September 8, 2010

Virginia B. Smith Obituary In NY Times

They're a little late on this, but The New York Times ran an obituary today for former Vassar president Virginia B. Smith, who passed away on August 27th.

The article features the same information from previous obituaries as well as some new information. An excerpt:

"Ms. Smith was chosen to lead Vassar from among 450 candidates for the job partly because she had a strong vision for using the Vassar presidency as a model of innovation for American higher education, said Elizabeth Runkle Purcell, who was chairwoman of the selection committee...

"Ms. Smith’s appointment as the eighth Vassar president was announced in April 1977. When The New York Times asked her why she had been chosen, she replied matter-of-factly, “Because I was the best qualified.”

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