Catharine Bond Hill ’85 Ph.D.
Poughkeepsie, New York
Catharine B. Hill is president of Vassar College and a noted economist, whose research on the affordability of and access to higher education has been influential in expanding opportunities for students from all socio–economic backgrounds to attend college. Her scholarly work also focuses on economic development and reform in Africa. After graduating summa cum laude from Williams College, Ms. Hill earned B.A. and M.A. degrees at Brasenose College, University of Oxford, with first-class honors in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. She completed her Ph.D. in Economics at Yale in 1985. At the start of her career she worked for the World Bank and the Fiscal Analysis Division of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. Prior to her Vassar presidency, Ms. Hill served as provost of Williams College, where she had chief academic and financial officer responsibilities. She originally joined the Economics faculty at Williams in 1985. Ms. Hill lived in the Republic of Zambia, where she was the fiscal/trade advisor and then head of the Harvard Institute for International Development’s Project on Macroeconomic Reform, working in the Ministry of Finance and with the Bank of Zambia. Ms. Hill has received scholarly awards, grants, and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, Brookings Institution, National Science Foundation, and Social Science Research Council, among other organizations. Ms. Hill is a trustee of Ithaka Harbors, Inc., a nonprofit corporation and parent company of digital library website JSTOR, and in 2011 joined the Board of Trustees of Yale–NUS College, Singapore’s first liberal arts college. She previously served on the board of the College Board and the NCAA Division III Presidents Council. Ms. Hill was elected Alumni Fellow in 2013.