Alsion Byerly

I am honored to serve as Lafayette’s 17th president. As an undergraduate college that encompasses both the traditional liberal arts and a strong engineering program, Lafayette provides an extraordinary range and depth of opportunities to students, yet it remains deeply committed to the highly individualized, one-on-one mentoring that is the hallmark of the residential liberal arts college.



Watch and read speeches by Alison Byerly, including her first address to the Lafayette community and her inauguration speech.

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Messages from the President

Read President Byerly's messages to the College community and watch videos featuring her thoughts on Lafayette and the residential college experience and other topics.

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A Leading Voice

A thought leader on digital scholarship, the changing role of the humanities in the digital age, the importance of curricular innovation, and MOOCs (massively open online courses), Alison Byerly has lectured widely on these topics at prominent venues. Her essays have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

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Scholarly Works

Alison Byerly is the author of two books, Are We There Yet? Virtual Travel and Victorian Realism and Realism, Representation, and the Arts in Nineteenth-Century Literature, along with many scholarly articles and book chapters.

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A nationally recognized scholar, Alison Byerly is one of the nation’s most prominent thought leaders on the role of technology in higher education. She has a deep involvement in and commitment to an interdisciplinary and global approach to higher education. She is a former provost, executive VP, and professor at Middlebury College.

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