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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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Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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