PURCHASE, N.Y. (Nov. 4, 2020) – Elizabeth Robertson has been named president of the Board of Directors for Purchase Senior Learning Community, Inc. (PSLC), a New York State not-for-profit corporation and sponsor of Broadview – Senior Living at Purchase College, under development on the college campus.
A 30-year veteran in both the public and private sectors, Robertson was elected PSLC President after serving as the board’s secretary for the past five years. Thomas J. Schwarz, past PSLC Board President and Purchase College President Emeritus, will remain on the board and continue to advise for the Broadview project.
Previously serving as Director of Government Relations and Strategic Projects at Purchase College, Robertson has been involved with Broadview from its inception assisting with project planning and development, the approval process with the New York State legislature and SUNY system, spearheading the community’s integration with the college, and overseeing the marketing of the retirement community.
Robertson joined Purchase College in 2009 as executive assistant to the president and supported activities including strategic planning, special projects, grant submissions and managed relations with local and state legislators and SUNY government. She was also a member of the President’s College Cabinet and a Campus FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) Officer.
Robertson earned a master of education degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a master’s degree in business administration and management from Columbia University. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Williams College.
“I am honored to serve as the new president of Purchase Senior Learning Community and will continue our work to support the vision of Tom Schwarz, who was the force behind the creation of Broadview as a means of fulfilling the college’s commitment to life-long learning. His leadership was instrumental in reaching today’s goal post, where we are marketing the community,” said Robertson.
“Broadview serves as a model for a campus-based senior living community. Our current success confirms that people want to spend their retirement years engaged in cultural and academic activities in a multigenerational setting. It’s a win for the college as well — the integration of Broadview into the college community will benefit the lives of students and faculty.”
In addition to Broadview residents’ opportunities to audit classes, the college plans to launch a roster of new courses and lectures that will be multigenerational in topic and designed to entice students and residents to learn together.
Broadview has reached the halfway point to financing to start construction in 2021 of the 220 independent living retirement community for individuals 62 and older. Amenities will include The Learning Commons, a dedicated space designed for intergenerational learning and activities. Opportunities to attend cultural attractions at Purchase College include the Performing Arts Center offering world-class music, dance and theatre productions and the Neuberger Museum of Art, world renowned for its collection of modern, contemporary and African art.
Robertson grew up in Bronxville, N.Y., was a resident of Rye, N.Y. for 20 years and currently resides in New York City.