We are pleased to announce that invitations have been extended to Paul Tudor Jones to join the Willard College Board of Trustees as well as the Preferred Sponsors Group. Jones, a well respected investment pioneer, recently came under fire for remarks concerning women and business and has experienced the kind of negative treatment that has become all too common at American colleges and universities. As is often the case with generous and successful men, his comments were taken out of context. Concerning women in business, Jones simply observed that
“As soon as that baby’s lips touched that girl’s bosom, forget it.” He went on to observe that “macro trading requires a high degree of skill, focus and repetition. …Life events, such as birth, divorce, death of a loved one…are obstacles to success in this specific field of finance.”
Indicative of the University of Virginia’s hostility to its loyal supporters, one administator commented, “As administrators, we are often called upon to condemn opinions fdifferent from our own. At a university, however, freedom of expression is fundamental to our mission.”
As of last year, Willard College adopted a strict policy of protecting our donors and trustees, through the The Hand that Feeds Program. Unlike so many institutions that let politics pollute the donation process, Willard maintains a firewall between donors’ political and social views and their willingness to support our mission.
Sincerely, President Henry Cotton
P.S. Willard College recently was incorrectly tied to a story concerning obese graduate students. The Office of Media Relations is looking into why such stories continue to be falsely connected to our institution.