President Jill M. Baren wears a presidential gown of red and black, the colors of the College, at her inauguration.

Inauguration Recap

Hundreds of special guests—including alumni, community members, and friends of the College—joined students, faculty, and staff in the Sports and Recreation Center on South Campus for the hourlong ceremony.

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President Jill M. Baren watches as a bagpiper leads the inaugural procession.

Twenty international students carry the flags of their nations.

International students make up 14 percent of the College’s student body.

The Lake Forest College Combined Choirs perform at the inauguration ceremony. 

Lake Forest Mayor George Pandaleon calls Lake Forest College a jewel in the City of Lake Forest.

Associate Dean of Students Aldo Guzman presents greetings from the staff and introduces the past presidents. 

Student Government President Gabriel Blindauer ’24 delivers greetings to President Baren from the students.

Board Chairman David Gorter ’80 presents President Baren with the College’s official charter.

President Baren delivers her inaugural address.

Following her address, the crowd gives President Baren a standing ovation.

Following the inaugural address, Susan Dumont ’07, Chair of the Alumni Council, presents greetings from alumni. 

President Baren greets students at the Inaugural Reception immediately following the ceremony.

Assistant Professor of Finance Dimitra Papadovasilaki (left) and Assistant Professor of Politics Ajar Chekirova pose for a photo with President Baren.

President Baren greets alumni and staff.

Spike Gummere of the Office of Advancement and longtime admissions advisor poses with students at the reception.

Meet President Baren

Dr. Baren brings nearly 30 years of experience in major academic, research, and administrative leadership roles at the University of Pennsylvania and University of the Sciences to the position of Lake Forest College president.

An inspiring leader, Dr. Baren’s experience is centered in humanism, medical ethics, experiential education, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a strong belief in the liberal arts.

You can view her full biography here.