Higher Education

Portrait of John Snider ’77

Looking at him now, you would think John Snider ’77 was born to handle large sums of money. After all, the focused equities fund he oversaw for the TWC Group ballooned from $700 million to nearly $9 billion on his watch. Before his 2018 retirement, Snider was a senior portfolio manager for nearly 20 years with the investment firm founded by CMC board chair emeritus Robert A. Day ’65 P’12.

But nothing in Snider’s childhood prepared him for any of that. 

Rafael Velasco, Hunter LePla, Lindsay Burton

Rafael Velasco ’19 spent his summer at Army ROTC in Fort Knox, Kentucky, running drills in sweltering heat with a 55 lb. ruck on his back—barely getting by on four hours of sleep. At least two of his classmates were not impressed.  

“Four [hours]! Were you on vacation? It was two for us!” said Lindsay Burton ’19, as Hunter LePla ’19 grinned in agreement. 

CMC campus

A proposed 1.4% excise tax on the net investment income of private institutions would harm higher education, CMC Board Chair Emeritus and Trustee Harry McMahon ’75 P’08 P’09 argues in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.

McMahon said that the Republican-led tax bill would likely restrict funding for financial aid at the 70 targeted colleges and universities if passed. Tuition could also rise and donors will likely be discouraged by a portion of their gifts being diverted to the federal government, he said.

Students on campus

Claremont McKenna College ranks 8th among national liberal arts colleges, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking, released today. CMC moved up from 9th place last year in the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” category.

 CMC campus from above

Heterodox Academy (HxA) has named Claremont McKenna College as lead institution on its Top 50 Liberal Arts Colleges in the U.S. ranking, affirming the College’s longstanding commitment to the freedom of speech and expression on campus.

Claremont McKenna College

In two separate lists, Claremont McKenna College was named one of the nation’s best colleges by Forbes. Annually, CMC is a top ranked institution on various ‘top college lists;’ while every list measures unique aspects of the collegiate experience, the Forbes’ list emphasizes return-on-investment.