Hampshire Board Chair Quits

April 2, 2019

The chair of the Hampshire College board resigned from the position, effective immediately, on Monday. The board has been under intense criticism since announcing that the college will not admit a full first-year class for the fall, and is exploring a range of options that could significantly change the college.

Gaye Hill, the outgoing chair, issued a statement that said she thought her departure might improve the tenor of discussions.

"Since we set out on a most difficult path to secure Hampshire’s future, we’ve encountered a range of emotions and reactions. I’ve heard bewilderment, fear and disagreement from some quarters, and from others, support and understanding for our having taken decisive action at a most critical time. These were expected," she wrote. "What I didn’t expect was the vitriol, slanderous attacks and the questioning of motives that have been leveled at not only me but at colleagues who have been working months on end with one goal in mind: to bring Hampshire through the worst financial crisis in its history. I’ve become a lightning rod for criticism and felt it was time to step away."

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