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THE FULL EXCHANGE BETWEEN JEFFREY SONNENFELD OF YALE’S SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT AND JOHN COURTMANCHE, MEDIA RELATIONS DIRECTOR AT HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE

On February 27, 2019, Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, Lester Crown Professor of Leadership Practice and Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies at Yale University’s School of Management, wrote a commentary on the crisis at Hampshire College for Fortune magazine.  The College pushed back on February 28, and then Dean Sonnenfeld responded via email on March 1. On March 13, Sonnenfeld wrote an OpEd piece to the Gazette in response to the paper’s story about the Public Relations firms retained by the administration.

As a service to all, I am posting here the full text of this exchange, with the most recent documents first.

1.  March 1, 2019: Jeffrey Sonnenfeld's rebuttal to objections raised by John Courtmanche, Media Relations Director at Hampshire College, to Sonnenfeld’s Fortune piece.

 

The two letters below were attached to Sonnenfeld's email to John Courtmanche. The first is addressed to the Amherst College community by their President, Carolyn "Biddy" Martin. The second is addressed to the Mt. Holyoke College community by their president, Sonya Stephens.

 

2.  February 28, 2019: John Courtmanche posted his email to Sonnenfeld and the editor-in-chief of Fortune magazine on the official College web site.

 
 

4.  February 22, 2019: As background to Jeffrey Sonnenfeld’s piece, we include below the Gazette piece that announced their receipt of the emails President Nelson exchanged with UMass.

 
 

6. February 27, 2019: Ellen Fitzpatrick’s piece for the Atlantic frames Hampshire’s current crisis historically in light of the original vision of the founders.  

Ellen Fitzpatrick 70F is Presidential Professor of History, University of New Hampshire.