The Canandaigua, N.Y. based news outlet, The Daily Messenger, published an announcement on the presidential appointment of Dr. Joyce P. Jacobsen on Feb. 9. The piece, “New President Named at Hobart and William Smith Colleges,” shares welcoming messages from members of the Hobart and William Smith and Geneva community. Having received a unanimous recommendation from the the presidential search committee and the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees, Jacobsen will start on July 1.
The full text of the article can be found below:
Dr. Joyce P. Jacobsen will be the first woman to serve as Hobart and William Smith Colleges president
GENEVA — Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Board of Trustees has “unanimously and enthusiastically” elected Dr. Joyce P. Jacobsen as the 29th president of Hobart College and the 18th president of William Smith College, according to a release from the colleges.
Jacobsen, who will be the first woman to serve as president at Hobart and William Smith, currently serves as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wesleyan University. She will begin serving as HWS president on July 1.
“President Jacobsen is a prominent scholar and an esteemed educator with a deep understanding of the interdisciplinary inquiry so vital to our mission here at Hobart and William Smith,” said Thomas S. Bozzuto, Board of Trustees chair. “In her work with students and colleagues in the academy, and with preeminent national and international organizations, she has distinguished herself as a remarkable leader with the experience, values and vision to pilot the Colleges to new heights.”
An expert on labor economics, particularly the economics of gender, Jacobsen is the author of scores of journal articles, book chapters and book reviews exploring sex segregation, migration and the effects of labor force intermittency on women’s earnings, as well as the economics of wine and other collectibles. At Wesleyan, she oversees the entire academic enterprise, including athletics, institutional research, and community partnerships. She has been a thoughtful contributor to student affairs and equity and inclusion, the HWS release notes, while also helping to create fundraising and stewardship plans and collaborating on admissions and enrollment strategies. Jacobsen is involved in planning the university’s budget, including supervision of a considerable annual portfolio.
“Joyce Jacobsen has made myriad contributions to Wesleyan University as a teacher, scholar, colleague, faculty leader and, for the last several years, as Provost,” said Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth. “Our university has benefitted immeasurably from her many years of innovative thinking and caring practice, and I have every confidence that she will bring these qualities to her new position as president of Hobart and William Smith. We will miss her.”
Jacobsen earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University and M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with her A.B. in economics as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She began her academic career in 1988 as an assistant professor at Rhodes College before moving to Wesleyan University in 1993. She earned full professor at Wesleyan in 2000, and was awarded an endowed chair as Andrews Professor of Economics in 2003. She was the recipient of the university’s prestigious Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2007. She began her work as an administrator in 2013 when she was appointed Dean of Social Sciences and Director of Global Initiatives at Wesleyan, and then Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2015.
Jacobsen will succeed Interim President Patrick A. McGuire, who was appointed following the resignation of President Gregory J. Vincent. She received the unanimous recommendation of the presidential search committee.
Jacobson is married — to Bill Boyd, Visiting Scholar in the Quantitative Analysis Center at Wesleyan — and has two grown children and two grown stepchildren.
“I am struck by the scope of Hobart and William Smith’s impact in Geneva and around the globe, and am looking forward to working with a community so clearly invested in questions, ideas and actions that make the world a better, brighter place,” said Jacobsen. “The Colleges have deservedly earned a reputation for trailblazing academic programs led by a talented faculty and staff; a remarkably engaged pool of alumni and alumnae; and students of deep curiosity and creativity. I couldn’t be more excited to join this vibrant community.”