In my tenure here as President, I've often walked across campus with alumni and alumnae who are returning to HWS for the first time in years. I invariably hear two things: that the campus is just as they remember and that it has changed dramatically. I usually hear both of these comments from the same person.
And it's true-the college campus has retained it's original, graceful beauty, and has even become more beautiful through additional buildings and landscaping. My office is in Coxe Hall, one of the oldest building on campus, but if I gaze through my windows across the quad, I can see Rosenberg Hall, a new facility that seamlessly blends with the architecture around it. This is just one example. There are dozens of others.
This marriage of old and new isn't luck. It's the result of hard work on the part of our predecessors to plan the future of this campus. In the back of the 1950 Hobart College Yearbook is a drawing of our campus, existing buildings in grey and proposed buildings in purple (see drawing at right). It's interesting to note that in the ensuing 50 years, nearly every one of those purple buildings has been erected, either exactly where originally intended or in some nearby spot.
With a new century ahead of us and the HWS 2005 initiative in high gear, it's now time to provide future generations with an updated blueprint for campus evolution.
The Colleges have again undertaken a master planning process that will define facilities needs, pedestrian and vehicular movement, parking, aesthetics, and functionality. We've hired the planning firm Ayers/Saint/Gross to help us align our efforts with the Colleges' mission. The firm has been to campus numerous times in the past year, meeting with students, faculty, staff, and trustees. By the fall semester, we will have a thorough, manageable campus master plan that looks 25 to 50 years into the future.
Long after we have served our time as stewards of the Colleges, the work we've put into our campus will act as a message to our successors that we believe in them. Our master plan will prioritize capital investments and ensure that this campus remains as an embodiment of our collective investment in the future.
Mark D. Gearan
Campus Master Planning
Spring 2001 Pulteney St. Survey