Committees of the Board of Trustees

The board of trustees is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of Hampshire College. It organizes its work using a committee structure that corresponds to various areas of operations, within the board and for the College as a whole. Much of the board’s work takes place at the committee level.

Most board committees include students, faculty, and staff as voting members. Additionally, staff members with relevant expertise are often asked to join a given committee in a non-voting capacity to provide advice and counsel. The chair of the board and the President of the College are ex officio members of all committees except for the Audit and Compliance Committee. Each committee is staffed by a member of the administration.


Academic Affairs Committee

Charge: To carry out, on behalf of the board of trustees, those responsibilities set forth in Article II of the board’s Bylaws: to ensure the quality and effectiveness of the College’s educational offerings by monitoring the effectiveness of teaching, learning, and academic standards and requirements. View the full Academic Affairs Committee Charter »

Chair: Mary James
Secretary: Eva Rueschmann, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty
Members:
    Dayna Cunningham
    Sue Darlington (faculty member)
    Anne Downes
    Linda Earle
    Dave Matheson
    Heather McCann (staff member)
    Lucy McFadden
    Carly Naughton (student member)
    Annie Rogers
    Carol Salzman
    Edwardo Samaniego
    Pasha Thornton
       
Additional expertise provided by:
    Rachel Rubinstein, dean for academic support
    Laura Wenk, dean of curriculum and ssessment

 Staff Support:
   Maureen Mooney, executive assistant to the vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty



Advancement Committee

Charge: To promote a culture of philanthropy throughout the Hampshire College community, including within the board itself. The committee ensures that the goals and strategies for fundraising efforts meet the College’s immediate and long-range priorities. It provides leadership in and engages with the President and College advancement in the College’s fundraising efforts. Committee members are expected to be fundraisers on behalf of the institution. View the full Advancement Committee Charter »

Chair: Kim Saal
Secretary: Clay Ballantine, chief advancement officer
Members:
    Rachel Beckwith (staff member)
    Sascha Freudenheim
    Lucy McFadden
    Eduardo Samaniego
    Lise Sanders (faculty member)
    Carol Varney
    Yue Zhang (student member)
   

 Staff Support:
    Nicole Spring, assistant to the chief advancement officer

Audit and Compliance Committee

Charge: Contained within the Board’s Bylaws. View the full Board Bylaws »

Chair: Rebecca Holland
Secretary: Mary McEneany, vice president for finance and administration and treasurer
Members:
    Judy Bornstein
    Carolyn Greenspan
    Dave Matheson
    Pasha Thornton

 Staff Support:
    Mike Ford, Controller

Buildings, Grounds, and Environmental Sustainability Committee

Charge: To oversee and seek board approval of capital planning, siting of capital projects, building and landscape design, and capital construction. It shall also evaluate deferred maintenance, land use, cost analysis and financing of capital projects, emergency preparedness, and applications of sustainable practices. View the full Buildings, Grounds, and Environmental Sustainability Charter »

Chair: Bill Null
Secretary: Carl Weber, interim director of facilities and grounds
Members:

 Sara Brown (student member)
 Bob Crowley (staff member)
 Dayna Cunningham
 Naomi Darling (faculty member)
 Anne Downes
 Carolyn Greenspan
 Stephan Jost
 Pasha Thornton

Additional expertise provided by:
    Beth Hooker, director of Food, Farm, and Sustainability
    Willa Kuh, director of planning, sustainability practice, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
    Mary McEneany, vice president for finance and administration and treasurer

Staff Support:

Enrollment Committee

Charge: To oversee, monitor, and obtain board approval of policies, plans, and initiatives that enable fulfillment of goals and objectives for admissions, retention, and financial aid and that support the mission, strategy, and purposes of the College. View the full Enrollment Committee Charter »

Chair: Stephan Jost
Secretary: Meredith Twombly, dean of enrollment and retention
Members:
    Fraser Beede
    Nirman Dave
    Lanette Fisher-Hertz (staff member)
    Sascha Freudenheim
    Kamal Gatewood (student member)
    Carolyn Greenspan
    Luis Hernandez
    Mary James
    Dave Matheson
    Bob McCarthy
    Becky Miller (faculty member)
    Annie Rogers
    Kim Saal
    Carol Salzman
    Carol Varney

Staff Support:
    Sarah Williams, administrative assistant

Additional expertise provided by:
    David Gibson, chief creative officer
    Mary McEneany, vice president for finance and administration and treasurer
    Eva Rueschmann, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty

