2020-2021 University Catalog 
    Jul 24, 2024  
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Organization



The Board of Trustees, a body of 35 members, has final responsibility for the conduct of the University. The president of the University is a member of the board and an ex officio member of its standing committees including the Executive Committee.

The full board has three regularly scheduled meetings each academic year, including one meeting that has a period of time set aside to permit faculty, students, staff, and alumni to address the board. Questions about the Board of Trustees should be directed to the secretary of the board.

Offices of the University


The President of the University is appointed by the Board of Trustees and is responsible for the general oversight and direction of University instruction and for discipline.

The Chief of Staff, Secretary to the Board of Trustees, provides executive support and counsel to the president on University-wide matters and institutional strategic planning, and serves as the secretary of the Board of Trustees.

The Senior Advisor to the President is responsible for advising the president on various matters and assisting with special projects, and oversees legal affairs.

Academic Administration

The Dean of the Faculty and Provost is the chief academic officer of the University and has primary responsibility for faculty personnel, curriculum, and supervision of instructional budgets. As provost, the dean of the faculty is the chief officer of the University in the president’s absence.

The Associate Deans of the Faculty assist with general administrative areas under the dean of the faculty.

The Associate Provost has responsibility for academic budgets, federal regulations, and other duties assigned by the provost.

The Associate Provosts for Equity and Diversity are charged with fostering a climate of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the University’s faculty, staff, administration, and student body.

The Dean’s Advisory Council, composed of the dean/provost, the five division directors, and the associate deans of the faculty, advises the dean of the faculty on matters of academic administration.

Divisions and Academic Departments. The five divisions into which the University’s academic structure is divided are listed below. Each division director is responsible to the dean of the faculty and supervises the various academic departments and programs in the division.

  1. Arts and Humanities: Art and Art History, the Classics, East Asian Languages and Literatures, English, German, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Theater
  2. Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology
  3. Social Sciences: Economics, Educational Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Political Science, and Sociology and Anthropology
  4. University Studies: Africana and Latin American Studies; Asian Studies; Environmental Studies; Film and Media Studies; Jewish Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies; Liberal Arts Core Curriculum; Linguistics; Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; Native American Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies; Russian and Eurasian Studies; Women’s Studies; and Writing and Rhetoric
  5. Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics: Department of Physical Education

The Chief Information Officer has responsibility for management of information services, academic computing, administrative computing and networking, and for supervision of information technology staff.

The University Librarian is the chief administrative officer of Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology and of George R. Cooley Library, with primary responsibility for library services, collections, including the University Archives, technologies, and personnel.

The Registrar is responsible for keeping all student academic records, supervising the registration process, and certifying students for graduation.

Admission and Financial Aid

The Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid has responsibility for the admission of first-year and transfer students, and oversees the Office of Financial Aid which administers the university’s financial aid program to undergraduates and assists students and their parents with applications for aid from other sources.


The Vice President and Director of Athletics has responsibility for the Department of Physical Education (under the Division of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics), the intercollegiate athletic program, intramural and club sports, recreation program, and management of athletic facilities.


The Vice President for Communications is responsible for strategic and integrated communications that advance and steward Colgate’s reputation, attract prospective students, and garner support for and engagement with the University, through print, web, and digital media. Among other responsibilities, the office manages marketing, visual identity and licensing, internal communications, media relations, filming requests, Colgate’s digital channels, and the public website (colgate.edu), and publishes the quarterly Colgate Magazine.

Institutional Advancement

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement is responsible for management of Advancement, and Alumni Relations.

Advancement includes the departments of advancement operations, annual giving, capital support, corporate, foundation and government relations, planned giving, relationship development, and stewardship and is responsible for securing annual and long-term financial support for Colgate.

The Office of Alumni Relations is responsible for engaging alumni across all eras, identities, geographies, and occupations in support of Colgate. Programs include the Colgate Professional Networks, leadership of Reunion Weekend, athletic tailgates, district clubs, and lifelong learning experiences.

Finance and Administration

The Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration leads the division responsible for Colgate’s financial operations, planning, and administrative services. This includes long-range financial planning, budgeting, investment management, capital project finance, accounting and control, risk management, physical plant, construction and renovation of facilities, purchasing, community affairs, document and mail services, bookstore, dining, and other miscellaneous auxiliary service enterprises.

The Office of Accounting and Control is responsible for receipt and disbursement of operating funds, payroll, student accounts, financial control systems, and grant, contract, and endowment accounting.

