Ralph Hexter to step down from Hampshire College presidency
August 3, 2010
President Ralph Hexter informed the Hampshire College Board of Trustees on August 2 that it is the right point in his career to plan a transition out of the office of Hampshire College president. Hexter, the fifth president of Hampshire College, came to Amherst from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was professor and dean. President Hexter remains active as a scholar of classics and comparative literature.
“My time at Hampshire has been filled with deeply meaningful work alongside dedicated and creative colleagues,” President Hexter said. “I take great pride in the innovations and accomplishments of Hampshire, its faculty, students, staff, and alumni.”
Sigmund Roos, chair of the Hampshire College Board of Trustees said: “Ralph has had a tremendous influence on Hampshire. He concluded a capital campaign, completed funding for a major building project with an addition of a new wing to the Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video and promoted sustainability efforts on campus. The Liebling Center addition received LEED gold certification for ‘green’ buildings. Under his leadership Hampshire established a program that provides a new model for world language learning. Numerous prestigious grants have been awarded to Hampshire to support the College’s distinctive programs and initiatives. And, he has worked tirelessly on behalf of diversity both on campus and across higher education.”