Dear members of the Mount Holyoke College community,
The Board of Trustees met on campus from February 23 through February 25, commencing with a reception with student leaders on Thursday evening. The Trustees also honored members of the College and Alumnae Association Commission, including members of the current working groups, and welcomed Elizabeth Conlisk, interim chief of Communications and Marketing; Tiffany Espinosa, executive director of Professional and Graduate Education (PaGE); Tricia Paik, Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; and Polly Prewitt-Freilino, director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.
As is customary at its winter meeting, the Board set the fees for 2017 – 2018. The comprehensive fee will be $61,800, which includes $47,740 for tuition, $6,860 for housing and $7,200 for meals. Additional information for students and families has been provided.
In formal actions on Saturday morning, the Board was pleased to approve recommendations for tenure to Alexi Arango (physics), Mara Benjamin (fall 2017, Jewish studies), Jessica Maier (art history), Andrew G. Reiter (politics and international relations), Steven Schmeiser (economics) and Dylan Shepardson (mathematics and statistics). It approved recommendations for reappointment for Kimberly Juanita Brown (English and Africana studies), Jennifer Wallace Jacoby (psychology and education), Kerstin Nordstrom (physics) and Heather Pon-Barry (computer science). The Board also approved recommendations for full retirement for James Coleman and Terese Freedman (dance), Elissa Gelfand (French), Linda Laderach (music) and Joseph Smith (art history) and a recommendation for phased retirement for Janice A. Gifford (mathematics and statistics).
Other highlights of the meeting include:
In other meetings and in the regular business of standing committees, the Board discussed a range of issues, including:
The Board gratefully acknowledges the tremendous commitment of faculty, staff, students and alumnae and extends special thanks to the many members of the Mount Holyoke community who contributed to a highly productive meeting.
Barbara Baumann ’77
Chair of the Board of Trustees