The Colgate Bookstore sells and rents textbooks, course materials, trade books, Colgate memorabilia and clothing, and general merchandise. In addition, the bookstore sells and services computers and software. The bookstore coordinates a series of readings, community programs, and faculty and alumni publication events throughout the year.

The Office of Budget and Decision Support coordinates Colgate’s planning process for annual and multi-year operating budgets and supports long-range planning efforts.

The Office of Community Affairs and Auxiliary Services manages Colgate’s relationship with and investments in the local and regional communities. The office also oversees the operations of various auxiliary service enterprises including dining services, summer programs, and Colgate Camp located on Upper Saranac Lake.

Document and Mail Services manages university printing and campus mail, and operates a U.S. Postal Service contract station.

The Facilities Office develops and supervises major construction projects, provides for renovation, repair and maintenance of buildings and building systems, grounds maintenance, custodial services, the vehicular fleet, and operates and maintains campus utilities.

The Office of Human Resources provides development and support for a diverse, quality workforce to create a positive workplace that helps Colgate attract and retain the talent necessary to accomplish its goals. Serving as internal consultants and partners with employees, the office offers expertise and guidance in the areas of employment, compensation and benefits administration, training and development, recruitment, student employment, employee/labor relations, and workplace wellness.

The Investment Office, working with the Endowment Management and Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees, is responsible for overseeing Colgate’s endowment investment portfolio, planned giving assets, and long-term operating cash. The office works with and monitors existing managers, evaluates new investment opportunities, coordinates the use of outside consultants and advisory firms, and is responsible for investment performance reporting.

The Purchasing Office is responsible for purchasing services, central receiving, and administering Colgate’s licensing program.

The Office of Risk Management is responsible for securing and overseeing the risk management and insurance policies of the University. The office plays a key role in pre/post-loss efforts in order to minimize adverse outcomes.

The Office of Sustainability is responsible for achieving Colgate’s commitment to sustainability through innovative projects and programming that enhance teaching and learning, create long-term economic resiliency, build and restore robust ecological systems, and support a healthier and more just society.

The Treasurer’s Office provides analytic and operational support services for Colgate’s endowment investment portfolio, planned giving assets, and capital budgeting. The office is also responsible for external financial reporting and coordinating university-wide treasury services including cash management and short- and long-term financing.

Student Affairs

The Vice President and Dean of the College is Colgate’s chief student affairs officer concerned with the overall personal and educational growth of students. The vice president and dean of the college coordinates student support programs including the administrative deans; the chaplaincy; counseling center; Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education; health center; ALANA Cultural Center; Center for Leadership and Student Involvement; residential life; fraternities and sororities; environmental health, fire and campus safety; international student services; Shaw wellness Institute, and others.

The University Corporation

The Officers

Michael J. Herling, AB Colgate; JD Stanford
Gretchen H. Burke, AB Colgate; MBA Harvard University
  Vice Chair
Gus P. Coldebella, AB Colgate; JD Cornell University
  Vice Chair
Jeanne A. Follansbee, AB Colgate; MA, PhD Boston University
  Vice Chair
Hannelore Rodriguez-Farrar, EdD Harvard Graduate School, PhD Brown University
Joseph S. Hope, AB Colgate

The Members

Terms Expire 2021

Gretchen H. Burke, AB Colgate; MBA Harvard University
  Ennis, Montana
Celia A. Colbert, BA Harvard University; JD Columbia University
  Summit, New Jersey
Gus P. Coldebella, AB Colgate; JD Cornell University
  Dover, Massachusetts
Thomas W. Dempsey, Jr.*, AB Colgate;
  Hanover, Pennsylvania
Carmine DiSibio, AB Colgate; MBA New York University
  Summit, New Jersey
Sonya A. Falcone, AB Colgate
  West Hollywood, California
Julian W. Farrior, AB Colgate
  Boulder, Colorado
Jeanne A. Follansbee, AB Colgate; MA, PhD Boston University
  New Haven, Connecticut
Nina Kohler, Mississippi State
  Kohler, Wisconsin
Denniston M. Reid, Jr.*, AB Colgate; MA Columbia University
  Harrington Park, New Jersey
Andrew W. Sweet, AB Colgate
  Darien, Connecticut
Thomas B. Tyree, Jr., AB Colgate; MBA University of Pennsylvania
  Englewood, Colorado

