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.

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Chair: Mary James
Secretary: Eva Rueschmann, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
Members:

  • Dayna Cunningham
  • Sue Darlington (faculty)
  • Anne Downes (staff)
  • Linda Earle
  • Dave Matheson
  • Heather McCann (staff)
  • Lucy McFadden
  • Ali Mirsepassi
  • Carly Naughton (student)
  • Annie Rogers (faculty)
  • Carol Salzman
  • Eduardo Samaniego (student)
  • Pasha Thornton

Additional expertise provided by:

  • Rachel Rubinstein, Dean for Academic Support
  • Laura Wenk, Dean of Curriculum and Assessment

 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.

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Chair: Kim Saal
Secretary: Clay Ballantine, Chief Advancement Officer
Members:

  • Rachel Beckwith (staff)
  • Sascha Freudenheim
  • Lucy McFadden
  • Ali Mirsepassi
  • Eduardo Samaniego (student)
  • Lise Sanders (faculty)
  • Carol Varney
  • Yue Zhang (student)

Staff support:

  • Nicole Spring, Assistant to the Chief Advancement Officer

Audit and Compliance Committee

Charge: Contained within the Board’s 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.

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Chair: Bill Null
Secretary: Carl Weber, Interim Director of Facilities and Grounds
Members:

  • Sara Brown (student)
  • Bob Crowley (staff)
  • Dayna Cunningham
  • Naomi Darling (faculty)
  • Anne Downes (staff)
  • 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:

  • Lisa Karlin, Assistant to the Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer

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.

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Chair: Stephan Jost
Secretary: Meredith Twombly, Dean of Enrollment and Retention
Members:

  • Fraser Beede
  • Nirman Dave (student)
  • Lanette Sweeney (staff)
  • Sascha Freudenheim
  • Kamal Gatewood (student)
  • Carolyn Greenspan
  • Luis Hernandez
  • Mary James
  • Dave Matheson
  • Bob McCarthy
  • Becky Miller (faculty)
  • Annie Rogers (faculty)
  • Kim Saal
  • Carol Salzman
  • Maria Vallejo
  • 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.

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.

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Chair: David Dinerman
Secretary: Mary McEneany, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer
Members:

  • Fraser Beede
  • Judy Bornstein
  • Amy Dryansky (staff)
  • Jose Fuentes
  • Carolyn Greenspan
  • Sarah Hews (faculty)
  • Dick Hurd
  • Bob McCarthy
  • Ali Mirsepassi
  • Sky Morgan (student)

Additional expertise provided by:

  • Elizabeth Conlisk, Chair of the Campus Budget and Priorities Committee
  • Eva Rueschmann, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

Staff support:

  • Lisa Karlin, Administrative Assistant, to the Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer

Investment 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 Investing.

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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)
  • Nirman Dave (student)
  • 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 (staff 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.

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Chair: Luis Hernandez
Secretary: Byron McCrae, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Members:

  • Judy Bornstein
  • Rachel Brimmer (student)
  • Dayna Cunningham
  • Nirman Dave (student)
  • Ed Dees
  • Linda Earle
  • Jose Fuentes
  • Dick Hurd
  • Lucy McFadden
  • Carol Salzman
  • Eduardo Samaniego (student)
  • Carolyn Strycharz (staff)
  • Maria Vallejo
  • Vacancy (faculty)

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.

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
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