President

President Joyce P. Jacobsen

Thomas S. Bozzuto '68, Chair of the Board of Trustees

“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. 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.”

Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68, L.H.D. ’18
Chair of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees


Cynthia Gelsthorpe Fish '82, HWS Trustee

“What the search committee recognized in Joyce Jacobsen was a profound passion for liberal arts education, a commitment to cultivating rigorous scholarship with consequential impacts, and a deep understanding of the necessity for diverse, inclusive learning environments. President Jacobsen's impressive career as a scholar, educator and administrator is distinguished by a sense of leadership, engagement and pragmatism that will support the Colleges' mission and help our community thrive.”

Cynthia Gelsthorpe Fish ’82
Vice Chair of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees
Co-Chair of the Presidential Search Committee


Andrew G. McMaster, Jr. '74, P'09, HWS Trustee

"I could not be more excited that Joyce Jacobsen has accepted our offer to become the 29th President of Hobart College and the 18th President of William Smith College. Joyce's entire professional career has been dedicated to higher education, taking on increasingly significant leadership roles, most recently as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic affairs at Wesleyan University. Joyce's understanding of and experience addressing the opportunities and challenges facing liberal arts institutions today is unparalleled. She is uniquely qualified to lead Hobart and William Smith Colleges to even greater levels of achievement. I look forward to working with Joyce in the years to come."

Andrew G. McMaster, Jr. ’74, P’09
Vice Chair of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees
Co-Chair of the Presidential Search Committee


Michael S. Roth

“Joyce Jacobsen has made myriad contributions to Wesleyan University as a teacher, scholar, colleague, faculty leader and, for the last several years, as Provost. 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.”

Michael S. Roth
President, Wesleyan University


Donna Morea

“Joyce Jacobsen is the total package – an authentic scholar revered by her faculty colleagues, a popular teacher, and a fantastic administrative leader. A person of deep character, she is someone you want to work with and someone you trust. She has been a visionary leader at Wesleyan, helping to direct the University’s efforts in fundraising, enrollment, student affairs and academics. I am grateful for all she has done for Wesleyan and look forward to seeing what she accomplishes at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.”

Donna Morea
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Wesleyan University


Katherine Bergeron

“When I met Joyce Jacobsen for the first time, I was immediately impressed by her leadership. She is savvy. She is smart. She is candid. And she is kind. With her wide-ranging intelligence, her good judgement, her openness, and her perspective, she will be a wonderful president. I am so happy that Hobart and William Smith found her.”

Katherine Bergeron
President, Connecticut College


Heidi Hartmann

“Joyce Jacobsen is a superb choice to lead Hobart and William Smith Colleges. An educational leader with a strong commitment to the importance of the liberal arts and the role diversity and inclusion play in expanding knowledge, President Jacobsen is poised to lead the Colleges toward greater opportunity in a challenging era for higher education. She also brings to bear a strong background in economics and uses a broad lens to analyze policy issues confronting the nation. Her voice will be heard and so will the Colleges.’”

Heidi Hartmann
President of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Distinguished Economist In-Residence for Gender and Economic Analysis at American University
Editor, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy


Cecilia A. Conrad

“Joyce is an impactful leader who combines an economist’s analytical thinking with a dedication to engaging diverse voices in reimagining and reinvigorating the meaning of a liberal arts education.”

Cecilia A. Conrad
Managing Director, MacArthur Foundation


Eugene M. Tobin

“Joyce Jacobsen’s appointment represents an auspicious and important new chapter in Hobart and William Smith’s proud and distinguished history. A nationally recognized labor economist, experienced academic leader, and eloquent advocate for teaching, scholarship and community engagement, Joyce will bring intellectual vision, energy, creativity and a generosity of spirit to Geneva and the Finger Lakes region. Her commitment to interdisciplinary learning, environmental sustainability and global citizenship are closely aligned with the Colleges’ mission and her collaborative instincts hold the promise for a productive and successful presidency.”

