I visted Berea the other day and let me tell you, it was simply amazing. Great campus and overall great atmosphere!
So glad to see the article in the New York Times today about Berea. Very proud.
I wish you the absolute best as you embark on this new journey at Berea College. As a recent alumni I am very inspired by your sincere efforts of reaching out and getting to know your new community. The ceremony was beautiful and very well-put together. Berea really is a special place, and I hope that you will grow to cherish and treasure it as much as I have. I look forward to hearing of how you will shape and develop this community of remarkable and incredible people. God bless.
Berea College Class of 2012
You have taken the reigns at a place that is very near and dear to my heart. My life has been enriched in so many incredible ways by the people and place that are Berea College. The time I spent as a student taught me more than I can ever repay. I was unable to take take part in the inaugural festivities due to work, but you and Laurie have my complete support and good wishes. I participate most regularly through the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center. If I can be of use in other ways, I trust you will let me know.
Jeanne Marie Hibberd ’84
Development & Communications Director
Hindman Settlement School
I was delighted when I began to hear good things about Berea’s new President. I join the members of the Berea community, past and present to welcome you to a place close to our hearts and wish you many years of joyful work with and for Berea. (former math instructor and IS&S staff member in the 1990s and early 2000s)
Look! Listen! and Lead! All are essential elements on the journey you are embarking on as Berea College’s President! Berea (College) is a city on the hill that cannot be hid! May God bless you (and your wife) as you carry on the legacy of John G. Fee addressing the education disparity gap, labor skills and ethic, race and ethnic relations, and economic crisis.
I am excited about attending your Inauguration activities on Saturday. If I am not able to meet you in person, there will be many opportunities ahead. Congratulations!
All the best,
Dr. Regina R. Washington
Class of 1993
Very excited about the inauguration. It has been very neat to be on campus this year as you have transitioned into the presidential role. Thank you for taking the time to get to know the students, not only collectively, but individually as well.
Congratulations and welcome to Berea College, one of our “life’s extras”! Blessings to you as you continue to take care of Berea, the staff and students. Your warmth and presence on campus is so inspiring and impressive and we wish you many years of happiness in your role of leadership of “Berea Beloved.”
Congratulations President Roelofs
Joe Van Sloun
(Executive Director – Van Sloun Foundation)
Congratulations to you both and welcome to the Berea College family! Thank you for making us all feel included in this lovely celebration and exciting new beginning for the college.
Congratulations on your appointment. We wish you great success here at Berea College. Doug and I are here to assist you and Laurie in whatever ways we can.
Welcome and congratulations to you, President and Laurie Roelofs! These are exciting times for Berea College and we are looking forward to commemorating this special event with you and the community. God’s blessings to you both.
Lyle and Laurie, congratulations on this wonderful weekend for Berea College!
Sending warm wishes for a joyful celebration,
Congratulations from a still-snowy Hamilton, NY, where you are still missed for all both of you did for the community while you were here. Colgate’s loss was certainly Berea’s gain. May your inauguration be joyous … and fun. Am sure Berea will thrive under you.
I am a very old citizen of Berea who wants to welcome a family of newcomers to Berea. I hope you will be very happy here. I also hope the opportunity to meet will come up very soon. May there be many fond memories as time passes.
Blessings on you both as you lead this remarkable institution into a new phase of its history. May inauguration day overflow with joy for you and all those around you. The committee planning the events surrounding the inauguration ceremony has done a great job—there are treats on offer for everyone. I very much wish I could take part. Unfortunately I’m leaving Wednesday for a conference in North Carolina. Maybe the sand sculpture will be intact when I get back!
In any case, I believe Berea College has found a wonderful leadership team for this time and place. I anticipate good things to come as you cast a vision for the future of Berea College and lead faculty, staff, and students to embrace it.
Lyle and Laurie,
I am very much looking forward to attending the Inauguration and seeing beautiful Berea, KY and
the college! Peg
Copngratulations on your appointment, Dr. Roelofs! As a person of Dutch descent, it’s my great pleasure to welcome a fellow Hollander to Berea and Berea College. You are obviously already a great asset to the college.
Welcome to the Berea College Family. I hope your life here is enriched to it’s fullest.
Congratulations, Lyle and Laurie!
Paul R. Darnell
Former Pastor, Park United Methodist Church
Congratulations!! We are so proud of you Lyle and wish we could attend. It seems like you and Laurie have found a wonderful home at Berea! We wish you all the best for your appointment as the President of Berea College!
Hugs and God Bless you both. Love, Candi and Mike Schaefermeyer
May God continue to bless your time at Berea College. Your impact has already been felt far beyond the campus grounds. Joy and happiness to you both!
Welcome and congratulation to The Roelofs, Lyle and Laurie! You make our hearts sing with your warm smiles and presence at the place on earth which has shaped our lives in wonderous ways! We look forward to more joyous times with you and Berea!
Congratulations, President Roelofs! Though disappointed that distance does not allow me to personally attend the inauguration, I’m pleased that one of our alumni – Mike Rushing – who is IT Program Director at UK HealthCare in Lexington, will be there to welcome you to the area. May you enjoy a long, rewarding, and successful tenure at one of the South’s most outstanding members of the higher education community!
Ellen Sheppard, EdD
President, Carolinas College of Health Sciences
Thank you for the honor of an invitation to attend your inauguration. I am sorry that my husband and I can not come. The beautiful packet of information gave my heart a smile and a feeling of confidence that Berea College—it’s mission, history and future all are in good hands.
Congratulations Dr. and Mrs. Roelofs. May the light of God’s wisdom rest on you and inspire your vision and actions and may your time at Berea bless both you and the college.
Gloria Calfee Martin—class of 1960
Optima quaerens in omnibus
From the examples of leadership by those who undertook the challenge to the “Day Law” to your present day challenges as Berea’s new President; we offer our support and best wishes. You will find, that every day, you will gain more than you can give. It will be a wonderful experience.
May God continue to Bless Berea and all those lucky to be Bereans.
I look forward to making your acquaintance, Dr. Roelofs. As Berea’s ninth president, you will continue the legacy of my great grandfather, John Gregg Fee. No doubt you will accomplish great things, as tradition lives on. I am eager to meet both you and Mrs. Roelofs at your installation and inauguration ceremonies next month. With high regards, Nancy Embree Sando
Welcome to this wonderful part of the world. May your tenure at Berea College be a fulfilling and joyful one. We (Allene and I) regret that we will not be able to attend the inauguration but please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers as you embark on this journey.
Congratulations on your appointment as the ninth president of Berea College. I wish you great success as you go forward and it would please me greatly if you could do something about allowing the student body to grow just a wee bit. We had approximately 1500 students when I was there in 1959 and isn’t it about that same size now?
Thank you for the invitation to attend your inauguration to Berea College,Lyle and Laurie. God be pleased to give you a servant’s heart that will bless the college, students, and the entire community. I am honored to be invited and look forward to the event.
Welcome! President and Laurie Roelofs to Berea College and its beautiful community.
May this inauguration be a joyful and memorable moment for you and your family as we commemorate your Presidency and residency for many years frontward.