Inaugural Questions

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Nobel Laureate in physics, Isidor Rabi, once explained how his mother helped him become a great scientist: “Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school: ‘So? Did you learn anything today?’ But not my mother. She always asked me a different question. ‘Izzy,’ she would say, ‘did you ask a good question today?’”

As we enter this next exciting chapter in the College’s singular narrative, we are drawing from the inspiring example of Izzy’s mother by dedicating the Inauguration on October 4th and 5th to several pressing questions.

What are the major problems and opportunities we face in the world? What role does a liberal arts education play in surmounting our most persistent challenges and seizing our greatest opportunities? How can CMC lead by example?

Thus, we have created a daylong program devoted to the art and science of decision-making and dedicated the Inauguration to the theme of Liberal Arts in Action.

Throughout our inaugural year, we will be asking many related questions. What are the special capacities of the liberal arts we intend to develop in the next generation of exceptional young men and women, in our research, and through our service?  How do our educational contributions help inform and improve the decisions we must make in the private, social, and public sectors?

And how can you help inform the important decisions we will make as a College to create even greater value, lead by example, and grow our special identity in the world of higher education?

This website is a tool for joining in this discussion, not only in preparation for the Inauguration, but as a springboard for our future collaborations. Visit the site to learn, listen, engage, teach, and share your stories and perspectives. Whether you are nearby or across the globe, here you can both learn about and help shape our upcoming events and activities.

Thank you in advance for joining us as we celebrate the College’s extraordinary achievements and may this site serve as an initial guide to our exciting future together.

Very best,



CMC Welcomes President Hiram E. ChodoshDecember 2012

On the eve of the announcement that Claremont McKenna College has selected him to be its fifth president, Hiram E. Chodosh offers a brief glimpse into his leadership style, challenges facing America’s liberal arts colleges, and his excitement to lead CMC–– calling the College and its mission a “national and global treasure.”

Board of Trustees DinnerDecember 2012

During a special recognition dinner at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, President Hiram E. Chodosh addressed CMC Trustees, faculty, students, staff, and other guests, with a message of gratitude and optimism.