Interim President Kenneth Rosenthal:
“I’ve been a part of Hampshire for five decades. I joined the College before it was built, before The Making of a College was published. I’ve been a Hampshire staff member, faculty member, administrator, parent of an alum, and a trustee from 2008-16.
Hampshire was always intended to be a college that would re-imagine itself. We were founded by our four partner colleges to be a vehicle for change in higher ed. We’ve made a difference in education, and it gives me hope that so many people recognize that and are paying attention now and want to support us.
It’ll take everyone’s cooperation and imagination to re-make Hampshire.”
Hampshire College is launching a major fundraising campaign, and already alums, faculty, staff, students, parents, and friends have come together like never before. Two alum-led organizations have joined with the college, and we're close to $4.7 million toward a goal of $20 million this year and $90-$100 million in five years. Alum Ken Burns has now agreed to serve as a campaign chair, and has shown his support with a significant pledge. We're grateful to all who have donated and organized so far, and encourage everyone to show their love and support for Hampshire by giving to our campaign today.
We are a broad coalition of Hampshire College faculty, staff, students, alums, and parents with a plan to keep Hampshire College independent, ensure its financial sustainability, and give renewed energy to its core mission.
The Re-Envisioning Plan
The Re-Envisioning Plan provides an alternative to the path laid out on January 15 by Hampshire College President Miriam Nelson, who announced the search for a “strategic partner” that could offer Hampshire financial security. In contrast, the Re-Envisioning Plan outlines a strategy for keeping Hampshire autonomous and financially sound.
The success of the Re-Envisioning Plan still depends on reaching our fundraising targets:
$5 million by April 20th
$20 million by October 20th
The Coalition encourages those who support the Plan to contribute either to the Hampshire College directly (preferably to the Urgent Support Fund for Students or the Hampshire Fund, which is unrestricted) or A Campaign for Hampshire.
The Hampshire Future fund, which raised over $750k, will transfer their pledges to Hampshire College.
Our three key strategies are
Hampshire will create a new Community Commons to attract and retain students through a more radically engaged and collaborative college community.
Hampshire will re-emerge as a leader in higher education through a flexible living curriculum responsive to 21st century problems and possibilities
Hampshire will achieve financial sustainability via new structures, cost cutting, and renewed fundraising efforts that draw from newly galvanized alums and a new curricular model
New Revenue Streams:
Alums, New Programs, and Land Use
- Leverage fundraising efforts with the new college plan
- Involve alums in instructional support and new initiatives
- Enlist alums in savvy recruitment of students
- Build alum-to-campus community connections
- Formalize alum engagement by coordinating volunteer network
- Pre-professional Summer Institutes and internships
- Selected MA programs and certificates
- Semester-long special programs for visiting students
- Develop mixed-income housing
- New agricultural, commercial, and non-profit development
- Sustainable “green living” community
"Re-Envisioning Hampshire College for the 21st Century” has been endorsed by three former presidents of Hampshire College (Charles Longsworth, Adele Simmons, and Gregory Prince) and by former Vice President Penina Glazer. The two state lawmakers representing Amherst, Senator Jo Comerford and Representative Mindy Domb, have also urged President Nelson to pause imminent faculty and staff layoffs while carefully considering the Re-Envisioning Plan.
In an open letter to the Daily Hampshire Gazette former trustees, alumni, and others expressed support for the Re-Envisioning coalition.
Twenty-four Hampshire College Emeriti have written a letter in support of the coalition's work.