Eugene M. Tobin, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer, Higher Education and the Liberal Arts Colleges Program

FUNDING AREAS: Liberal arts, humanities scholarships, diversity and inclusion in higher education

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PROFILE: Program officer Eugene M. Tobin manages grants for liberal arts colleges and higher education at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His foundation bio shares: 

Eugene M. Tobin is senior program officer in the program for Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities, where his areas of responsibility include grants to liberal arts colleges, research universities, humanities centers and institutes, the development of cross-institutional collaboration and consortia, and coordination of joint initiatives with the Foundation's Diversity program.   

Mr. Tobin spent 23 years at Hamilton College as a faculty member, department chair, dean of faculty, and as the eighteenth president (1993-2003).  Prior to joining the Hamilton faculty in 1980, he taught at public colleges in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, was a National Endowment for the Humanities postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University, and held visiting appointments at Miami University (Ohio) and Indiana University, Bloomington.  His research focuses on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American social and political history and the history of US higher education.  

Mr. Tobin earned his BA in history from Rutgers University and his MA and PhD in the history of American civilization from Brandeis University.  He is the co-author with William G. Bowen and Martin A. Kurzweil of Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education (University of Virginia Press, 2005), winner of the 2006 American Education Research Association’s Outstanding Book Award, and co-author with William G. Bowen of Locus of Authority:  The Evolution of Faculty Roles in the Governance of Higher Education (Princeton University Press, 2015).