Morgan State President Adds Voice in Open Letter Directed to President-elect Donald Trump

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November 18, 2016

Dear President-elect Trump,

As do you, we “seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict.” In order to maintain the trust required for such productive engagement, it is essential that we immediately reaffirm the core values of our democratic nation: human decency, equal rights, freedom of expression, and freedom from discrimination. As college and university presidents, we commit ourselves to promoting these values on our campuses and in our communities, and we stand alongside the business, nonprofit, religious, and civic leaders who are doing the same in organizations large and small. In light of your pledge to be “President for all Americans,” we urge you to condemn and work to prevent the harassment, hate, and acts of violence that are being perpetrated across our nation, sometimes in your name which is now synonymous with our nation’s highest office. In our schools, on job sites and college campuses, on public streets and in coffee shops, members of our communities, our children, our families, our neighbors, our students, and our employees are facing very real threats, and are frightened. One of the roles of leaders is to protect and empower the most vulnerable. As President-elect, this responsibility rests heavily on you. Let this be a mark of your leadership. Raymond E. Crossman President Adler University Mauri Ditzler President Albion College Mark Zupan President Alfred University Jeff Abernathy President Alma College Biddy Martin President Amherst College 2 William R. Groves Chancellor Antioch University John M Sullivan President Art Academy of Cincinnati Paul C. Pribbenow President Augsburg College Steven Bahls President Augustana College Marjorie Hass President Austin College Leon Botstein President Bard College Mac Powell President Bastyr University Scott Bierman President Beloit College Mariko Silver President Bennington College David C. Joyce President Brevard College Kimberly Wright Cassidy President Bryn Mawr College 3 Nancy Blattner President Caldwell University Donald J. Laackman President Champlain College Frank G. Pogue Interim President Cheyney University of Pennsylvania David McInally President Coe College Brian W. Casey President Colgate University Helen J. Streubert President College of Saint Elizabeth Philip L. Boroughs, S.J. President College of the Holy Cross Jonathan Brand President Cornell College Jann Weitzel President Cottey College Carol Quillen President Davidson College Mark McCoy President DePauw University 4 Walter M. Kimbrough President Dillard University MaryAnn Baenninger President Drew University Donald Eastman President Eckerd College Carl J Strikwerda President Elizabethtown College Jake B. Schrum President Emory & Henry College James A. Anderson Chancellor & Professor of Psychology Fayetteville State University J. Michael Pressimone President Fontbonne University Daniel Porterfield President Franklin & Marshall College Elizabeth Davis President Furman University Janet Morgan Riggs President Gettysburg College Robert Kenny President Goddard College 5 Mark Scheinberg President Goodwin College Jose Antonio Bowen President Goucher College Raynard S. Kington President Grinnell College Jane K. Fernandes President Guilford College Rebecca M. Bergman President Gustavus Adolphus College John J. “Ski” Sygielski President HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College Margaret L. Drugovich President Hartwick College Kimberly Benston President Haverford College Lori Varlotta President Hiram College Mark D. Gearan President Hobart and William Smith Colleges Andrea Chapdelaine President Hood College 6 Shirley A. Mullen President Houghton College Lisa A. Rossbacher President Humboldt State University Alison Byerly President Lafayette College Dan McAlexander President LaGrange College Michael B. Alexander President Lasell College Mark Burstein President Lawrence University Barry Glassner President Lewis & Clark College Richard Green President Lincoln University, Pennsylvania Brian F. Linnane, S.J. President Loyola University Maryland Kenneth R. Garren President Lynchburg College Brian Rosenberg President Macalester College 7 Stuart Kestenbaum President Maine College of Art James Gandre President Manhattan School of Music Kevin F. F. Quigley President Marlboro College Kerry Walk President Marymount Manhattan College Laurie Patton President Middlebury College Bryon Grigsby President Moravian College John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. President Morehouse College David Wilson President Morgan State University Stanley J. Pritchett, Sr. President Morris Brown College Sonya Stephens Acting President Mount Holyoke College Timothy E. Trainor President Mount St. Mary’s University 8 John I. Williams, Jr. President Muhlenberg College Kent Devereaux President New Hampshire Institute of Art Richard Helldobler Interim President Northeastern Illinois University Lawrence Schall President Oglethorpe University David W. Oxtoby President Pomona College Debbie Sydow President Richard Bland College Allan Cahoon President and Vice Chancellor Royal Roads University Rachel Schreiber Interim President San Francisco Art Institute Karen R. Lawrence President Sarah Lawrence College Tracy Fitzsimmons President Shenandoah University Susan E. Henking President Shimer College 9 Peg Albert President Siena Heights University Joe Bertolino President Southern Connecticut State University David Rees Evans President Southern Vermont College Edward B. Burger President Southwestern University John A. Pieper President St. Louis College of Pharmacy Kevin J. Manning President Stevenson University Valerie Smith President Swarthmore College Susan C. Scrimshaw President The Sage Colleges John M. McCardell, Jr. Vice-Chancellor and President The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee Joanne Berger-Sweeney President Trinity College (Hartford) Stephen C. Ainlay President Union College 10 Thomas W. Keefe President University of Dallas Quint Thurman President University of the Southwest Jonathan Chenette President Vassar College Thomas Christopher Greene President Vermont College of Fine Arts Scott D. Miller President Virginia Wesleyan College Tori Haring -Smith President Washington & Jefferson College Weymouth Spence President Washington Adventist University Joseph Kline President Watkins College Jonathan Gibralter President Wells College Michael S. Roth President Wesleyan University Dennis Hanno President Wheaton College (Massachusetts) 11 David J. Chard President Wheelock College Sharon Herzberger President Whittier College Stephen E. Thorsett President Willamette University Elizabeth MacLeod Walls President William Jewell College Adam Falk President Williams College Barbara K. Mistick President Wilson College