SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will install Dr. Nayef H. Samhat as president of the college during inauguration ceremonies at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, on the lawn of Main Building.

The event is free and open to the public, and the college invites the community to a picnic luncheon on the grounds following the event.

“We hope many Wofford students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends of the college and delegates from other academic institutions will join us for this celebration,” says Harold Chandler ’71, chairman of the college’s board of trustees. “In the college’s 160-year history, only 11 individuals have led as president. Please join us for this special event and an opportunity to welcome Dr. Samhat.”

Wofford alumni and friends from around the country also will have an opportunity to view the inauguration online via live webcast ( In addition, a live Twitter feed will run with congratulations and notes. Use #welcomenayef to participate.

Samhat came to Wofford in July 2013 from Kenyon College, where he served as provost and professor of political science and international studies. Into his first year at Wofford, Samhat has helped the college begin a strategic planning process, restructured the college’s Department of Marketing and Communications to better serve the college’s integrated marketing needs, and shared his vision for creating global citizens through a campus-wide commitment to excellence, engagement and transformation.

Visit for additional information and a schedule of events celebrating the inauguration.