New President for Town & Gown

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Outgoing president Nathan Gonzales, left, passes the gavel to incoming president Ryan Bailey.

University of Redlands Town & Gown welcomes new president

The gavel was passed to a new University of Redlands Town & Gown president at the organization's annual dinner April 28.

During "An Evening of Classical Inspiration" that featured the performances of a classical trio from the San Bernardino Symphony and a solo singer from Redlands Choral Artists, Town & Gown also held a business meeting that included the transfer of power.

Outgoing President Nathan Gonzales, archivist at the A.K. Smiley Public Library and at the University who has been involved with Town & Gown more than six years, said the past year was a success.

"I was excited to have the opportunity to lead it for the last year. An organization is only as strong as its members, and our board is filled with interested, energetic, and committed individuals who really came together to get the job done. Everyone who sits on the board understands the needs of the organization, and each does whatever they can to fulfill those needs."

Gonzales congratulated that board for its successes.

"I’m proud to say that the Women of Distinction Luncheon, where nine women from the Inland Empire were awarded for outstanding achievement, raised $25,000 to add to the scholarship endowment. A real feat during these economic times. I wish I could take credit for that success, but the committee’s co-chairs led a great group who really did a bang-up job."

Town & Gown also co-sponsored the Redlands Forum events with Esri and the University, and was responsible for other events including Rah Rah Redlands, and the Moveable Feast which coincided with the University's Feast of Lights.

"Anyone who supports higher education, and that includes people like me who had no past affiliation with University of Redlands, should be a member of Town & Gown," Gonzales said. "The dual purposes of the organization make Town & Gown a unique asset to Redlands. The first is to enhance the relationship of our community – the Town – with the University – the Gown. We do this through special programs both on and off campus. The second is to provide scholarship opportunities to some outstanding students attending the University who are from the Inland Empire."

Incoming President Ryan Bailey, co-owner of Citrograph Printing Co. which is the longest continuously running business in Redlands, praised Gonzales for his outstanding leadership and spirited enthusiasm for the work of the organization.

Bailey, who served as chair of the Membership Committee last year, said Town & Gown is one of the critical links between the University of Redlands and the Redlands community, and he hopes to continue and preserve its traditions while giving thoughtful consideration to new pursuits and connections.

"As we approach our 30th anniversary of Town & Gown next year, I will be encouraging the board to continue to honor the traditions we have established and also look at new and creative ways to further our mission of bringing the University and the surrounding communities together."

Bailey encourages the community to get involved. Membership to Town & Gown is $35 annually. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 909-748-8011.

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