Maureen Collins Zupan ’72, P’09, who has served on the Hobart and William Smith Board of Trustees for 22 years, the last four as board chair, will deliver the year-end address at Baccalaureate, a signature event of Commencement weekend activities.
Elected in 2012 as the first William Smith alumna to hold the position of board chair, Zupan “has provided instrumental leadership in the success of the Colleges and in setting the course of their future,” says President Mark D. Gearan. “The Colleges are immensely grateful for Maureen’s dedication and for her comprehensive approach to ensuring Hobart and William Smith thrive fiscally, culturally, intellectually and civically. I look forward to her Baccalaureate address.”
Offering a chance for peaceful reflection through readings, addresses, prayers and music, the 2016 Baccalaureate ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 2:30 p.m. in Trinity Church, 520 South Main Street.
A tradition dating to 18th-century England, the Baccalaureate ceremony has been a campus celebration for more than 180 years. In addition to Zupan’s address, which is titled “Lessons,” the service will include readings by members of the Classes of 2016 and readings by the Hobart and William Smith deans and Provost.
In honor of her important service to the HWS community, Zupan will receive an honorary degree during Commencement 2016. Named to the board in 1994, she has served on a number of its committees and as one of the tri-chairs of Campaign for the Colleges, the largest and most successful campaign in HWS history, raising more than $200 million to support the endowment and capital projects. Her leadership on the Centennial Steering and Fund Committees helped ensure the success of the celebration of William Smith College’s Centennial. In 2008, she was presented with the President’s Medal by Gearan in recognition of her deep and multifaceted contributions to her alma mater.
In 1992, Zupan founded the Collins Family Scholarship with her sisters and their father, John F. Collins P’72, P’74, P’84, P’90, GP’09, GP’12. That scholarship has helped deserving students attain a Hobart and William Smith education.
Zupan recently retired after nearly 44 years of experience in the financial services industry. She co-founded the Madison Financial Planning Group, having worked previously for Mutual of New York, where she rose to vice president. She is a fellow of the Life Management Institute, completing the exam series “with distinction” and holds the Chartered Life Underwriter designation. She is an emeritus trustee of the Upstate University Foundation and a former trustee of the Foundation Board for SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.