Tom Bozzuto ’68


by Andrew Wickenden ’09

“Every enterprise needs to define what it provides that uniquely differentiates it from everybody else, and then concentrate on doing that,” says Tom Bozzuto ’68, the incoming chair of the Hobart and William Smith Board of Trustees. “At HWS, part of what we are known for is the kind of oneon- one mentorships that develop between faculty and students, which, when combined with our strong career services office and guaranteed internship program, our focus on global education and our emphasis on service learning, really define who the Colleges are.”

At its spring meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to elevate Bozzuto from his most recent position as vice chair. Effective July 1, he stepped into the role of chair as a 16-year board member, having served on the Executive, Finance and Buildings & Grounds committees and as chair of the Enrollment Management committee.

“The Colleges have benefitted greatly from Tom’s experience and foresight,” says President Mark D. Gearan. “He enters this position at a moment of great strength for Hobart and William Smith and for the Board of Trustees. I look forward to his leadership as we begin work on a new strategic plan for the Colleges.”

During his more than 40-year career in real estate, Bozzuto was responsible for the creation of more than 50,000 homes and co-founded The Bozzuto Group, one of the most prominent real estate services companies in the country. As CEO, Bozzuto directed the development, construction and management of income-producing and for-sale housing in metropolitan areas along the East Coast. He has a long history of volunteering with nonprofits in the Baltimore area, including serving as chair of the board of the Maryland Science Center, which doubled in size and substantially increased its endowment during Bozzuto’s tenure.

As incoming HWS Board chair, Bozzuto succeeds Maureen Collins Zupan ’72, P’09, L.H.D. ’16, the first William Smith alumna to chair the board. He explains that thanks to the work of his predecessors, the Colleges are positioned strongly “to confront the challenges facing American higher education, especially private higher education.”

“During Maureen’s term as chair, we looked deeply and thoroughly at our strategic planning – the Campus Master Plan, the Curriculum Review, the Middle States Report and the Culture of Respect report – the building blocks from which the Colleges’ strategic plan will go forth,” Bozzuto explains. “If those steps hadn’t taken place, we’d be looking at a much longer planning process. It’s my expectation that the strategic plan will be completed this year.”

Bozzuto says that between the experience of vice chairs Carolyn Carr McGuire ’78 and Andy McMaster ’74, P’09, “the quality and dedication of the board, the extraordinary leadership we have in Mark Gearan, the caliber of our faculty, the members of the administration, and especially our students, I’m very excited about the opportunities ahead for Hobart and William Smith.”

Along with Bozzuto’s elevation to chair and McGuire’s to vice chair, the Board welcomes new members John Hogan ’88 and Scott Mason ’81, P’13, and the immediate past presidents of the Alumni and Alumnae Associations, Jeremy Cushman ’96 and Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk ’98.

By the end of his term, Bozzuto says he will define success as “being able to step down and know that the Colleges are somewhat better off for my having been there; to know that my successor will continue to lead the board with strength; and to be sure the Colleges will be even better positioned for a great future.”

At Hobart, Bozzuto majored in English and was a Druid. He was president of his sophomore and junior classes and, in his senior year, president of the student body. Bozzuto also played football, was a Theta Delta Chi brother, a member of Hobart Student Association and Little Theatre, and worked at Saga. He served as a combat correspondent for the 25th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970, and later earned a master’s degree in metropolitan studies from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Bozzuto was a lead donor in the renovation of the Colleges’ boathouse, named in honor of his father, Charles Bozzuto. To commemorate their 40th wedding anniversary, his wife, Barbara, established the Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68 Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Bozzuto also took a lead role in supporting Campaign for the Colleges including the creation of Gearan Center for the Performing Arts where two spaces are named – the Thomas S. ’68 and Barbara M. Bozzuto Balcony and Lobby and the Barbara M. Bozzuto Music Studio.


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