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Presidential Initiatives

Governance Task Force
For over a year the Governance Task Force worked to audit the College's current governance structures and produce a report of their findings and recommendations for strengthening governance bodies at Hampshire. One of the recommendations coming out of the Task Force's final report is the creation of a full-fledged Student Government Association (SGA) as a successor to Community Council. This project is currently underway.

Rehamping the Barn
In fall 2011, President Jonathan Lash charged the Rehamping student group with facilitating a process by which a decision could be made regarding how the horse barn on the President’s property could be repurposed on the Hampshire campus. An open call for proposals brought 13 parties to describe spatial needs they saw on campus. In spring 2012, Professor Caryn Brause and her Rehamping the Barn class took on the next stage of the project.

Presidential Lecture Series
In spring 2012 the College began hosting a series of lectures bringing alumni and national experts to campus for discussions on the trends in higher education on topics including technology, sustainability, humanities, arts, and the social sciences.

$1 Billion Dollar Green Challenge
In the fall of 2011, Hampshire College joined with 32 other leading institutions to launch the Billion Dollar Green Challenge. The goal is to invest a cumulative total of one billion dollars in self-managed green revolving funds that finance energy efficiency upgrades on campus.

Alumni Think Tanks
Hampshire facilitated four Facebook groups in the areas of the arts and humanities, higher education, sustainability, and technology and creativity, where alums were invited to participate in assisting the College to communicate clearly a shared vision for the future and what difference Hampshire can make. In each of the think tanks, alums contributed compelling arguments for the unique and timely education Hampshire College provides. This exercise has laid the groundwork for ongoing think tank exercises going forward.

Hitchcock Center for Environment Nonbinding Memorandum
The governing boards of Hampshire College and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment recently signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding to explore possible sites for the Center to build a state-of-the-art environmental education center on campus.

Strategic Planning
From 2010-2011, Marlene Gerber Fried, interim President of Hampshire College, led a strategic planning process that worked to confirm the core values and mission of Hampshire College and create a compelling plan and strategies for implementation.


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