Eugene M. Tobin to Retire from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


Eugene M.  Tobin, senior program officer for Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities, will retire from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation at the end of 2019.

Tobin joined the Foundation in 2003 as senior advisor to President William G. Bowen and soon became a program officer with special responsibility for grantmaking to liberal arts colleges.  Having been professor of history, dean of the faculty, and president of Hamilton College, he brought to Mellon tremendous knowledge of the challenges faced by these distinctive American institutions. 

Over the past five years, Tobin developed the Foundation’s grantmaking initiative for institutions that provide a liberal arts education to incarcerated Americans and that help the formerly incarcerated reintegrate into society.  As a result of his efforts, the Foundation has become a serious participant and advocate for expanding access to higher education and for encouraging colleges and universities to include incarcerated students in their educational missions.  

“To colleagues new and longstanding, Gene has been unfailingly kind and supportive.  His advice is ever honest, delivered clearly, and focused on finding solutions,” noted Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander and Executive Vice President for Programs and Research Mariët Westermann in a joint statement. “We thank him profoundly for the major contributions he has made to our work.”

Tobin is the co-author of Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education (2006, with William G. Bowen and Martin Kurzweil) and Locus of Authority: The Evolution of Faculty Roles in the Governance of Higher Education (2015, with William G. Bowen). 

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