PSS Summer '12

David H. Deming ’75 Honored

David Deming

David H. Deming ’75 accepts the Charles H. Salisbury Award.

During the spring 2012 Board of Trustees meeting, outgoing Board Chair David H. Deming ‘75 was presented with the Charles H. Salisbury Award in recognition of his exemplary service to Hobart and William Smith.

Deming began his service on the Board in 2000, playing an important role on the committees for Audit, Financial Affairs, Institutional Advancement, and Trustees. A member of the Campaign Steering Committee, he also chaired the Enrollment Management Committee and co-chaired the Investments Committee.

Elected as Chair of the Board in 2006, Deming has been integral to the successful completion of Campaign for the Colleges and has overseen the implementation of the Colleges’ two most recent strategic plans – HWS 2010 and HWS 2015.

Under Deming’s leadership, the Colleges have advanced on nearly every front with substantial increases in fundraising, a more selective enrollment management program, improvement in academic rigor as measured by surveys and national guidebooks, and significantly boosted student outcomes through career placements, graduate school acceptances, fellowships and scholarships.

“I have been fortunate to have David’s counsel and advice for the past six years as Board Chair,” says President Mark D. Gearan. “Hobart and William Smith Colleges are in a better position today due to his strategic thinking, commitment and genuine desire to enrich the lives of our students.”

In presenting the award to Deming, the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees Katherine D. Elliott ’66, L.H.D. ’08 commended him for his dedication. “For everything you have done for Hobart and William Smith – for the thousands of miles you’ve logged traveling from around the world to Geneva, for the countless hours you’ve spent on conference calls, for the innumerable committee meetings in New York City, for your unwavering belief in the power of Hobart and William Smith, for your graceful leadership in a time of great challenge, and for your generosity to your alma mater, we honor you tonight.”

In accepting the award, Deming thanked his fellow trustees for their efforts. “I am so proud of what we have collectively accomplished during the past decade,” he said. “It has been a privilege to serve with such an extraordinarily engaged and committed group of trustees.”

Currently the chief executive officer of Dimensional Retirement, a subsidiary of Dimensional Fund Advisers in Austin, Texas, Deming was previously the chief executive officer of SmartNest, an integrated pension solution provider that was founded in 2002. SmartNest was acquired by Dimensional in 2009.

Prior to building the SmartNest business, David was managing director at JP Morgan, where he worked in mergers and acquisitions and healthcare investment banking.

Deming graduated from Hobart in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. A member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity, he worked for the Echo and Pine yearbook and participated on both the hockey and sailing teams. Deming received an Alumni Citation in 2005 for his contributions as an admissions volunteer, as a member of the president’s advisory council, and for his work with the Board of Trustees.

The Salisbury Award was established by the Honors Committee of the HWS Board of Trustees in 2006 in honor of the commitment, drive and contribution of Charles H. Salisbury Jr. ‘63, P’94, L.H.D.’08, who served as Chair of the Board from 1998 through 2006. The only other recipient is Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees L. Thomas Melly ‘52, L.H.D. ‘02.


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