Terms Expire 2022

Patricia E. Apelian Aitken*, AB Colgate University
  Manhasset, New York
Brion B. Applegate, AB Colgate; MBA Harvard University
  Santa Fe, California
Thomas S. Bozzuto Jr., AB Colgate; MS New York University
  Baltimore, Maryland
Melissa J. Coley*, AB Colgate; MS New York University 
  Madison, New Jersey
Giovanni Cutaia, AB Colgate; MBA Tuck School, Dartmouth
  Bronxville, New York
Teresa Delgado, AB Colgate; MS, MA, PhD Union Theological Seminary
  Mount Vernon, New York
John A. Hayes, AB Colgate; MBA Northwestern University
  Boulder, Colorado
Michael J. Herling, AB Colgate; JD Stanford University
  Darien, Connecticut
Kimberly Huffard, AB Colgate; MBA Tuck School, Dartmouth
  Darien, Connecticut
Becky B. Hurley, AB Colgate; JD Northwestern University
  Winnetka, Illinois
Amy Vullo MacMillan, AB Colgate; MBA Harvard University
  Mattawan, Michigan
Clarissa V. Shah, AB Colgate; MA and JD Washington University
  Chicago, Illinois
Jeffrey W. Sharp, AB Colgate; MFA Columbia University
  New York, New York

Term Expires 2023

Eric J. Andersen, AB Colgate; MBA Fordham University
  Madison, New Jersey
Eric A. Cole, AB Colgate
  New York, New York
Jean-Pierre L. Conte, AB Colgate; MBA Harvard University
  San Francisco, California
Theresa Donahue Egler*, AB Colgate; JD Fordham University
  Chester, New Jersey
Andrew S. Greenfield, AB Colgate; BA Brown University
  Norwalk, Connecticut
Robert C. Johnson*, AB Colgate
  Dallas, Texas
Nora Gleason Leary, AB Colgate: JD Fordham University
  Palm Beach, Florida
Joseph P. McGrath, Jr., AB Colgate, MBA University of Pennsylvania
  Summit, New Jersey

