Press Release: Manhattanville College Appoints Dwight Hilson Chair of its Board of Trustees

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Press Release: Manhattanville College Appoints Dwight Hilson Chair of its Board of Trustees

August 19, 2019 • cara.cea

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PURCHASE, N.Y., August 19, 2019 – Manhattanville College President Michael Geisler announced the appointment of Manhattanville alumnus Dwight Hilson to the position of Chair of the College Board of Trustees.

Hilson likes to call himself a recovering businessperson. He is now a writer and earned his Master’s degree in Writing at Manhattanville.

“When I entered Manhattanville College’s Master of Writing program in the fall of 2006, I never imagined that after completing my studies I would be asked to join the Board of Trustees, nor that seven years later my colleagues would encourage me to assume the role of Board Chair,” said Hilson. “But I am thoroughly grateful for all of these opportunities. Manhattanville College is a special institution, one with an extraordinary faculty, dedicated staff, and wonderful students and alumni.”

An open-house flier for the Master of Arts in Writing at Manhattanville got him started on a path to becoming a creative writer. After attending a summer writer’s workshop at the College, he wrote a piece that helped him get accepted to the program. He graduated three years later in 2009.

“Every time I drive onto campus, I feel an overwhelming sense of pride and appreciation for the chance to help the college continue its traditions of accomplishment and humanity,” said Hilson. “Countless teachers, mentors, and colleagues have become great friends through my experiences at Manhattanville and I simply cannot imagine my life without them. It is a great honor to work closely with President Geisler, along with the college’s faculty, staff, and students to navigate the challenges of our times and help Manhattanville continue to grow and thrive as one of the preeminent institutions of higher education in the New York area and America.”

“Dwight has been an exemplary member of the Board of Trustees at Manhattanville and his unwavering commitment to the college is evident,” said President Geisler. “I look forward to supporting Dwight in his new role as Chair.”

Hilson began his career in business after graduating from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Communication in 1981. Early in his career, Hilson worked and lived in Boston, New Hampshire, Chicago, St. Louis, and Los Angeles before settling in New York City where he met his wife, Mindy, a physical therapist. They eventually settled in Greenwich, Connecticut, where their daughter, now an investment banker, was born.

As a businessman, Hilson had great success as an entrepreneur. His introduction to the business world began with a marketing internship at a telecommunications equipment company and led to the world of private equity where he managed a short-line railroad, the Wolfeboro Rail Road in New Hampshire. He then went back to school and earned a Masters of Business Administration from Northwestern University in 1984 after which he operated a restaurant in Chicago, managed real estate and grain transportation investments, before starting the video and DVD publishing and distribution company, Goldhil Home Media.

After selling Goldhil, Hilson began looking for a more creative outlet, which brought him to Manhattanville.

“Some people’s mid-life crisis causes them to go horribly astray,” said Hilson. “Mine compelled me to become a writer.” And his path to becoming a writer led to his position as Chair of the Board of Manhattanville.

He went on for further study of fiction, in the Master of Fine Arts program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and graduated in July of 2015. Hilson has a long list of published works of fiction and poetry and is editing two completed novels.

About Manhattanville College
Manhattanville College is a small, private liberal arts institution dedicated to academic excellence, purposeful education, and social justice. Located 30 miles from New York City on a 100-acre suburban campus in the heart of bustling Westchester County, Manhattanville enables easy access to robust entertainment offerings, educational resources, and business opportunities for its primarily residential and diverse student body. The College serves approximately 1,800 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students from more than 48 countries and 37 states. Founded in 1841, the College offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate areas of study in the arts and sciences, education, business, and creative writing, as well as continuing and executive education programs. Graduate students can choose from over 75 graduate and certificate programs. Extracurricular offerings include more than 45 clubs and 20 NCAA Division III teams. To learn more, visit

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