a homemade baked goodie, or we walk together towards the goals and values of the University, we look forward to a future full of promise and welcome you to our university.