Hill Discusses Vision For Chautauqua Institution

Newly-appointed Chautauqua Institution president Michael E. Hill, pictured center, was the guest-of-honor at a local meet-and-greet Tuesday, hosted by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and held at the Robert H. Jackson Center.
P-J photo by A.J. Rao

Newly-appointed Chautauqua Institution president Michael E. Hill, pictured center, was the guest-of-honor at a local meet-and-greet Tuesday, hosted by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and held at the Robert H. Jackson Center. P-J photo by A.J. Rao

Thoughtful, civil dialogues and a hearty thirst for inclusion are notable hallmarks of Chautauqua Institution.

For newly-appointed president Michael E. Hill, it is this brand, in particular, that makes the Institution both a unique and valuable refuge, especially at a time when the country is so fraught with divisions.

Tonight, Hill shared such thoughts and more during a local meet-and-greet, hosted by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and held at the Robert H. Jackson Center.

Prior to a public interview with Greg Peterson, co-founder of the Jackson Center, Hill fielded questions from the press, in which he outlined his vision for the Institution and his transition as its new leader.

“I’ve been welcomed as you would welcome a new neighbor to a community,” Hill said. “One of the exciting elements of coming into a presidency that has so much history is getting to see the people that help make the institution what it is. I’m excited to be doing that not only locally, but around the country where I greet Chautauquans who call the place home in the summer. (I’m excited) to discover again why so many people love this place and why it’s such a treasure.”

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