Beloit College inaugurated its 12th President, Eric Boynton, on Friday, November 3, 2023.
Moments from the ceremony
Watch the inauguration ceremony
Introducing President Boynton
Eric Boynton is an innovator and change expert with more than two decades of experience in higher education and nearly 15 years of leadership experience, including four years at the highest level of Beloit College’s executive leadership team. From 2019 to 2023 he served as Beloit’s Provost and Dean — the college’s chief academic officer — and a professor of philosophy.
Boynton came to Beloit from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, where he chaired the philosophy and religious studies department, directed the interdisciplinary studies program and the Black studies program, and founded and directed the honors program. He holds a Ph.D. in the philosophy of religion from Rice University, a master’s degree in religious studies from Vanderbilt University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands.
Schedule of Events
We welcome all to join us in person for this historic moment. Those who cannot are encouraged to participate remotely via a livestream.
November 3rd, 2023
- All Day: Presidential Inauguration of Eric Boynton, Various locations
- 12:00pm - 1:30pm: Presidential Investiture Ceremony, Edward Dwight Eaton Chapel
- 1:30pm - 3:00pm: Presidential Inauguration Hors d’oeuvres Reception, Sanger Center for the Sciences, Atrium
- 7:30pm - 11:00pm: President’s Inaugural Bash, The Powerhouse
The home, on the corner of Chapin and College Streets, was designed in 1851 in the Federal style by architect Lucas Bradley for Beloit’s first president, Aaron L. Chapin, and extensively remodeled in the Victorian style in the 1870s. At the time of the renovation, the home was still the private residence of the Chapin family.
Ellen Chapin (President Chapin’s daughter) gave the house to Beloit in 1937.
President Boynton and his wife, Julie, recently settled into the President’s House with their three pups, Vivi, Jolene, and Talulah.
History of Beloit
Beloit College was chartered by a group of educated, innovative New Englanders in 1846—two years before the Wisconsin territory became a state. Since then, our students, faculty, and staff have created a campus that seeks to push boundaries, defy expectations, challenge societal norms. That’s just the Beloit way.
Information for Visitors
Lodging and food
Beloit has many hotels, including those in walking distance. Plenty of food options, from burgers to sushi.
Thank you to those who joined us for this historic moment in Beloit College’s history.