Message from President Dene Kay Thomas

"The college’s future will be shaped by those who love and support Fort Lewis," says President Dene Thomas, pictured here in her debut parade on July 4, 2010.

As Fort Lewis College begins its second century as a public educational institution, I am amazed as I consider who we were, what we have become, and the opportunities that lay before us.

The Fort Lewis seal declares that the college was "Established 1911," which is the year the Fort Lewis School for agricultural and mechanic arts opened in Hesperus, Colorado. The road that led from that first school to today is paved with the energy and efforts of many people. Indeed, as is true for the past, the future of this institution will be shaped by those who love and support Fort Lewis College.

Please join us in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the opening of that first high school, which evolved into an A&M college, was relocated to Durango, and then was reinvented as the liberal arts college that it is today.

In this century of change, what has remained constant is Fort Lewis' commitment to students.  Right now, what our students need most is assistance in financing their education.  That's why we've launched the Centennial Scholarship Campaign, and I urge you to include a donation for Fort Lewis scholarships in your 2011 giving plans.

Dene Thomas
President of Fort Lewis College