John Hill of Bronxville, N.Y., has been elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of Sarah Lawrence College, it was announced today. Hill succeeds Robert Riggs, also of Bronxville, who has chaired the Board for the last four years.
Hill, founder and vice-chairman of First Reserve Corporation, a private equity buyout firm, has been a member of the Board for the past six years, chairing the investment committee and participating in the executive and finance committees.
Looking ahead to his new role on the board, Hill believes Sarah Lawrence has a strong foundation of both pedagogy and financial resources upon which to build. He cites a fundraising campaign now in the planning stages as one of his major priorities: “We have to make every effort to ensure access to Sarah Lawrence for all aspiring students, regardless of their economic circumstances—by keeping tuition increases down, adding more scholarships, and increasing grants and aid.”
College President Karen R. Lawrence said of Hill’s election as Chair: “John has been a valued and valuable advisor on the Board of Trustees and I am delighted that we will work more closely together.”
Hill and his wife Marilynn, who has been active with the Friends of the Sarah Lawrence Library and has served as President of the organization, have ties to the College that date back to their initial decision to move to Bronxville 32 years ago. “We were delighted to move to a place that was home to a school of Sarah Lawrence’s caliber,” Hill says. “It was a great plus in our decision to move to Bronxville.”
Founded in 1926, Sarah Lawrence is a coeducational liberal arts college with a distinctive system of education. At its core are small classes, regular one-on-one student-faculty conferences, cross-disciplinary approaches, and the integration of the creative arts within the curriculum. It is known for having one of the lowest student/faculty ratios in the country, 9:1.