Elliott ’66, L.H.D. ’08 Supports Faculty Innovation

Katherine D. Elliott

A gift of $200,000 from Hobart and William Smith Trustee Katherine D. Elliott ’66, L.H.D. ’08 will support a breadth of faculty proposals, from innovation within the curriculum to professional development. Beginning this year, the Katherine D. Elliott ’66 Faculty Innovation Grant will be disbursed evenly over two years to support innovations in undergraduate education at the Colleges.

“We are grateful to Katherine for her support of faculty and of innovation,” says Provost and Dean of Faculty DeWayne Lucas. “Continuing to create opportunities for faculty inside and outside the classroom is an investment that immeasurably impacts students and furthers the Colleges.”

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, Elliott has served as vice chair and has chaired the Governance Committee. She also has served on the committees for Technology, Enrollment Management, Education and Appointments, Investments, and Student Life. She currently serves as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.

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 late grandfather’s name, Lewis H. Elliott, from the Class of 1898 and the other an 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, Elliott earned a B.A. in economics.


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