New College sometimes finds its strongest supporters from the community by being out in the community ourselves.
Sue Jacobson was chair of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service board in the mid-2000s, and one of her board members was Kathy Killion, dean of enrollment services and information technology at New College.
The two became friends, and Killion introduced Jacobson to Steve Miles, now the College’s provost and the founder of the fledgling New Music New College concert series. She began attending concerts and, later, events in the New Topics New College discussion series. So the retired attorney learned about New College from friends who happened to be in its leadership.
“I think it’s important that New College has so many of its talented people out in the community,” she said. “It’s good for the community and for the college.”
She’s been impressed by the caliber of not only the faculty but the students as well. “New College students are particularly talented and motivated,” she said. “New College, disproportionately to other schools, has world-influencing impact.”
So when New College began planning its Daughters for Life initiative in 2013, the administration knew just whom to turn to. Jacobson believes deeply in the importance of educating women and in working for peace in the Middle East.
“I jumped in because I believe in the goals and principles of the program: Educating women who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to attend college, and empowering them to change the world,” she said.
Jacobson joined the New College Foundation board last year, where she has been able to get to know more staff and faculty, reinforcing her commitment. “I’m blown away by the caliber of the people at New College and their commitment to the students.”
She’ll be back on campus this week — for another New Music New College concert.