During the fall meeting of the HWS Board of Trustees, the William Smith College Alumnae Association will present Cynthia Gelsthorpe Fish ’82 with the Centennial Bowl in recognition of her distinguished service to and support of the Colleges.
Fish has served as a Trustee since 2006, currently as vice chair. Her lead gift during the William Smith Centennial celebration in 2008 established the Centennial Center, home to the Colleges’ flagship programs in leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation.
“Cyndy’s own leadership is a vital part of the groundbreaking work our students, staff and faculty are undertaking at the Centennial Center,” says Amy Forbes, director of the Centennial Center. “Her vision and support have helped develop, sustain and expand unique learning opportunities on campus that support and enrich the Colleges’ historic strengths as a liberal arts institution.”
Fish is a philanthropist and volunteer with a lifelong commitment to the care of others. She targets her efforts and support on several key areas: research on the treatment and care of families and patients challenged by Alzheimer’s disease; higher education; and the environment.
In addition to her role as Vice Chair of the HWS Board of Trustees, Fish serves as co-chair of the HWS Presidential Search Committee. She is on the president’s advisory board at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and previously sat on the board of the Boston Children’s Museum and Hebrew Senior Life.
Fish received her master’s in teaching, with a focus on early childhood education, from Tufts University. She and her husband, John Fish, president and CEO of Suffolk Construction, have three daughters.