President Nelson announces the final committee to assist in examining options for securing Hampshire’s future, comprising alums and parents in the fields of business and education
Dear Hampshire Community,
We’ve just completed the formation of the final committee that will assist in the next, critical phase of our work together—examining concrete options for securing Hampshire’s future. This new group, selected for their expertise and experience primarily in the fields of business and education, will add vital off-campus perspective to our discussions and complement the strength of our on-campus Options Committee made up of faculty, staff, and students.
Our goal from the start has been to move toward an open phase of discussions with the campus this spring. This will help the Board ultimately select the path that best meets the needs of Hampshire moving forward. The two “options” committees will work closely with the Board, and I’d like to briefly share with you information about how each is constituted and how they’ll work together as the Board moves toward a decision. I’m pleased that we’ve reached this point. And I’m so grateful to everyone for your investment in this effort.
The newly created President’s Options Working Group of off-campus community stakeholders will be a sounding board for the trustees and me, conducting their deliberations independently, and a vehicle for communicating with all Hampshire constituencies. They’ll convene for the first time this week to review the College’s financial position and the options currently under consideration, and to discuss protocols for communicating out to the wider Hampshire community. The members are:
The Campus Options Committee, which I’ve described in earlier letters, has been engaged for the last month in similar work. Comprised of faculty, staff, and students, its members are:
Both the on-campus Options Committee and President’s Options Working Group will be instrumental in providing guidance and input to the Board on the full range of options under consideration. All work will be guided by the following principles in our collective effort to bring about a sustainable future for Hampshire:
Thank you. I look forward to our continued conversations as this work gets under way.