He also strengthened Miami's long-standing commitment to undergraduate teaching and the liberal arts core and helped design the Miami Access Initiative, a program that provides all tuition and fees for students from families of limited means that has significantly increased socioeconomic diversity on campus. He worked with Miami's admission office to attract an unprecedented number of African-American applicants, raise the number of students from multicultural backgrounds to new highs, and increase the number of international students on campus several fold.
"Jeff is a person with deep personal values and a great appreciation of a liberal education and an excellent understanding of the changing nature of higher education," said Dr. David Hodge, president of Miami University. "He will be a tireless advocate for the university and its alumni, deeply engaged with everyone connected to Colgate. I wish him and Colgate University the very best."
Before his move to Miami, Herbst was on the faculty at Princeton University, where he also held a number of administrative positions including chair of the Department of Politics, director of the African Studies Program, chair of the faculty committee on study abroad, and acting associate dean of the Woodrow Wilson School.
"Jeff is an inspired choice to lead Colgate University," said Dr. Christina Paxson, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School and Hughes-Rogers Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. "He is deeply committed to undergraduate education, and appreciates the important role of faculty research and scholarship in a liberal arts education. Jeff also has boundless energy and enthusiasm. I expect his expertise in African politics, and his experience in a school of public and international affairs while at Princeton, will be valuable given Colgate's emphasis on global and local community involvement."
A political scientist, Herbst's extensive research and teaching expertise focused on the politics of sub-Saharan Africa, including peacekeeping, how the United States can promote democratic liberalization in Africa, and what the international community can do to further economic growth in less developed regions of the world. He is the author of several books and articles, including "States and Power in Africa," co-winner of the Gregory Luebbert Best Book Award from the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. He is also the author of, among others, New Order in Sight? The African Union, NEPAD, and the Future of a Continent (with Greg Mills, International Institute of Strategic Studies), and articles in Comparative Politics, Foreign Affairs, ForeignPolicy.com, International Organization, and International Security.