Inspiring Words at Inauguration

By Em Maxey ~ Staff Writer

President Alison Morrison-Shetlar speaking during her inauguration. Photo taken by Jess Head on Oct. 1

Women are starting to rule the world or, at the very least, the University of Lynchburg. President Alison Morrison-Shetlar’s inauguration on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, was filled with high energy as the Dell was brimming with bagpipes and drums. 

President Morrison-Shetlar is the first non-American born president, as well as, the first woman president of the University. The inauguration of Morrison-Shetlar was revolutionary for the pillars of leadership, innovation, and inclusivity and diversity.

The new president strives her leadership in the rights and betterment of all students, faculty, staff, and alumni. 

“The times are changing,” said Morrison-Shetlar. I couldn’t agree more. There is a buzz around the inauguration. There’s a sense of banishment of patriarchy. It’s liberating, inspiring, and enchanting to have such a strong, brilliant woman lead this institution as our president. 

President Morrison-Shetlar electrified the audience when she said “Words are no longer enough. Actions are paramount and we are taking action.” 

“We must stand up, we must clearly proclaim that Black Lives Matter,” said Morrison-Shetlar, as she proclaimed her intent to intensify the University’s efforts to be inclusive and diverse. 

As Morrison-Shetlar wrapped up her “thank you’s” in the first part of her speech, she said, “No I haven’t forgotten, I’ve saved the best for last. I am so very grateful to our incredible University of  Lynchburg students. I have said time and time again that your people, our people, are the heart and soul of this institution.” 

President Morrison-Shetlar is a woman that encourages us all to reach our best potential. She has influenced women across staff, faculty, alumni, and students to show their true colors and be strong, brave, and courageous. 

There is nothing that shows revolution more than the inauguration of a woman who roots for those who have been discriminated against and excluded from basic human rights. We are now looking forward to a brighter future at the University of Lynchburg. 

We are Lynchburg’s University, and we are a university of revolution. 

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