News Times, the Norwalk, Conn. based news outlet, announced on Feb. 9 that Dr. Joyce P. Jacobsen has been tapped to become president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Jacobsen, who serves as the provost of Wesleyan University, will become the 29th president of Hobart College and the 18th president of William Smith College. She will be the first woman to serve in the role. A ceremony announcing her appointment was held in the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Feb. 8.
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GENEVA, N.Y. (AP) — Hobart and William Smith Colleges have named Wesleyan University provost Joyce Jacobsen as president.
The private upstate New York colleges, which operate under a single administration, announced the appointment on Friday. Jacobsen, an economist, will be the first woman to hold the position.
Jacobsen graduated from Harvard University and has advanced degrees from Stanford University and the London School of Economics. She was a full professor at Wesleyan before becoming the university’s dean of social sciences and director of global initiatives. She has been provost and vice president of academic affairs since 2015.
Jacobsen will succeed Interim President Patrick McGuire, who was appointed following the resignation of Gregory Vincent.