“There has never been a more important moment to be dedicated to and engaged in women’s education and in connecting our students to the world beyond our gates.”

Carmen Twillie Ambar
Cedar Crest College

Inauguration Photos

The Procession

The procession heads into Lees Hall.

The procession of more than 300 people stretched the entire walkway to Lees Hall.

Members of the procession, which included delegates from approximately 75 colleges throughout the United States, as well as dignitaries, alumnae, students, faculty and staff, prepare to process. The institutions spanned more than 350 years of higher education in America (Harvard, founded in 1636 to American Public University System, founded in 1991).

Delegates from Rutgers University, which operates Douglass Residential College—where President Carmen Twillie Ambar served as dean before coming to Cedar Crest—were on campus to support their former colleague.

Cedar Crest College faculty member Suzanne Weaver leads the procession.

Government officials showed their support for the College and President Carmen Twillie Ambar, including (from left) Don Cunningham, Ed Pawlowski, and Jennifer Mann

President Carmen Twillie Ambar is all smiles as she processes to Lees Hall.

Key members of the procession cheer onstage as President Carmen Twillie Ambar steps to the podium.

The Installation Ceremony

Honorable Henry S. Perkin, U.S. magistrate judge, says a few words to a packed house of 600 in Lees Hall during the inauguration ceremony. More than 100 guests also watched on closed-circuit TV, and the ceremony was also webcast live on the Internet.

Board of Trustees Chair Susan Hudgins administers the oath of office and presents President Carmen Twillie Ambar as Cedar Crest College's 13th president.

President Carmen Twillie Ambar shares a lighter moment with the inauguration crowd. During her inaugural address, she spoke of "making old things new again" by taking the College's mission of educating future women's leaders in the liberal arts, and expanding it onto an international stage through increased study abroad opportunities and international partnerships.

President Carmen Twillie Ambar is surrounded on the steps of Blaney Hall by the Installation Ceremony Student Marshals, a collection of Cedar Crest students—traditional and adult—who represent the high ideals and standards of the institution.


The 2009 Reimert Lecture

Cedar Crest College President welcomed former New Jersey Governor and former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman to campus to deliver the William D. Reimert Lecture.

Former New Jersey Governor and former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman provided a great opportunity for Cedar Crest students to learn about leadership.

Former New Jersey Governor and former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman at the podium during the William D. Reimert Lecture. Whitman told the audience in Samuels Theatre that women need to seek out leadership opportunities and display the confidence to lead. She said Cedar Crest is a great place to develop these attributes.


Student Showcase

Cedar Crest students perform an excerpt from The Goddesses Part I: Being Female in America during the humanities showcase.

AnTionette Byers-Paredes performs the role of abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth during an excerpt of The Goddesses Part I: Being Female in America.


Faculty Roundtable Discussion

Bart Shaw, Ph.D., professor of history at Cedar Crest College, recounts the history of the College during the Faculty Roundtable program.

Saladin Malik Ambar, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor at Lehigh University and spouse of Cedar Crest College President Carmen Twillie Ambar, moderated the faculty roundtable. An enthusiastic crowd listened intently as a panel of current and former academics discussed the use of technology in the classroom and how it is changing the face of education.