Allegheny College President Hilary Link Appointed to NCAA Honors Committee

Allegheny College President Hilary LinkDr. Hilary Link, president of Allegheny College, has been appointed to the NCAA Honors Committee for a four-year term, which will begin Jan. 17, 2021, and continue through Jan. 18, 2025.

The NCAA Honors Committee’s purpose is to review the nominations and select the recipients for the following prestigious national awards: Theodore Roosevelt Award, Silver Anniversary Awards, Today’s Top 10 Awards, Inspiration Award and Award of Valor. Each is presented annually at the NCAA Convention in January.

“I am very pleased to serve on the NCAA Honors Committee and support the association’s efforts to recognize individuals for their academic and athletic achievements and their contributions to society,” Link said. “It is an honor to represent NCAA Division III and Allegheny, a proud founding member of the NCAA.”

Link assumed her duties as Allegheny president in July 2019. She was named the college’s 22nd president in January 2019 by unanimous vote of its Board of Trustees. Link is the first woman in Allegheny’s history to hold the College’s highest office. Prior to her arrival at Allegheny, she served for six years as dean of Temple University Rome and, before that, as the vice provost at Barnard College, Columbia University.

Link also serves on the Climate Leadership Steering Committee, the governing body of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. Her other professional and academic accolades include membership in the Stanford University Associates, honoring her long-term service to Stanford; selection as a Presidential Fellow of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA); the Administrator of the Year Award from the Barnard College Student Government Association; the Elizabeth Deering Hanscom Fellowship in the Humanities at Yale University; and the Pi Mu Iota Award for the highest achievement in the Italian Department at Stanford University. Until June 2019 she was vice chair of the American Overseas School of Rome Board of Trustees and a member of the Centro Studi Americani Board of Directors.

Link is a transdisciplinary and globally oriented scholar of Italian art and literature. She is a graduate of Stanford University and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University in Italian language and literature.

Link’s Honors Committee appointment gives two Allegheny administrators on NCAA national committees, as Bill Ross, director of athletics and recreation, serves as a member of the NCAA Track & Field Rules Committee.