Frances Fergusson

1. How and when you first met Harry Roseman — A very good question. I cannot really remember, except that my memories of Vassar from my arrival in 1986 seem to include Harry Roseman taking photos. And most subsequent events of any importance had that same scenario…

2. A statement about your work and/or a brief autobiographical statement. I’m an architectural historian, who became an administrator, but who never forgot her involvement in architecture. My time as Vassar president was an architectural historian’s dream: to be in a position to commission fine architects to make and renovate good and interesting buildings. For the most part, it worked out. A beautiful campus restored, good and useful buildings built, many good friends among the architects of the world. Now, retired since 2006, I am an active board member in the arts: Jasper John’s Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Getty Trust, the Noguchi Museum, 2nd Stage Theatre, WNET, more to come. I am engaging in all the things that mean the most to me. I’m also still with a hand in academe, as the incoming president, as of June 2007, of the Harvard Board of Overseers.

— June 2007