Executive Committee

Charge: Contained within the board’s bylaws. View the full board bylaws »

Chair: Gaye Hill
Vice Chair: David Dinerman
Vice Chair: Luis Hernandez
Secretary: Beth Ward, secretary of the College
Members:
    Fraser Beede
    Rebecca Holland
    Mary James
    Stephan Jost
    Jonathan Lash
    Bill Null
    Kim Saal

Finance Committee

Charge: To monitor the College’s financial assets and operations and advise the board of trustees of the condition and adequacy of these assets and operations in support of the College’s mission and long-term economic health. View the full Finance Committee Charter »

Chair: David Dinerman
Secretary: Mary McEneany, vice president for finance and administration and treasurer
Members:
    Fraser Beede
    Judy Bornstein
    Amy Dryansky (staff member)
    Jose Fuentes
    Carolyn Greenspan
    Kristina Moss Gunnarsdottir (staff member)
    Sarah Hews (faculty member)
    Dick Hurd
    Bob McCarthy
    Sky Morgan (student member)

Additional expertise provided by:
    Elizabeth Conslisk, chair of the campus budget and priorities committee
    Eva Rueschmann, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty

Staff support:

Investment Committee
(Subcommittee of the Finance Committee)

Charge: To support the fiscal stability and long-term economic health of the College by developing and implementing for approval by the board policies and strategies regarding the management of all investment assets of the College, consistent with the long-term objectives of the institution and in compliance with the principles as articulated in the Policy on Environmental, Social, and Governance. View the full Investment Committee Charter »

Chair: David Dinerman
Secretary: Mary McEneany, vice president for finance and administration and treasurer
Members:
    Dick Hurd
    Bob McCarthy
    Jonathan Scott

Staff support:
    Melinda Weaver, financial analyst

Committee at Hampshire On Investment Responsibility (CHOIR)
(Campus advisory committee to the Investment Committee)

Charge: To make recommendations to the Investment Committee regarding the maintenance and the modification of investment responsibility guidelines; to review the way in which the Investment Committee interprets the guidelines and whether the College’s investment managers are in compliance with the investment guidelines; to keep the Hampshire community informed of its activities; to provide all relevant information in its possession to the Investment Committee, especially as concepts and findings that bear on business practices related to environmental, social, and governance issues evolve; and to provide the full board of trustees with a copy of its recommendations to the Investment Committee.

Chair: David Dinerman
Secretary: Mary McEneany, vice president for finance and administration and treasurer
Members:
    Jennie Chenkin (student member)
    Nirman Dave
    Amy Dryansky (staff member of Finance Committee)
    Sarah Hews (faculty member of Finance Committee)
    Sky Morgan (student member of Finance Committee)
    Carol Varney
    Vacancy (faculty member)
    Vacancy (faculty member)

Staff support:
   Melinda Weaver, financial analyst
  

Student Life Committee

Charge: To oversee, approve, and monitor policies and plans that promote a safe and healthy environment conducive to an integrated and holistic student educational experience, characterized by academic success, personal health and growth, and the enjoyment of a high quality of campus life; and ensure that the mission of the College guides all student life programs. View the full Student Life Committee Charter »

Chair: Luis Hernandez
Secretary: Byron McCrae, vice president for student affairs and dean of students
Members:
    Judy Bornstein
    Rachel Brimmer (student member)
    Dayna Cunningham
    Nirman Dave
    Ed Dees
    Linda Earle
    Jose Fuentes
    Dick Hurd
    Lucy McFadden
    Carol Salzman
    Eduardo Samaniego
    Carolyn Strycharz (staff member)
    Vacancy (faculty member)

Staff support:
    Frances Arnold, assistant to the vice president for the student affairs and dean of students

Trusteeship and Governance Committee

Charge: Contained within the board’s bylaws. View the full board bylaws »

Chair: Fraser Beede
Secretary: Beth Ward, secretary of the College
Members:
    Ed Dees
    Jose Fuentes
    Luis Hernandez
    Gaye Hill
    Rebecca Holland
    Jonathan Lash
    Bill Null
    Kim Saal

Additional expertise provided by:
    Clay Ballantine, chief advancement officer

Did you know?

Faculty, staff, and students serve as members of the following committees of the board of trustees:

• Academic Affairs
• Advancement
• Buildings, Grounds, and Environmental Sustainability
• CHOIR
• Enrollment
• Finance
• Student Life
 

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