James A. Perkins, 1963
The inauguration of James Alfred Perkins as Cornell’s seventh president took place on Friday, October 4, 1963 at 11:15 a.m. in Bailey Hall. University Organist Rudolf J. Kremer played prelude music. Dr. John W. Gardner, President of the Carnegie Corporation, provided remarks on “The Future of the University,” and the Glee Club sang, under the direction of Professor Thomas A. Sokol. Arthur H. Dean, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, formally presented the University Mace to the President. The Mace had been designed by Eric Clements of the Goldsmiths’ Guild of London in 1962 to symbolize the authority of the University as exercised by its principal officers. It now accompanies the President of the University at formal academic functions such as Commencements. President Perkins then presented his Inaugural Address.
Inauguration of James A. Perkins