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MIDWEST REGION PROFILE

Steve Cohen ’67

Midwest Trustee

Founder and Principal, Strategic Leadership Collaborative

Eden Prairie, Minn.

Hobart Basketball Team
Independent Council Vice President (First Year)
President, Intra-Fraternity Council
Treasurer, Kappa Sigma
Chimera Honor Society
Druid Society

Major: Psychology

Why did you choose Hobart and William Smith Colleges? I knew three guys one year ahead of me in high school that went and loved it. I then took a visit and fell in love with the campus and size. It just seemed like a great fit for me.

How do you stay connected to the Colleges? I was on the Alumni Council for over 10 years in many capacities ending with President and have been of the Board of Trustees for 8 years. I am a “patron” of the Centennial Center for Leadership and get involved with its student leadership program offering a research stipend and speaking at its Leadership Institute.

What makes the Colleges special? So many things it is hard to isolate just one. But, what emerges for me most is the “family” atmosphere that comes across in a very collaborative environment where the student’s achievement and well-being are the primary concerns of faculty and staff. Of course, the quality of the liberal arts education and availability of so many special interest activities for students has to be second to none with our peer comparison schools. Lastly, I must add that President Gearan is a very special person and I think has made the Colleges special as well.

Why do you give back to HWS? I always have believed in giving back not just because I took so very much from HWS while a young person, but more importantly to provide support for others to learn, thrive and grow from the experience I had at the Colleges.

What are your goals as a Regional Network volunteer? As a Trustee, I would like to be available to the Region to articulate the strategy of the Colleges not just over the next few years but longer term. In doing such, I would hope to build stronger support for HWS, both financially and through participation of our alumni and alumnae in the Region.

What advice would you give to an incoming or current HWS student? Take full advantage of all that you can, from both an academic and extra-curricular perspective, and experience the full wonder that the Colleges can bring to you. You will never fully understand its impact on you until many years later when the seeds you sowed as a young person begin to bear the fruit of success and happiness, the foundation of which will, in large part, be attributed to your four years at HWS.