Emeritus Members

Peter Ackerman, AB Colgate; MA, MALD, PhD Tufts, Fletcher School
  Washington, D.C.
Patricia Applegate, AB Colgate; MA New York University
  Beverly Hills, California
Dewey J. Awad II, AB Colgate; MBA Georgetown University
  Weston, Massachusetts
Richard C. Bain Jr., AB Colgate; MBA Columbia University
  Norwalk, Connecticut
Michael J. Batza Jr., AB Colgate
  Towson, Maryland
Daniel C. Benton, AB, LHD Colgate; MBA Harvard University
  New York, New York
Gloria A. Borger, AB, LHD Colgate
  Washington, DC
Todd C. Brown, AB Colgate; MBA University of Pennsylvania
  Chicago, Illinois
William H. Browne, AB Colgate; MBA Trinity College
  Greenwich, Connecticut
Ronald J. Burton, AB Colgate
  North Caldwell, New Jersey
José A. Cabranes, AB Columbia; JD Yale; MLit Cambridge University; LLD Colgate
  New Haven, Connecticut
Bruce W. Calvert, AB Colgate
  Washington, DC
Charles G. Carey, AB Colgate; MBA Harvard University
  Darien, Connecticut
Christine J. Chao, AB Colgate; JD Columbia University
  Riverside, Connecticut
Diane Ciccone, AB Colgate; JD Hofstra University
  Princeton Junction, New Jersey
J. Christopher Clifford, AB, LHD Colgate; MBA Harvard University
  Chair Emeritus
  Vero Beach, Florida
H. Leroy Cody Jr., AB Colgate; MBA University of Pennsylvania
  South Orange, New Jersey
John K. Colgate Jr., AB Colgate
  Mill Neck, New York
Denis F. Cronin, AB Colgate; LHD Colgate; JD Fordham
  Chair Emeritus
  New York, New York
Marianne Crosley, AB Colgate; JD Ohio State University
  Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Nancy C. Crown, James Madison University
   Winnetka, Illinois
John C. Cushman III, AB, LHD Colgate; AMP Harvard University
  Pasadena, California
Herbert A. Dietzel, AB Colgate; MD Cornell
  Surf City, New Jersey
Kathleen A. Dill*, AB Colgate
  New York, New York
Maurice M. Eaton Jr., AB Colgate
  Kinnelon, New Jersey
Howard A. Ellins, AB Colgate; JD New York University
  New York, New York
James L. Elrod Jr., AB Colgate; MBA Harvard University
  Riverside, Connecticut
Stephen J. Errico, AB Colgate
  Ridgewood, New Jersey
Jeffrey B. Fager, AB, LHD Colgate
  New Canaan, Connecticut
Mark G. Falcone, AB Colgate
  Denver, Colorado
Roger A. Ferlo, AB, DD Colgate; MA, PhD Yale University
  Chicago, Illinois
William G. Finard, AB Colgate; MEd Boston College
  Osterville, Massachusetts
Margaret A. Flanagan, AB Colgate; JD Georgetown University
  Cambridge, Massachusetts
Gregory J. Fleming, AB Colgate; JD Yale University
  Bedford, New York
Christine Cronin Gallagher*, AB Colgate; MBA New York University
  New York, New York
John A. Golden, AB, LHD Colgate; JD Columbia University
  Chair Emeritus
  New York, New York
Harry E. Gould Jr., AB Colgate; MA Harvard University; MBA Columbia College
  New York, New York
Alan I. Greene, AB Colgate
  Great Neck, New York
George A. Haggarty, AB Colgate; MBA University of Michigan
  Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
Richard W. Herbst, AB Colgate; MBA University of Pennsylvania
  Morristown, New Jersey
Andrew J. Heyward, AB Harvard University
  New York, New York
Robert H.N. Ho, AB, LHD Colgate; MS Columbia University
  West Vancouver, British Columbia
Stephen R. Howe Jr., AB Colgate; MBA New York University
  Pleasantville, New York
Daniel B. Hurwitz, AB Colgate; LDH Colgate University
  Chair Emeritus
  New York, New York
Richard Janeway, AB Colgate; MD University of Pennsylvania
  Winston-Salem, North Carolina
William A. Johnston, AB Colgate; MBA Syracuse University
  Winchester, Massachusetts
Robert J. Jones, AB Colgate; LLB University of Pennsylvania
  Ambler, Pennsylvania
Robert W. Jones, AB Colgate; MBA Harvard University
  Bedford, New York
Ronald A. Joyce*, AB Colgate
  Yarmouth, Maine
Richard M. Kessler, AB Colgate
  Greenwich, Connecticut
Robert A. Kindler, AB Colgate; JD New York University
  Harrison, New York
Russell T. Lewis, BA State University of New York at Stony Brook; JD Brooklyn Law School
  Armonk, New York
Edward S. Macias, AB, LHD Colgate; PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  St. Louis, Missouri
Jim P. Manzi, AB Colgate; MA Tufts, Fletcher School
  Cambridge, Massachusetts
Fred C. Meendsen, AB Colgate; MBA Harvard University
  St. Michaels, Maryland
Scott A. Meiklejohn, AB Colgate
  Harpswell, Maine
Rosalia G-H. Miller, BFA Bellas Artes, Nicaragua; MPA Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  Washington, D.C.
C. Bruce Morser, AB Colgate; MFA University of Washington
  Vashon, Washington
J. Richard Munro, AB, LHD Colgate; MBA Columbia University; LittD University of Richmond; LittD St. Lawrence University
  Naples, Florida
Duncan L. Niederauer, AB, LHD Colgate; MBA Emory University
  Far Hills, New Jersey
Mark D. Nozette, AB Colgate; JD Cornell University
  Deerfield, Illinois
G. Peter O’Brien, AB Colgate; MBA Columbia University
  Riverside, Connecticut
Pamela E. Odeen-LoDato, AB Colgate; MBA New York University
  Dover, Massachusetts
Jung Pak*, AB Colgate; PhD Columbia University
  Chevy Chase, Maryland
Stephen K. Pond, AB Colgate; MBA Harvard University
  Winston Salem, North Carolina
Gerald D. Quill, AB Colgate; MBA Drexel Institute of Technology
  Glenside, Pennsylvania
G. Kirk Raab, AB Colgate
  Portola Valley, California
Donald P. Remey, AB Colgate; MBA Harvard University
  Jupiter, Florida
G. Gary Ripple, AB Colgate; MEd Pennsylvania State University; PhD Ohio State University
  Williamsburg, Virginia
Allison J. Rosen, AB Colgate
  New York, New York
John K. Runnette, AB Colgate
  Hilton Head, South Carolina
Charles H. Sanford III, AB Colgate; MBA Harvard University
  Greenwood Village, Colorado
Lorie A. Slutsky, AB, LHD Colgate; MA New School for Social Research
  New York, New York
Barry J. Small, AB Colgate
  New Canaan, Connecticut
Van P. Smith, AB, LLD Colgate; JD Georgetown;
  LLD Ball State; DBus Vincennes University; LLD Indiana State University
  Chair Emeritus
  Muncie, Indiana
James A. Smith*, AB Colgate; MA, PhD Brown University
  Tarrytown, New York
Joanne D. Spigner*, AB Colgate; MBA New York University
  Madison, New Jersey
Gregory A. Threatte, AB Colgate; MD State University of New York, Health Science Center
  Slingerlands, New York
Ralph F. Verni, AB Colgate; MBA Columbia University
  Boston, Massachusetts
Edward M. Werner, AB Colgate; LLB University of Western Ontario
  Virgil, Ontario, Canada
Bruce F. Wesson, AB Colgate; MBA Columbia University
  Summit, New Jersey
George A. Whaling, AB Colgate
  Londonderry, Vermont
Deborah E. Wiley, BA Boston University
  New York, New York
Russell C. Wilkinson, AB Colgate
  New York, New York
Michael J. Wolk, AB, DSC Colgate; MD Columbia University
  New York, New York
Lee M. Woodruff, AB, LHD Colgate
  Rye, New York

