Westminster Inaugurates Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich as the College's 17th President

Oct 12, 2012

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch and Utah Governor Gary Herbert to welcome the new president SALT LAKE CITY - Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich will be inaugurated as Westminster's 17th president on Oct. 20, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the Behnken Field House, Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center. Steeped in tradition, the pageantry of collegiate presidential inaugurations is a sight to behold. Westminster's last inauguration was 10 years ago, making this a rare opportunity to witness the installation of a new president. Underscoring the importance of the event, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch and Utah Governor Gary Herbert will welcome Levin-Stankevich to office. Inaugurations publicly welcome and introduce a college or university's new president. The ceremony includes a colorful procession, music celebrating the college's heritage and symbolic rites passed to the new leader. The Utah Pipe Band will lead the processional, and Westminster's Chamber Singers and Jazz Quintet will perform. Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich will receive the president's medal, a polished brass memento designed by O.C. Tanner that has been passed to each succeeding president. President Levin-Stankevich will also receive Westminster's mace. Maces were war clubs used during the Middle Ages that, over time, became a symbol of authority and eventually adopted by universities as a symbol of the power of the academic quest for truth and wisdom. Participants will wear traditional academic dress. The Westminster College president wears a purple and gold robe to symbolize Westminster's colors. Dr. Levin-Stankevich will deliver his inaugural address after remarks from faculty, student and alumni representatives. Since 1875 Westminster College has been part of Salt Lake City's culture, contributing to the community's growth and diversity. Westminster has evolved into a vibrant campus that spans 32 acres in the Sugar House district and has a total enrollment of more than 3,400 students with a $135 million-dollar impact on the local economy. New projects are materializing as the college welcomes new leadership. The Board of Trustees at Westminster College selected Dr. Levin-Stankevich in March, 2012, after a nation-wide search. Levin-Stankevich succeeds Michael Bassis who served as college president for 10 years. Before becoming president of Westminster, Levin-Stankevich served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Coming from a large public school, he is excited to take the lead at a small, private liberal arts college where the focus is on student learning. He brings a career-long commitment of providing opportunities for all and a passion for the well-rounded knowledge gained through an education in liberal arts. Levin-Stankevich grew up in the Kaisertown district of Buffalo, New York, a tight-knit immigrant neighborhood that taught him respect for learning and curiosity. Levin-Stankevich is an avid road biker, hockey player and he plays guitar. In addition to the official inauguration ceremony, Westminster hosts several events that are open to the public, including the following: Inauguration Events for Saturday, October 20 - Open to the Public 11 a.m.: Fall Kid's Club: Location: Richer Commons Westminster invites the Salt Lake community to bring their kids to campus for a variety of crafts and games.   11 a.m. - 1p.m.: Academic Showcase: Location: Meet in the Richer Commons Westminster invites the community to experience first-hand what students are learning at Utah's only private, liberal arts college. Attendees can tour the college's state-of-the-art Meldrum Science Center, learn about the Great Salt Lake from the GSL Institute, fly in a Westminster flight simulator, take an Anti-Gravity Yoga class, tour the college's nursing facilities, and more!   2 p.m.: Inauguration Ceremony of Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich Location: Behnken Field House, Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center The Salt Lake community is invited to experience the excitement and pageantry first-hand during the inauguration ceremony of the college's 17th president. U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch and Utah Governor Gary Herbert will welcome Levin-Stankevich to office. For more information on the events and a live streaming webcast of the inauguration ceremony, visit: www.westminstercollege.edu/inauguration.

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About Westminster

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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