Vassar President Announces Plan to Step Down

March 30, 2016

Catharine Hill announced Tuesday that she plans to step down next June as president of Vassar College. She will have served 11 years in the position. Hill has been a leading advocate for spending more money on low-income students. In 2007, early in her tenure, Hill led Vassar to a return to need-blind admissions, a commitment some wealthier colleges have not made. The policy -- and a range of other initiatives -- has paid off in diversifying Vassar's student body. Currently, nearly 25 percent of Vassar students are eligible for Pell Grants, up 11 percentage points since 2008. Vassar has also seen gains in the enrollments of minority students, first-generation students and veterans.

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