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Vassar College Names New President

January 10, 2006

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) _ Economist and college administrator Catharine B. Hill was named the 10th president of Vassar College on Tuesday.

Hill, 51, is provost and chief financial officer of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. She succeeds Frances Fergusson, who will leave in June after 20 years as president of Vassar, a private liberal arts school north of New York City.

Hill joined the Williams faculty in 1985 and led the economics department from 1997 to 1999. Before that she worked for the World Bank and the Congressional Budget Office.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brasenose College at Oxford University, and a doctorate in economics from Yale.

Vassar was founded in 1861. It started admitting men in 1970 and has 2,400 students, 58 percent of them women.


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