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NEW COLLEGE NEWS RELEASE NEW COLLEGE PRESS RELEASE For Release: Sunday, February 16, 1964 NEW COLLEGE/ SARASOTA/ FLORIDA FURMAN C ARTHUR INFORMATION One of America's top industry executives has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of New College, it was announced today. Louis H. LaMotte, Director, Executive and Finance Committee Chairman and former Executive Vice President of International Business Machines Corporation, was named to succeed Philip H. Hills, a prime mover in the creation of New College and chairman since its inception. Hiss has resigned to devote more time to his personal affairs. LaMotte reaffirmed the plans of the College to move ahead toward the opening in the fall with a charter class of students in these words; "Our goal is to develop at New College an outstanding program of liberal arts education and we are proceeding toward this with all of our energies." LaMotte, assuming the chairmanship of the private, liberal arts college said, "American education must produce more broadly educated persons to cope with the great problems our technological age is spawning. ''These problems will be solved only by applied knowledge and understanding rather than by formula or machineo This is the premise of the educational program of New College and one which we believe more widely applicable throughout all higher education," said LaMotte.
/ The new chairman of the New College Board of Trustees paid tribute to the man who has headed the board since its chartering in 1960. "Our communities and the cause of education owe a to the unstinting loyalty to purpose demonstrated by Philip H. Hiss. on r1butions of time, thought and support to the creation of New cannot be measuredo He has been active in the founding days as an original incorporator and has been the trustee chairman for more than three years. The Board of Trustees, through its Executive Committee, has voted special tribute to him and his inspirational efforts ... Hiss said, "I find it very idfficult to retire at this time because of my obvious deep emotional identification with New College but I have long felt that my most important contribution could be made during the formative period when educational policy was being developed, the architects selected and the first phase of architectural design hammered out. I have devoted more than four years of my time to the college and I am now more than six months behind with a book which will be published by Reinhold. Recently, it became clear that I must devote full time to my writing. "However, I leave the board with real gratification that Mr. LaMotte has agreed to take over the chairmanship. He is particularly qualified to take over guidance of the program at this time because of his identification with the educational program of IBM. Mr. Hiss said that his efforts on behalf of education go back to 1952 when he first ran for the Sarasota county School Board. His chairmanship of the school board inaugurated curriculum reform and a school building program in the county that has gained international
His book is on the environment for education and is tenta\ tively titled: "The Quaint Practice of Architecture ... LaMotte joined the New College Board of Trustees in 1962. Previously, he had been extremely active in IBM's extensive educational activities as one of the corporation's executive officers. He said, f ollowing his election to the New college chairmanship: "American o.olleges and universities must educate more and train less. Scholarship toward understanding must keep pace wit h technology if the world i s t o survive." He continued: "It is my hope that New llege will play a significant role in providing broadly educ ated persons with the under-standing to cope with the increasingly complex problems of our age. LaMotte, a native of Maryland, educated at Harvard, joined IBM in 1922. Elected a vice president in 1943, he was named a director in 1952, executive vice president in 1956 and became Chairman of the Executive and Finance Committee in 1959. He retired as executive vice president i n 1961. He is a former chairman of the Board of T rustees and still a trustee of Bennett College in Millbrook, N.Y. and is a directo r of the First National Bank of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the National Bank o f Sarasota, and the Anken Chemical and Film C o ###