2009 Speeches & Statements Archive

Statement of GW President Steven Knapp on the Passing of Bob Smith

December 30, 2009
It is my sad duty to interrupt the holidays with the news that Trustee Emeritus Robert H. Smith passed away suddenly last night.

A Message from President Steven Knapp on the Power and Promise Fund

December 10, 2009
For nearly two centuries, The George Washington University has been realizing its namesake’s vision by educating citizen-leaders in the nation’s capital.

Statement of GW President Steven Knapp on the Passing of Abe Pollin

November 24, 2009
All of us at The George Washington University mourn the loss of trustee emeritus and distinguished alumnus Abe Pollin.

2009 State of the University at the GW Global Forum in Hong Kong

November 19, 2009

President Knapp provides an update on the university and its international reach for the inaugural GW Global Forum in Hong Kong.

"100 Voices 100 Days"

November 18, 2009
President Knapp explains how universities like GW can bring together the policy world and the academic world to make intellectual contributions to today’s environmental challenges for the British Embassy’s 100 Voices 100 Days project.

2009 Freshman Convocation

October 30, 2009
Good afternoon! On behalf of the Trustees, the Deans, and all my colleagues on the faculty and staff, it's a pleasure to welcome you to the vibrant, engaged community of scholars that is The George Washington University; and to welcome you, at the same time, to the world-wide and life-long community that now connects you with 25,000 current students and some 220,000 alumni around the world.

2009 "State of the University" Faculty Assembly

October 30, 2009
President Knapp provides an update on the university for the annual Faculty Assembly event.

2009 State of the University

October 03, 2009
GW President Steven Knapp discussed his priorities, the role of the alumni community, and his vision for GW in a conversation with moderator Dick Golden.

A Message from President Steven Knapp on Vice President Laurel Price Jones

August 26, 2009
I would like to inform you of a change in the leadership of the University's Division of Development and Alumni Relations.

A Message from President Steven Knapp on H1N1

August 21, 2009
As we prepare to welcome students back to campus and look forward to the beginning of the academic year, we are also closely monitoring reports of continued cases of H1N1 influenza across the country and around the world.

Statement from GW President Steven Knapp on the Death of Dr. Cyrus Katzen

July 13, 2009
The entire George Washington community is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Cyrus Katzen, a long-time friend whose family was connected to GW in countless ways.

President's Medal Citation to Carlos Slim

June 30, 2009
"You are a distinguished son of Mexico, which is justly proud of your many achievements. You have had a profound effect on your country’s economy, creating countless jobs and developing enterprises that span the spectrum of human endeavors. At the same time, your philanthropic efforts have enriched countless lives."

Statement by President Knapp Regarding Metrorail Tragedy

June 22, 2009
By now most of you are aware of today's tragic accident on the Metro's Red Line, which occurred during the evening rush hour.

President of the Republic of Korea Honorary Degree Ceremony

June 17, 2009
"Today, we honor Lee Myung-Bak, who as President of the Republic of Korea is leading his country to a new future built on educational opportunity, green growth, and a more peaceful and prosperous world."

2009 Charge to the Graduates

May 17, 2009
This is an exciting day for you and the family and friends who have supported you throughout your educational journey. We gather in this majestic setting on the National Mall to celebrate your accomplishments, applaud your hard work and perseverance, and to honor your deep commitment to being an active and engaged citizen of your community, nation, and world.

Statement of President Steven Knapp on the Death of GW Student Laura Treanor

May 01, 2009
We all continue to be saddened by the death in January of Laura Treanor, a promising student and a beloved member of our community.

A Message from President Steven Knapp Regarding H1N1 Influenza

April 29, 2009
I write today to advise you of the University's activities regarding the outbreak of swine influenza virus infection in Mexico and scattered cities in the U.S.

President Steven Knapp Announces the Retirement of Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald R. Lehman

March 16, 2009
It is with mixed emotions that I announce today that Donald R. Lehman, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, has informed me of his decision to retire from the University, effective December 31, 2010.

Humanities in a Time of Crisis

March 09, 2009
The case for the humanities was always hard to make, but now we face an audience that is less patient, more skeptical, and no less ready to score points against perceived elitism than the one we were addressing a year ago. Given that context, what argument should we be making, this year even more urgently than in the past?

A Message from President Knapp

February 24, 2009

Here in Washington we are still feeling the excitement of the inauguration and of GW's role in that historic event.