L. Thomas Melly '52 LHD '02 of Sarasota, Fla., a member of the HWS board of trustees for more than 20 years and chairman from 1988 to 1998, will become chair of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges in April.
He is a retired partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co., a New York City financial management firm.
“The Association of Governing Boards is fortunate to have Tom Melly’s leadership skills as board chair. His commitment to higher education is unfailing and his keen mind and extraordinary experience will be a great resource for the association,” said HWS President Mark D. Gearan.
HWS Board Chairman Charles H. Salisbury Jr., praised the leadership of his predecessor, whom he said “continues to play a very active and important role as a member of our board. Tom’s counsel is sought and offered in a wide variety of avenues.
“Tom is one of the tri-chairs of the current capital campaign – the last one, under his leadership, exceeded the goal by more than $15 million. He is totally dedicated to Hobart and William Smith Colleges and higher education in general. His election is a terrific reflection of the value and importance of the governing process for higher education,” Salisbury said.
The L. Thomas Melly Academic Center at the Warren Hunting Smith Library, named in honor of his lead gift and dedicated in 1998, offers enhanced computer and multimedia resources, a 24-hour study area, and classrooms with computer-based instruction and real-time sharing of resources with other colleges and universities.
In May 2004, he pledged a gift of $7.5 million to the Colleges: $2.5 million to be given within five years, and the balance as a bequest.
He and classmate and fellow Trustee Henry Rosenberg took the lead in securing naming privileges for a classroom in the Colleges’ Stern Hall academic building in honor of the Classes of 1952. When he stepped down as chair, the trustees established a scholarship to the Colleges in his honor.
The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, based in Washington, D.C., serves 34,500 college trustees, regents, presidents, chancellors and other senior administrators of 1,800 public and private colleges and universities.