Garry Jenkins Is the Next President of Bates College

Garry Jenkins Is the Next President of Bates College

Bates College has announced that Garry W. Jenkins will serve as its next president. He will be the school’s ninth president and its first black president. Jenkins will transition to this role from the University of Minnesota Law School where he has been dean since 2016.

“I am overjoyed to join the Bates community as the college’s next president. Bates is a remarkable institution that is exceptionally well-positioned for the future,” said Jenkins in the announcement. “Even among the nation’s very best liberal arts colleges, Bates stands out for its illustrious history, academic excellence, vibrant and supportive community, innovative spirit, authentic relationship with its hometown, and the talent and dedication of its people. Simply put, everything about Bates and its culture resonates with me.”

Prior to joining Minnesota Law School, Jenkins was a professor of law at Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he served as associate dean for academic affairs for eight years.

Jenkins will begin his role as president on July 1.

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