Message from the Interim President

Dear Students:

When I arrived as a student myself at Guilford College in the fall of 1975, I soon discovered that I was joining a vibrant community of smart, creative, and impassioned learners. I have felt the same way since I had the privilege of joining Guilford’s faculty in the fall of 1999. It is my great pleasure now, as Interim President of the College, to ask you to join us.

Guilford’s mission is to provide “a transformative, practical, and excellent liberal arts education that produces critical thinkers in an inclusive, diverse environment.” Our Quaker heritage — particularly the Quaker testimonies of community, equality, integrity, peace, and simplicity — guides that mission, and we realize it by engaging students in an education that emphasizes “the creative problem-solving skills, experience, enthusiasm, and international perspectives necessary to promote positive change in the world.”

Our Quaker-inspired learning community expresses itself through the Guilford Edge, our comprehensive education program for the whole person that engages students in collaborative and experiential learning, team-based advising, community building, and training for ethical leadership. Guilford stands out for its commitment to teaching students how to comprehend and solve problems in a principled, ethical way, deeply informed by our Core Values of community, diversity, equality, excellence, integrity, justice, and stewardship. Our students leave us prepared to thrive in a changing world, ready for graduate school programs and the world of work, having learned how to contribute vitally to the advancement of the communities they join next.  

At Guilford you will discover outstanding faculty who excel as teachers and mentors. You will find dedicated staff who help guide your education and development. And you will find supportive alumni who will partner with you in post-college planning and networking. In short, as a Guilford student you will be a part of an extended family. 

Since its beginning in 1837, the College has been transforming lives and making a positive difference in the world. Are you ready to be changed, to shape your life and career toward making the world a better place? If so, I encourage you to consider Guilford as the right place for you. Explore our website,, or speak with an Admission representative. I hope to welcome you to our beautiful campus and vital community.


James W. (Jim) Hood ’79
Interim President                                                                                                                 
Charles A. Dana Professor of English