Eugene M. Tobin
Senior Program Officer, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


Justin Rose

“Throughout the entire search process, the search committee heard consistently from the faculty that they wanted a strong, academic leader who would raise the profile of our institution. Furthermore, they stressed the need for the committee to find a leader who listens deeply, values diversity and inclusion, and one that would work tirelessly to foster an environment of collaboration between all of HWS’ stakeholders. In Joyce, we have found the rare leader who checks all of those boxes.”

Justin Rose
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Member of the Presidential Search Committee


Donald Spector

“When I first encountered Joyce Jacobsen, I wrote the following notes: "deep understanding of liberal arts colleges, sharply analytical, confident yet flexible." As I've come to know her, not only would I dial those initial assessments up to 11, but I'd add to them warm, funny, and unflappable. I am thoroughly excited by where Joyce's leadership will take HWS, and can't wait for the opportunity to work with her.”

Donald Spector
Professor of Physics, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Member of the Presidential Search Committee


Deb Steward

“I am thrilled to be a part of this historic moment in the Colleges’ history and excited for the future of HWS under President Jacobsen’s leadership. Her values, leadership style and experience make her a perfect fit for us. In addition, with direct oversight of Wesleyan athletics, Dr. Jacobsen has an understanding of the value of athletics and the student experience outside of the classroom. I look forward to supporting her vision and introducing her to our coaches, student-athletes and community.”

Deb Steward
Director of Athletics at William Smith College
Member of the Presidential Search Committee


Cynthia Williams

“A renowned scholar, celebrated teacher, and highly effective administrator, Joyce Jacobsen brings an impressive array of talents and accomplishments to her role as President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She is a passionate advocate for the power of liberal arts education and its possibilities in the 21st century, she has a keen understanding of institutional structures and their complexity, and she has demonstrated a leadership style that values collaboration, clarity, and respect for all constituents. In her materials and interviews with the search committee, I was impressed with what I see as a rare combination of qualities: she is pragmatic and data-driven, believes in teaching as an act from the heart, and has a deep understanding of the intersectionality of issues that face not only Hobart and William Smith Colleges, but all liberal arts institutions. I am thrilled that Joyce Jacobsen has agreed to serve as our next President, and believe that her appointment moves us forward into a brilliant future.”

Cynthia Williams
Professor of Dance, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Member of the Presidential Search Committee


Edens Fleurizard ’20

“We are excited to welcome Joyce Jacobsen to the HWS community. Professor Jacobsen has the experience and the ability to make a positive impact on students, faculty and staff. In our extensive interviews and referencing, we have found her to be thoughtful and precise, interested in the opportunities and challenges facing The Colleges, an expert capable of re-envisioning the value of the liberal arts, and ready to take on the HWS presidency. Her tenure as the president for the International Association for Feminist Economics will be a valuable experience in expanding the reach and prominence of our institutions, and one that will help guide discussion as we move forward with examining, critiquing and finding new relevance in our coordinate structure. We welcome Professor Jacobsen to the Colleges with all the excitement of a promising future.”

Edens Fleurizard ’20
Hobart College Student Trustee
Member of the Presidential Search Committee


Caitlin E. Lasher ’19

“Dr. Joyce Jacobsen has an unparalleled commitment to the liberal arts, a keen eye for detail, and an obvious commitment to all students, faculty and staff with whom she has worked. I have no doubt that she will guide the Colleges towards success as our new President.”

Caitlin E. Lasher ’19
William Smith College Student Trustee
Member of the Presidential Search Committee


Contact Information

President Joyce P. Jacobsen
300 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
president@hws.edu
315-781-3309

General:
Val Vistocco
Executive Assistant
E-Mail: vistocco@hws.edu
Phone: (315) 781-3309

Media:
Catherine Williams
Vice President for Marketing and Communications
E-Mail: cwilliams@hws.edu
Office: (315) 781-3696
Cell: (315)-759-3584

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