On April 5, 2019, the Board of Trustees voted to appoint Ken Rosenthal as interim president. Rosenthal was one of the College’s founders and its fifth employee, hired in 1966, and its first treasurer. He left the Hampshire administration in 1976 for a long career in law, business, and the nonprofit sector, ultimately retiring as president of the non-profit The Seeing Eye, the world’s premier guide-dog school for the blind. During his tenure there, the organization’s net assets increased by 70 percent.
He returned to Hampshire to serve as a trustee from 2008 to 2016 after his daughter graduated from the College. As a trustee, he served in numerous governance and committee capacities, including as one of the core members of the Presidential Search Committee that appointed Jonathan Lash. When Rosenthal retired as trustee in 2016, he established an endowment to fund faculty research. He continues to serve on numerous boards, including the Better Angels Society, a foundation that supports the films of Hampshire alum Ken Burns.
Rosenthal succeeded Hampshire's seventh president, Miriam E. Nelson, PhD.