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After Leadership Change, Hampshire College Faculty Look To Advance Agenda

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On Friday, Hampshire College President Miriam “Mim” Nelson abruptly resigned in the midst of ongoing controversy over her leadership of the struggling private liberal arts college. The news is complicated for the Amherst, Massachusetts college’s teachers, who were facing an uncertain future of a greatly restricted Fall 2019 incoming class and layoffs related to the drop in enrollment. Salman Hameed, a Charles Taylor chair and associate professor of integrated science and humanity at Hampshire, is also a media liaison for the college’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors. He tells WAMC Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes that his colleagues are still trying to understand what to make of Nelson’s exit and the presidency of interim leader Ken Rosenthal.

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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