I spent four of the greatest years of my life at Vassar. I met countless friends, many of whom remain my closest friends today. I partied. I learned. And I even met she who would be my wife. Not too shabby for four years.
Frances Fergusson was President of Vassar for 20 years, including the four I was there, and announced about a year ago that she would step down at the end of this academic year. Here’s a photo of me and the rest of the 1999 Senior Class Council, including Phil, chillin’ with Fran at her pad:
It was announced yesterday via an email to alums that the Board of Trustees of Vassar College has named its 10th President, Catharine Bond (Cappy) Hill. The news was big enough to make a New York Times Metro briefing:
POUGHKEEPSIE: VASSAR TO NAME NEW PRESIDENT Catharine B. Hill, an economics professor and provost at Williams College, is expected to be named today as president of Vassar College. She would take office on July 1, succeeding Frances D. Fergusson, who has been president since 1986. Dr. Hill, 51, who is known as Cappy, received her bachelor’s degree at Williams, studied at Oxford, and earned her doctorate at Yale, and has worked extensively in development economics and the economics of higher education. She became provost at Williams in 1999. Her previous posts include the World Bank, the Congressional Budget Office and the Ministry of Finance in Zambia.KAREN W. ARENSON (NYT)
Congratulations, Vassar! And welcome aboard, President Cappy. I’m excited to see you do good things for my alma mater.