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Hampshire Board Of Trustees Vice Chair Says “We’re Shooting The Messenger”

Josh Landes

On Friday, Hampshire College’s Board of Trustees voted to not accept a full class for the Fall 2019 semester. The decision followed nearly three tense weeks of confusion among the college’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni after the move was proposed by President Miriam Nelson. Kim Saal is the vice chair of Hampshire’s board. An alumnus himself, he was a part of Hampshire’s first class in 1970. WAMC spoke to Saal about Friday’s vote, the events that led up to it, and the controversy left in its wake.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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