Message from Edward Gelia, Chair of the Hilbert College Board of Trustees

Dear Hilbert College Faculty and Staff:

I am writing today to provide you with some important updates from the Hilbert College Board of Trustees.

First, I would like to thank you all for your hard work in preparation for the upcoming visit from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College is well-positioned for another successful visit, which isn’t possible without the incredible work of the faculty and staff at Hilbert.  Thank you!

I am also pleased to announce that at our most recent meeting the Board unanimously approved a two-year contract extension for President Cynthia Zane (through June 2018).  The contract extension will allow Hilbert the opportunity to launch a multi-million dollar capital campaign for a new student center.

Cynthia and Kelly Smith, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, will be working together to begin the ‘silent’ phase of the capital campaign in Fall 2016.  I can’t express how vitally important it is to have someone who is well-established on the front lines during the ‘silent’ phase, which is when many of the campaign’s leadership gifts will be secured.  Extending Cynthia’s contract gives us the stability we need to launch the campaign in the most effective way.

Also, the Board is very excited about the College’s new leadership, with Kelly Smith in Institutional Advancement, and also new Vice President for Enrollment Management, Patrick Quinn.

It goes without saying, but enrollment remains Hilbert’s most important revenue source.  Many key indicators point to a possible rebound in enrollment numbers, including number of applications, which is tracking ahead of previous years.  We are all working together to take advantage of this potential increase and to ensure Hilbert’s yield rate reinforces these numbers.  While the numbers are encouraging, we still have a lot of work ahead of us to make it a reality.


From the entire Board of Trustees, we sincerely wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Edward Gelia