Thomas S. Bozzuto '68, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Thomas S. Bozzuto '68, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Bozzuto is Chair and Chief Executive Officer of The Bozzuto Group, one of the nation's most prominent real estate services companies. As CEO, Bozzuto directed the development, construction and management of income-producing and for-sale housing in metropolitan areas along the East Coast.

A member of the HWS Board of Trustees since 1999, Bozzuto was elected Chair of the Board in 2016. He previously served on the Executive, Finance and Buildings & Grounds committees and as chair of the Enrollment Management committee.

Bozzuto was a lead donor in the construction of the Colleges' boathouse, named in honor of his father, Charles Bozzuto. He also took a major role in supporting Campaign for the Colleges including the creation of Gearan Center for the Performing Arts where two spaces are named in honor of his philanthropy — the Thomas S. '68 and Barbara M. Bozzuto Balcony and Lobby and the Barbara M. Bozzuto Music Studio. To commemorate their 40th wedding anniversary, his wife, Barbara, established the Thomas S. Bozzuto '68 Endowed Scholarship Fund.

At Hobart, Bozzuto majored in English, was elected a Druid (Hobart's senior honor society) and was president of the student body. He served as a combat correspondent for the 25th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Vietnam, later earning a master's degree in metropolitan studies from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Presidential Search Committee Co-chairs

Katherine D. Elliott '66, L.H.D. '08, HWS Trustee

Katherine D. Elliott '66, L.H.D. '08, HWS Trustee

Elliott is the retired Chief Operating Officer for Petner Asset Management, LLC, a hedge fund where she specialized in investment management operations. She was previously a senior vice president and chief operating officer with the New York investment firm Lynch & Mayer Inc.

A member of the Board of Trustees for two decades, Elliot has served as Vice Chair of the Board and has chaired the Governance Committee. She also has served on the committees for academic affairs, technology, enrollment management, education and appointments, investments, and student life.

In 2005, Elliott made the lead gift to finance the Katherine D. Elliott '66 Studio Arts Center. At the time, it was the largest donation to the Colleges by a William Smith alumna. She has funded two Scandling Trust gifts — one adding to an existing scholarship in her grandfather's name, Lewis H. Elliott, from the Class of 1898; and the other a newly established endowed internship fund in her father's name, the late William Elliott.

For her lifetime of accomplishments and dedication to HWS, Elliott was awarded an honorary degree in 2008. In 2016, she received the Elizabeth Herendeen Odell Award, the Alumnae Association's highest honor for service. At William Smith, Elliot earned a B.A. in economics.


Thomas B. Poole '61, P'91, L.H.D. '06, HWS Trustee

Thomas B. Poole '61, P'91, L.H.D. '06, HWS Trustee

Poole is Chair of The Hallen Construction Co., Inc., a major distribution contractor serving the New York Metro area. Joining the company in 1964, he previously served as president and CEO beginning in 1977. He also served in the U.S. Navy.

Poole has been a member of the Board of Trustees for 27 years, serving on the executive committee, financial affairs committee and as chair of the buildings and grounds committee. Poole also chaired the search committee that led to the successful hiring of current President Mark D. Gearan.

Past president and lifetime member of the Statesmen Athletic Association, Poole played a key role in the development of funding for the Robert A. Bristol Field House, the AstroTurf Stadium, the Napier Leadership Seminar, the John Topichak Memorial Team Room, and the Bob Ford Basketball Team Room. The Tom Poole '61 Soccer Team Room is the off-field home of Hobart soccer.

For his dedication to HWS, Poole recieved an honorary degree in 2006. He is a recipient of a Hobart Alumni Association citation and Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Service, and is an inductee of the Hobart Athletics Hall of Fame. At HWS, Poole earned a B.A. in economics.

Members of the HWS Presidential Search Committee

Linda Arrington '88

Linda Arrington '88, Trustee

Carolyn Carr McGuire '78

Carolyn Carr McGuire '78, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees

Chip R. Carver, Jr. '81

Chip R. Carver, Jr. '81, Trustee

Christine de Denus

Christine de Denus, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Thomas Drennen

Thomas Drennen, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, Chair of the Committee on Faculty

Emily Fisher

Emily Fisher, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Robb Flowers

Robb Flowers, Vice President for Student Affairs

Amy Forbes

Amy Forbes, Associate Director of the Centennial Center for Leadership

Tyler G. Fuller '18

Tyler G. Fuller '18, Student Trustee

Brianna Moore '18

Brianna Moore '18, Student Trustee

Bob O'Connor

Bob O'Connor, Vice President for Advancement

Kristen E. Welsh

Kristen E. Welsh, Associate Professor of Russian Studies

About Witt/Kieffer

Hobart and William Smith Colleges have retained the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer for the HWS Presidential Search. The Chicago-based firm has more than 45 years recruiting leaders, including for the academic leadership search process for colleges and universities.

Lucy Apthorp Leske, a senior partner specializing in education, is managing the HWS presidential search consultation. More information about Witt/Kieffer is available on the firm's website.


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