New York Six Receives $1.5M Mellon Foundation Grant

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The New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium, including Colgate University, has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create the NY6 Mellon Academic Leadership Fellows Program, a three-year program to provide an intensive leadership experience for faculty in the humanities who aspire to academic leadership roles.

The New York Six Mellon Academic Leadership Fellows Program will combine leadership training, mentorship, and hands-on leadership experience for a diverse group of humanities faculty who represent the future of academic leadership in the New York Six and beyond. Each fellow will receive course relief and a stipend to allow them to focus on the fellowship experience. The cohort of New York Six Fellows will convene for shared learning and networking, and each will benefit from the guidance of both an internal and external mentor. The program also will provide opportunities for the fellows to engage with senior leaders on their home campuses, as well as with leaders across the consortium. Finally, the New York Six Fellows will convene with fellows from two other liberal-arts consortia, to further expand their networks and knowledge-sharing.

“It is critical that liberal-arts colleges proactively cultivate talent on our campuses so that we have future leaders who represent the diversity of our campuses,” said Joyce P. Jacobsen, chair of the New York Six and president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. “We are deeply grateful to the Mellon Foundation for giving us this opportunity to help faculty develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for future leadership opportunities.”

This is the third Mellon grant received by the New York Six in its 12-year history, beginning in 2010 with a $600,000 grant for collaborative programs in the areas of library collections, information technology, faculty and student development, and diversity. In 2013, the Mellon Foundation awarded a $1.25 million grant to the consortium for an international initiative that included teaching and research around global themes, study abroad collaboration, language learning, and international student programs.

“The Mellon Foundation has been a critical partner in establishing the New York Six as a valuable resource for our members,” said Amy Cronin, executive director of the consortium. “The Academic Leadership Fellows grant will once again advance collaboration across the six schools in ways that will benefit not only the individual fellows, but also the institutions themselves as they bring new perspectives into their leadership discussions.”