Colgate University's Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Herbst, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Miami University (Ohio), as Colgate's 16th president. The board has announced Herbst's appointment to the Colgate community and will welcome him to campus at an event scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 17. The event also will be broadcast live on the web at colgate.edu.
Herbst, 48, will take office in the summer of 2010 when he will succeed Interim President Dr. Lyle Roelofs, who assumed that role following the departure of Colgate's 15th president Dr. Rebecca Chopp, who is now president of Swarthmore College.
"Jeffrey Herbst articulated a vision for the liberal arts at a time when all of higher education is going through a period of reflection and readjustment," said Christopher Clifford '67, chair of Colgate's Board of Trustees. "Based on his knowledge of Colgate's mission and strategic direction, Jeff conveyed to the search committee his confidence in the university's ability to thrive in an ever more global, diverse, and interconnected world. We are confident that Jeff will build on Colgate's strengths and engage our community in exciting new efforts to strengthen our position as a leader in higher education."
"I am deeply honored to be appointed the 16th president of Colgate. The university exemplifies the very best in a liberal arts university at a time when our society is searching for answers that only this type of learning experience can provide. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, faculty, students, staff, and alumni to promote this extraordinary community of scholars and to prepare students for the great challenges of the twenty-first century," said Herbst.
Herbst comes to Colgate after serving for five years as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Miami University in Ohio. While at Miami, Herbst promoted internationalization by broadening the curriculum and expanding opportunities for study abroad, led efforts to increase access for students of limited means, promoted integrity on campus, and expanded the university's outreach efforts in the community.