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Hampshire President Addresses Challenges As College Starts New Semester

A man stands behind a podium with a Hampshire College logo in a wooden structure
Josh Landes
Ed Wingenbach addresses reporters at a July 18th, 2019 press conference

Over the last year, Hampshire College has faced financial uncertainty and abrupt leadership transitions. This week, the private liberal arts school in Amherst, Massachusetts opened its doors to an incoming class of just 13 after its board voted to not accept a full roster of students in January. New college president Ed Wingenbach — who replaced Miriam “Mim” Nelson after her resignation in April — spoke to WAMC about what he told the college community at its first gathering of the school year, as well as his response to emails between the college and UMass about a possible merger that the Daily Hampshire Gazette reported on.

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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