Colgate University

Dean of Students

Hamilton, New York

Colgate University, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, seeks an energetic, motivated, and highly visible Dean of Students to serve as a trusted resource for students on campus. Reporting to the Vice President and Dean of the College, the Dean of Students takes an active leadership role in developing students into balanced mature adults. The dean oversees a robust portfolio and has direct responsibility for a number of key functional areas within the division, including wellness; diversity and multicultural affairs; student leadership and development; religious and spiritual life; LGBTQ initiatives; and fraternity and sorority advising. Beyond these core areas, the successful candidate will be a key partner for the VP, serving as a senior leader in the division.

This is a distinctive opportunity for an accomplished professional with a strategic approach to student affairs to elevate the breadth and depth of resources available to Colgate students. It is a time of exciting transition for the University with President Brian W. Casey beginning his second year on campus and Paul J. McLoughlin II starting his first year as Vice President and Dean of the College. The energy on campus is palpable and important new initiatives are well underway, including the development of four Residential Commons living/learning communities for all first- and second-year students working directly with eight faculty co-directors. The next dean will provide leadership to the dean of students’ office and serve as a collaborative partner to the VP and Dean of the College; ensure that issues are addressed and resolved across campus; further develop students’ ability to be resilient; and guide Colgate to be a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution. 

Celebrating its bicentennial in academic year 2019-2020, Colgate has developed a distinctive identity and has sought a special purpose among institutions of higher learning. The next dean will have an understanding of and appreciation for a residential liberal arts education; a passion for providing support and opportunities for Colgate’s students; an authentic appreciation for Colgate’s history and traditions, as well as a vision of its potential; a deep understanding of the educational value of a diverse community; and a firm but fair approach to the resolution of conflict.

A search committee composed of students, staff, and faculty has been assembled to identify a new dean. Colgate will be assisted by the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller. Inquiries, nominations, and applications, which will remain confidential, should be directed to the search firm at

Colgate University is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to consider this leadership position. The university’s commitment to inclusivity encompasses, but is not limited to, diversity in nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability.