Carol Hoffmann Collins is a longtime supporter of things international at MHC. Her lead gift in support of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives funds the Carol Hoffmann Collins Directorship, held by economics professor Eva Paus, and the Carol Hoffmann Collins Global Scholar-in-Residence program.
This program brings a world-renowned figure to campus for several days each year to engage the community in dialogue on important global issues in a variety of settings, from lectures to classes to informal gatherings. The Global Scholar-in-Residence in 2012–2013 is Constanze Stelzenmueller, a senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Berlin.
Recently, Hoffmann also established an endowed chair in international studies, a combined position with international relations and politics. This new teacher-scholar will become Mount Holyoke’s 37th chairholder at MHC. Says Hoffmann, “It is my hope that this commitment will contribute to the current Campaign, the Mellon Foundation Challenge, and my fiftieth reunion in 2013.”
Collins has said that her early interest in a larger world was furthered by her Mount Holyoke education. Her gifts to the College reflect both her sense of obligation to higher education and a view, substantiated by experience, that international education enhances international engagement.
In addition to helping promote an international perspective at Mount Holyoke, Collins serves on the Steering Committee for the $300 million Campaign for Mount Holyoke.