* Alumni Trustee

University Alumni Corporation

The Colgate University Alumni Corporation, formed in 1919, is the successor to “The General Association of Alumni” established in 1825. Its members are the 33,000 living graduates and former students. The executive offices are currently at 10 Utica Street in Hamilton, New York.

The corporation is devoted to the advancement of the general welfare of the University by developing an active and enduring interest in its affairs among alumni. It provides a forum for alumni sentiment, and it directs organized programs of service to Colgate in many areas, including district clubs, alumni admission, and public relations.

The corporation maintains comprehensive records of all alumni, sends its publications to all members and parents of undergraduates, and coordinates activities with undergraduates and more than 60 District Alumni Clubs.

The corporation has elected members on its Alumni Council and representatives on the Board of Trustees of the University.


Melissa J. Coley ‘79, President    
Carmine DiSibio ‘85, Vice President    
Patricia Apelian ‘76, Treasurer    
Copeland G. Bertsche ‘63, Legal Counsel    
Timothy C. Mansfield, Executive Secretary    


Regional Vice Presidents

Susan L. Becker Gould ‘03, Metropolitan New York I
Elizabeth Orbe Fishcher ‘82, Metropolitan New York II
Elizabeth Levine-Brown ‘01, Mid-Atlantic
David L. Rea ‘82, Southwest/International
Kaela A. Mueller ‘09, New England
Elizabeth W. DiCesare ‘05, Upstate New York
Kevin A. McMurtry ‘88, Southeast
Emily R. Radovic ‘02, Far West
Stephen A. Rock ‘85, Midwest


Term ends 2019

Kathleen A. Dill ‘89, A.T.
Alden T. Doolittle ‘67
Debra A. Duarte ‘81
Robert P. Fenity ‘06
Christine Cronin Gallagher ‘83, A. T.
Scott S. Hague ‘96
John A. Hayes ‘88
Christian B. Johnson ‘02
Amr M. Nosseir ‘76
Kelechi A. Oguh ‘08
Gregory A. Threatte ‘69

Term ends 2020

Richard Burke ‘92
Chad Cooley ‘00
Max Haspel ‘95
Robert Sobelman ‘08
Patricia Spindel ‘79
Andrew Sweet ‘93
Priit Vesilind ‘64
Edward Witz ‘89
William Baker ‘70

Term ends 2021

Robert Austrian ‘85
Becky Bye ‘02
Karl W. Clauss ‘90
Thomas W. Dempsey ‘72, A.T.
Elizabeth W. DiCesare ‘05
Theresa D. Egler ‘77, A.T.
Robert C. Johnson ‘94, A.T.
Debra LoCastro ‘05
Shevorne O. Martin ‘08 
Ian Murphy ‘10
Timothy A. O’Neill ‘78
Andrew S. Roffe ‘68
Robert B. Seaberg ‘69, A.T.
Jon D. Tiktinsky ‘82

Term ends 2022

Lauri Curtis Hadobas ‘77
Gregory M. Dahlberg ‘98
Lauren P. D’Onofrio ‘82
Bruce S. Ferguson ‘91
Karl D. Fries ‘10
C. Thomas Kunz ‘72
John R. McQueen ‘70
Jessica M. Prata Cianciara ‘01
Jarrett R. Turner ‘04

A.T. Alumni Truste