Dear Marietta College Community:

On behalf of the dedicated faculty and staff at Marietta College, I am very happy and pleased to welcome our new students and all returning students back to campus for an exciting 2021-2022 academic year!

This past summer we were fortunate to welcome hundreds of students to our beautiful campus as they participated in conferences and camps. This was something we could not do last summer because of COVID restrictions, so it was exciting to see campus once again become vibrant and to meet with students ranging in ages 3-17 who may one day join us as a Pioneer. Yet, nothing is more exciting than welcoming new and returning students to campus. That excitement began two weeks ago as Fall Athletes and Leadership Students arrived on campus. It continued last week as our freshman class, which is more than 360 strong, arrived and quickly learned what it means to be part of the Pioneer family.

Judy and I enjoyed greeting these students and their families as they moved on to campus. We are looking forward to watching their accomplishments in the classroom, on the playing fields and the stage.

As I am proud to enter my sixth year as Marietta’s President, I continue to be impressed by our strong foundation, dedicated faculty, and supportive alumni and donors. I am as committed as ever to our mission and believe that together we can accomplish anything at Marietta College. Those accomplishments begin with our enduring commitment to prepare our students to be lifelong learners and leaders in their communities.

I believe the world needs more Pioneers — bold thinkers ready to confront any challenge. These independent spirits inspire and lead others on the journey to a promising future. Over the next two semesters, our new students will learn what it means to be a Pioneer, our upperclassmen will continue developing their academic and leadership skills, and our Class of 2022 will put the finishing touches on their undergraduate studies and embrace the endless possibilities their bright futures hold. It is our privilege to be part of their journey.

As we embark on a new academic year, we must still face the challenges of COVID-19 as we also provide a meaningful, in-person experience. We are in a much better place than 12 months ago. Thanks to multiple vaccines that are scientifically proven to protect us against COVID-19, we are closer to normal. I strongly encourage everyone who can to get vaccinated to help protect yourself as well as our community at large. As of today, 64.5 percent of the campus community has received a full dose of a vaccine. As the vaccination rate increases on campus and we receive further guidance from our federal, state, and local officials, we will revisit the mask requirements in all indoor settings and any other changes that may be appropriate. And if you are vaccinated, please share your vaccine card with the Center for Health & Wellness (students) at or Human Resources (employees) at  Thank you for your patience and partnership in moving past the challenges of COVID-19 and know that as any changes are required or recommended, we will inform you as soon as possible.

I want to again welcome everyone to campus. I also want to thank you for your continuing commitment to making Marietta College a bold and adventurous campus. It is a campus that provides students with a transformational educational opportunity, helps them achieve their dreams, and makes the world a better place.

Best wishes for a memorable and successful 2021-2022 at Marietta College.

Bring forth a Pioneer!

Bill Ruud