Claremont McKenna's founding president, George C. S. Benson's speech to the campus in 1947.
President Gann's speech to the campus in 2009.
I listened to President Gann's speech today, hoping for some kind of analysis of Claremont McKenna's unique position in the world. The speech started off well, with her emphasizing that Claremont McKenna is one of the few colleges she knows of that constantly keeps coming back to its mission statement.
Unfortunately, this was the high point of the speech. President Gann assured the audience that were the founders of Claremont McKenna alive today, they would applaud the shifts in our emphasis. She even used the phrase a "living" document.
Having read nearly every book and article I can find on Claremont's history, I respectfully disagree but I figured it would be best if I let the reader draw his own conclusions. Have a look at founding president, George C. S. Benson's speech in 1947, which was given in December. [click on the images]