On Sat, Oct. 1, the campus and community welcomed President Barbara K. Mistick and installed her as the 19th president of the college.
400 turn out for Mistick's installation
Former alumnae, current students and an estimated 400 people attended the three-day event to witness Dr. Mistick following in the footsteps of former president, Lorna D. Edmundson.
Dr. Mistick was chosen for her leadership and entrepreneurial credentials. She began to rely on her expertise as of July 1, 2011.
Inauguration committee members, administrators, faculty, staff, students, trustees and community members attended the event.
Wet weather has little impact on spirit of event
Even though wet weather dampened the opportunity to hold the ceremony outside, spirits were high.
John W. Gibb, the Chair of the Board of Trustees conducted the installation of Dr. Mistick as the new president on campus. Those attending gave a standing ovation as Gibb placed the presidential medallion around her neck.
A number of speakers alongside Chair member Gibb spoke, including current Class President, Stephanie Bachman ‘11.
Bachman welcomed Mistick with open arms. Mistick responded by expressing gratitude to those who made Saturday’s event possible, including her predecessor.
"I like to extend my gratitude to each of you for your strong foundation. On a personal note, I would like to thank Lorna Edmundson for her work…in the last 10 years," said Dr. Mistick.
Following the ceremony, attendees cheered, exchanging hugs and handshakes with Mistick as she walked out down the isle of the chapel. Alumnae took part in the history of the 19th president and enjoyed tearful reminiscing with old classmates. The oldest class represented was the class of ‘21. Joan Mitchell ‘63, Mary Anne McCormick ‘63 and Anne Barton ‘63 praised Mistick’s inaugural speech theme.
"We love the fact that Dr. Mistick focused her speech on love. We got the feeling of family."
The coming decades are critical for Wilson, according to Mistick, as the college grapples with "the importance of making life better for girls and women," she said.
But she says, "It is alums, community, counties, and everyone’s generosity that keep Wilson and its mission alive. There is no greater investment in supporting Wilson."