July 30, 1999 Geneva, NY — Richard H. Hersh, who served as president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges from 1991 until July of this year, has been named director of the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation in New York City. As director, he will oversee the grant-making activities of the foundation, which annually awards $8-10 million to educational projects.
The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, founded in 1952, contributes primarily to educational projects undertaken by private baccalaureate-granting institutions of higher learning. The foundation also makes a smaller number of awards to organizations in the visual and performing arts to support educational outreach programs and other special projects. Over the past eight years, the foundation has granted approximately $2 million to Hobart and William Smith Colleges for faculty- and curriculum-development activities.
Hersh, a native of New York City and graduate of Syracuse University (B.A., M.S.) and Boston University (Ed. D.), was vice-president for research at the University of Oregon, vice- president for academic affairs at the University of New Hampshire, and vice-president for academic affairs and provost at Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa), before assuming the Hobart and William Smith presidency. While at HWS, he led the most successful fund-raising campaign in the history of the Colleges — a campaign which, in addition to the completion of several capital projects, tripled the Colleges' endowment.
Hersh assumed his new position on July 15, 1999.
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