Stamford Advocate, the Stamford, Conn. news outlet, announced on Feb. 12 that Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wesleyan University Dr. Joyce P. Jacobsen was named president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.
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Hobart and William Smith Colleges taps Wesleyan provost for president
By: Press Staff
GENEVA, New York — The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees unanimously elected Joyce P. Jacobsen as the 29th president of Hobart College and the 18th of William Smith College.
Now Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wesleyan University, Jacobsen is a renowned scholar of economics, an award-winning teacher and experienced administrator, according to a press release.
With degrees from Harvard, The London School of Economics and Stanford University, and more than three decades of experience taking on increasingly complex roles in higher education, Jacobsen is the first woman to serve as president.
“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,” Chair of the Board of Trustees Thomas S. Bozzuto said in a prepared statement.
“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,” Bozzuto added.
“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,” Jacobsen said in the release.
“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,” she added.
Described by her colleagues as an authentic scholar and a person of deep character, Jacobsen has broad responsibility at Wesleyan, where she oversees the entire academic enterprise, including athletics, institutional research, and community partnerships, according to the release.
“At Wesleyan, she has been a thoughtful contributor to student affairs and equity and inclusion, while also helping to create fundraising and stewardship plans and collaborating on admissions and enrollment strategies. With a deep understanding of the complexities of higher education infrastructure and finances, Jacobsen is involved in planning the University’s budget, including supervision of a considerable annual portfolio,” according to the release.
“Joyce Jacobsen has made myriad contributions to Wesleyan University as a teacher, scholar, colleague, faculty leader and, for the last several years, as Provost,” Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth said in the statement. “Our university has benefited 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,” he added.
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.
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.
Jacobsen is married to Bill Boyd, visiting scholar in the Quantitative Analysis Center at Wesleyan.