L. Thomas Melly 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 Washington, DC-based Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) on April 28. He has served as a member of the AGB Board of Directors since 1998.
A 1952 graduate of Hobart, he is a retired partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co., a New York City financial management firm, and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Colleges in 2002.
“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.
“Tom Melly has been a major force in shaping AGB’s work over the years,” said AGB President Richard D. Legon. “In this time of increasing pressure on voluntary boards in higher education and throughout the not-for-profit sector, Tom’s advocacy on behalf of boards represents a positive voice for change, and his leadership will enable us to expand the association’s impact. Tom’s fellow board members and the staff look forward to working with him in this exciting period in the association’s history.”
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, Melly 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.
Melly is a former chairman of Family Centers Inc. in Greenwich and a trustee of Outward Bound. He is the father of four and the grandfather of four.
He has been a member of the trustees’ Financial Affairs, Audit, Institutional Advancement Chair, Investments, and Trustees committees, and the board’s Executive Committee.
The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges is a national non-profit education association whose mission is to strengthen governing boards of public and independent institutions and to advance the practice of citizen, volunteer trusteeship in higher education. AGB serves 1,200 member boards and more than 34,000 trustees, presidents, and senior-level campus administrators. Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been AGB members since 1979.