On Aug. 26, 2015, Guilford College inaugurated Jane Kelleher Fernandes as its ninth president.
The inaugural exercises were conducted in Dana Auditorium on campus and attended by almost 1,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College. Jane offered inaugural remarks Johnnetta B. Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., was guest speaker. Read a story about the inaugural exercises.
The inaugural exercises were followed by the Guilford College Showcase in front of Founders Hall. Kicked off by the planting of an oak tree in honor of Jane, the showcase featured performances and interactive demonstrations related to the College's academics, arts, clubs, athletics, service projects, study abroad and student-led media.
Jane took office as president July 1, 2014. She is the first woman to serve as Guilford's president and first deaf woman to lead a college or university in the U.S.