The Cook Parents Circle Celebrates 10th Anniversary – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

The Cook Parents Circle Celebrates 10th Anniversary

For the past decade, a dedicated group of Hobart and William Smith families have supported a host of HWS programs through generous gifts totaling more than $9 million.

Established in 2012 in honor of Lyn and Lang L.H.D. ’12 Cook P’99, P’05, The Cook Parents Circle recognizes non-alum families who make a long-lasting commitment to HWS by remaining engaged with the Colleges, often long after their children or grandchildren graduate. This fall, an anniversary celebration was held in October in New York City, attended by HWS President Joyce P. Jacobsen, Parents Circle families and HWS Trustees.

“Thanks to the founding leadership of Lyn and Lang, we celebrated 10 years of the Cook Parents Circle,” says Vice President for Advancement Bob O’Connor P’22, P’23. “This wonderful group gets stronger every year with new parents and family members—families who have made the Colleges a philanthropic priority.”

Growing steadily over the past decade, the group now consists of 171 families that have given $9.3 million in contributions. Most members were inspired to make gifts to the Colleges because of the positive, enduring impact that HWS and its faculty have had on their children and grandchildren. Their gifts support a range of programs, academic departments and initiatives, including scholarships, internships, summer science research, athletics, and more.

Non-alum families—parents and grandparents—who have made cumulative commitments to the Colleges of $25,000 or more are recognized as members of the Parents Circle. Those who have given $100,000 or more in cumulative commitments are inducted as Lifetime Members and receive permanent recognition on campus.

Lyn and Lang Cook continue to be active supporters of HWS and have served as leaders in numerous ways over the past 20 years, including Lang’s long tenure on the HWS Board of Trustees. Through their leadership, they encourage the support and engagement of other families.

“Today, we feel like adopted alums, and we hope that current and future generations of families will be inspired, as we have been, to make an investment in Hobart and William Smith,” says Lang Cook, an Honorary Trustee.

To learn more about how you can become a member of the Cook Parents Circle, please contact Jennifer Murray at

In the photo, Lang Cook P’99, P’05, L.H.D. ’12 speaks at the 10th anniversary Cook Parents Circle gathering.