Dear Members of the Allegheny Community,

It is with great pleasure that I write today to share exciting news. The Allegheny College Board of Trustees has unanimously elected Dr. Hilary L. Link, dean of Temple University Rome, as the 22nd president of Allegheny. She will assume the presidency on July 1, 2019, succeeding President James H. Mullen, Jr., upon his retirement after 11 years of distinguished service to our College.

Our Presidential Search Committee was skillfully led by Eddie Taylor ’87 and included a cross-section of constituents — trustees, faculty, students, staff, administrators, alumni and the local community. They did a tremendous job in selecting an experienced leader and scholar committed to guiding Allegheny’s future and continuing Jim Mullen’s visionary leadership and dedication to the College and community. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I express a sincere thank you to Eddie and the entire committee for their hard work and devotion to Allegheny.

Dr. Link is the first woman in Allegheny’s history to hold the college’s highest office. She is a visionary, entrepreneurial leader and interdisciplinary scholar of the humanities with significant experience in inspiring sustainable organizational change by engaging and empowering others in institutional transformation. She is a bold thinker interested in bringing important voices and ideas to the table as part of Allegheny’s legacy of innovation.

Dr. Link was appointed to her current position at Temple University in 2013. As the senior Temple University administrator in Rome, she is responsible for all aspects of Temple Rome’s campus, which annually enrolls more than 600 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. She has strategically expanded and revamped curriculum to enhance enrollment by including more contemporary topics and developed new courses and internships with Temple’s Klein College of Media and Communication; College of Liberal Arts; College of Science and Technology; College of Engineering; and School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management. She also has led recruitment initiatives to achieve an enrollment that is the highest in the 52-year history of the campus, and initiated and garnered support for a full-fledged development program, including creation of a Temple Rome Board of Visitors.

Prior to joining Temple, Dr. Link served as the vice provost for Barnard College, Columbia University, where she had oversight of Barnard’s curriculum, international programs, academic assessment, faculty grants and select academic programs. She previously held the positions of assistant and associate provost and dean for international programs at Barnard.

A transdisciplinary and globally oriented scholar of Italian art and literature, Dr. Link will have a faculty appointment at Allegheny. She has taught at Temple University Rome, Barnard College, New York University, Columbia University, and Yale University. She is a graduate of Stanford University and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Italian language and literature from Yale University. She and her husband, Jeff Link, have three sons, Jason, Alexander, and Zachary.

Please join my colleague trustees and me in extending a warm welcome to our president-elect, Hilary Link, and her family. I encourage you to read the announcement on the Allegheny website to learn more about our next president.


Mark Campbell ’82
Chair, Board of Trustees