January 15, 2019
Dear students, faculty and staff:
This morning, Hampshire College announced its intent to seek a long-term partner that would allow the college to achieve a sustainable financial future. Details of the announcement are available on the Hampshire website.
Smith College was notified of Hampshire’s intent last week. Since then, Smith has been working to understand the implications of Hampshire’s announcement. Our priority is to provide the best guidance and support to our community, especially those whose areas of work or study intersect with Hampshire College.
I understand that this announcement might raise questions for our community. We will provide updates as we learn more about Hampshire’s planning process going forward.
Since its inception, Hampshire College has been an important force for academic innovation. I hope that a new partnership can sustain that legacy.