Friday was a day of celebration and excitement on Lafayette College's campus. An inauguration ceremony was held for the college's 17th president, Alison Byerly. She is also the college's first female president.

"It's always significant when you have a leadership change. You have new energy, new ideas, new opportunities," said Ed Ahart, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Byerly started her term at Lafayette July first and is making quite an impression on students.

"She goes to a lot of the events, she goes to the football games, she goes to all the stuff that's going on so it's nice to see her like involved with the student population," said Bridget Walsh, a sophomore.

"I think she really is trying to connect with us at a level with our generation, it's very nice," said Kristofer Meehan, a junior from Denver.

"She's one of the wittiest people I've ever met in my life. I think she's really, really fun to be around and I'm excited for all the changes she has in mind to boost school spirit," said Juannell Riley, a student on the track and field team.

Byerly comes to Lafayette from Middlebury College in Vermont where she most recently served as provost and executive vice president.

"Alison is clearly one of the leading thought leaders in the country and one of the most articulate in the use of technology in improving teaching, improving learning," said Ahart."I think we will see Lafayette be even more of a leader than it already is in the use of technology to really strengthen the opportunity for students."