Champlain College to celebrate its next chapter with inauguration of Alex Hernandez as 10th president

Three days of on-campus events highlight intention to “Build a Better Future”

Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College kicks off the next chapter in its 144-year history with the inauguration of 10th President Alejandro (“Alex”) Hernandez. Setting a course to “build a better future,” Champlain will bring to life its core values of innovation, inclusivity, and engaged learning during three days of conversation and celebration from November 3-5, 2022.

A community celebration, four fireside chats, and the official inauguration ceremony will weave together themes of lifting people and communities, being more human in an increasingly digital world, expanding Champlain’s leadership in the sciences, and what it means to be “Champlain Ready.” Under Hernandez’s leadership, Champlain College is preparing students to be ready for work, ready for life, and ready to make a difference so that they can build a better future for both themselves, Vermont and the world.

November’s festivities will mark the most diverse inauguration the College has hosted, celebrating a group of diverse speakers and Hernandez as the first Latino President of Champlain College. Hernandez’s values of interconnectedness and inclusive communities will be a common theme represented during these engaging events.

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Three days of inaugural events at Champlain College


Thursday, November 3 to Saturday, November 5, 2022

  • Kick-Off Celebration, Thursday, November 3 at 4:00-6:30 pm

  • Fireside Chats:

    • Lifting People and Communities
      Donnell Butler, Ph.D. President & Founder, Opportunity College, Friday, November 4, 12:00-12:45 pm

    • Creating the World We Want to Live in
      Guha Bala, President and Co-founder of Velan Studios, and Karthik Bala, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Velan Studios, Friday, November 4, 6:15-6:45 pm

    • Being More Human in a Digital World

Melissa Thomas-Hunt, John Forbes Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and former Head of Global Diversity and Belonging at Airbnb, Friday, November 4, 7:00-7:30 pm

  • What Does it Mean to Be “Champlain Ready” in the Sciences?
    John Abele, Founder of Boston Scientific, and

Sarah Kalil, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of CoreMap,
Saturday, November 5, 10:30-11:15 am

  • Official Inauguration Ceremony: “Build A Better Future,”
    Alex Hernandez, Champlain College’s 10th President
    Saturday, November 5, 1:00-2:30 pm


Kick-off Celebration: CCM Building, Champlain Room/Rozendaal Courtyard (weather permitting), located at 251 S Willard St, Burlington, VT

Fireside Chats: Champlain College Alumni Auditorium, located at 375 Maple Street, Burlington, VT

Inauguration Ceremony: Argosy Gymnasium inside the IDX Building, located at 262 S Willard St Burlington, VT.

Parking is available Thursday and Friday at the Summit Parking Lot and Saturday at the Rowell Parking Lot, located off South Willard Street.

Media RSVP:

Due to limited seating capacity, members of the media who plan to attend any of the listed events are asked to RSVP to Anna Barbati at [email protected]. A livestream of the Inauguration Ceremony will be available HERE for those who would like to join virtually.

About Champlain College: Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and more than 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain’s distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain ranks in multiple categories of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges,” including Best Value Schools, Best Colleges in the North, Best Colleges for Veterans, and Top Performers on Social Mobility. Champlain was also listed among The Princeton Review’s “The Best 388 Colleges” in 2023 and was recognized as a 2022 College of Distinction for its “Engagement, Teaching, Community, and Outcomes.” For more information, visit

Burlington, VT, October 28, 2022—Champlain College