On behalf of my colleagues on the Board of Trustees, welcome to Randolph-Macon and
the new Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park. I am honored to be here today to celebrate
the dedication of this spectacular baseball facility.
This project was first dreamt of in 2007 in board meetings about the college’s 20-year
facilities footprint. Through the leadership and vision of President Bob Lindgren,
an ambitious campus master plan for the college’s future took shape that included
a stand-alone ballpark for Randolph-Macon baseball.
For those of you that have not had a tour of the new facility, it features several
outdoor batting cages, both home and away bullpens, a state-of the-art suspension
backstop so fans like us will have an unobstructed view of the field, a state-of-the
art communications system that includes an outstanding sound system and dugout and
bullpen phones for both home and visiting teams, the “Macon Monster,” otherwise
known as the 16-foot wall running from left field to center field, and, of course,
brick sidewalks and permanent stands which aesthetically tie the ballpark into the
surrounding Randolph-Macon campus.
The ambition to plan to build this type of facility takes a serious commitment from
alumni and supporters of the baseball program. I’d like to take a minute to recognize
one of my teammates and classmates, Mac Felts. Mac is the chairman of the Baseball
Fundraising Steering Committee and through his efforts and those of the volunteers
on the committee, we are standing in an outstanding facility. Mac, can you and your
committee please stand and accept our congratulations.
Mac and his committee do have a bit of unfinished business to tend to and are still
working hard to secure the remaining funding needed to successfully conclude the
ballpark fundraising campaign. Mac, I look forward to commending your committee
again when we reach our goal.
It is now my pleasure to turn today’s program over to President Bob Lindgren. Bob
is in his sixth year as Randolph-Macon’s president and under his vision the college
has instituted programs like the four-year degree guarantee; has added several new
majors and curriculum enhancements; launched a campus master plan, which has broken
ground on several new facilities – including a fantastic baseball facility; and
completed an ambitious strategic plan for the college. Bob and is wife Cheryl have
also found time to host countless numbers of students and alumni in their home,
which has earned Bob the title of “the student’s president.”