April 23, 2018

Dear Faculty and Staff of Hobart and William Smith Colleges,

As we approach the end of the semester, I want to thank you all for your dedication over the past academic year. Your hard work, insight and dependability have been critical to ensuring the institution meets its central obligations to educate our talented students.

After this past weekend’s meetings with the Board of Trustees, the Alumni and Alumnae Councils, the Parents Executive Council and other chief volunteers, I can affirm that the Colleges and our faculty, staff and students have the full support and encouragement of these leadership groups. They recognize, with gratitude and pride, the caliber of the teaching, scholarship and service here on campus and in the community that makes Hobart and William Smith the special place we know and love. I know that over the past year many of you have been engaged, individually and on committees, in programs and projects to develop new ideas to advance teaching and learning and the institution as a whole. Appropriately supporting and implementing these contributions remains a top priority.

For the better part of 50 years, it has been a privilege to be a member of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges community in no small part due to the intelligence, dedication, generosity and compassion of my colleagues. As a professor of economics, interim provost, and co-chair of the Culture of Respect initiative, I have been actively and enthusiastically involved in all aspects of these Colleges, and deeply admire and respect the work of our faculty, staff, students and graduates.

When the leadership of the Board of Trustees asked if I would once again assist a place that means so much to me, I agreed in the hope that I can work with all of you to move the Colleges forward. Our commitment to a robust learning environment, grounded in critical and interdisciplinary inquiry; our vital and interdependent relationship with the local community; our respect and value for a diversity of ideas, experiences, perspectives and people — these are the principles and priorities that unite and define Hobart and William Smith. In serving the immediate needs of the Colleges during the search for the next president, I pledge to do everything possible to uphold our longstanding goals and values.

I know that many of you have questions about the coming weeks and months. Although I am still working diligently to provide a comprehensive transition plan, we have scheduled two sessions for faculty and staff to gather. I will do my best to answer any questions you may have. Those sessions will happen in Albright Auditorium on Tuesday, April 24 at 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

As we turn toward this busy spring and summer season — with finals, Commencement, Reunion, summer classes, Orientation and preparations for fall all on the horizon — I ask for your help and guidance in fulfilling our mission to prepare our students for lives of consequence.

With respect and admiration for the Hobart and William Smith Colleges community,

Patrick A. McGuire
Interim President of Hobart and William Smith