Bow Tie Bash Celebrates Durdens
May 7, 2013
Watch the Bow Tie Bash's video tribute to the Durdens.
More than 400 Dickinsonians from around the globe gathered
on campus to celebrate William G. ’71 and Elke Durden’s 14 years of leadership,
service and dedication to Dickinson at the Bow Tie Bash, Saturday, May 4. Featuring
a video tribute; a poetry reading; speeches from alumni, students and staff; and even a
sing-along, the event celebrated the
college’s “revolutionary rise” during Durden’s tenure, highlighting significant
gains in admissions, academics, finance,
alumni engagement, national stature and sustainability.
“Bill’s unending energy, focus and passion for the college
are in evidence everywhere you look,” said Board of Trustees Chair Jennifer Ward Reynolds ’77, who served as emcee for the festivities. “Our school is now
recognized as one of the best liberal-arts schools in the country.”
Other speakers included Sam Rose ’58, whose generous support of Dickinson during
Durden’s tenure includes roughly $10 million in scholarships aimed at increasing diversity and the lead gift to establish the Durden Athletic Training Center; Andrew Chesley '13, Student Senate president; and Neil Weissman, provost and dean of the college.