The Howard Gilman ’44 Directorship
Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College

Jeffrey H. James, the inaugural Howard Gilman ’44 Director, stands in front of The Hop.
Photo by Rob Strong

Howard Gilman graduated from Dartmouth College in 1944 and provided continued support to the College as a both a Board member and donor throughout his life. In 2008, the Foundation made a $5 million pledge to the campus’s Hopkins Center for the Arts (“The Hop”), which led to the creation of the Howard Gilman ’44 Directorship position.

Since its opening in 1962, The Hop has been the center of artistic activity at Dartmouth. From Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Hop offers world-class performance to students and the community at large. In addition to supporting The Hop’s director’s salary, the Howard Gilman Directorship endowment supports new artistic ventures and special projects initiated by the Director, including new-work commissions, special artist residencies, student ensemble tours, and experimental pilot projects.

The Hop and Dartmouth students welcome visiting artists Wynton Marsalis and Jared Grimes.
Photo by Rob Strong