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Chief of Staff Hamilton, NY

Colgate University seeks a dedicated and strategic professional to serve as Chief of Staff to the President. This individual will serve the President, and the Office of the President, at a time of significant strategic planning at the University. She or he will help to organize, coordinate, and translate initiatives and plans being developed across the University into action while working with administrators, faculty committees, and the Board of Trustees.

Colgate is among the most selective liberal arts colleges in the country, renowned for its intellectual rigor, the beauty and vitality of its campus, and the contributions of its alumni across a variety of fields and endeavors. The University boasts small classes, a strong emphasis on faculty-student interaction, and a residential community valuing all forms of intellectual rigor. Colgate’s faculty are leading teachers and scholars, committed to intellectual engagement in all its forms. Colgate’s approximately 2,900 highly motivated, selectively admitted students achieve intellectually, athletically, and artistically, and are actively engaged in the world around them.

It is an exciting moment at Colgate University with a president in his second year, newly-formed senior administrative team, capital campaign in development, and institutional bicentennial celebration on the horizon. The President has engaged the faculty, the staff and administration, and the Board of Trustees in a comprehensive planning effort designed to significantly strengthen Colgate across the totality of its mission.

The inaugural Chief of Staff will have an understanding of and appreciation for a residential liberal arts education; drive to foster strategic discussions and forward institutional planning; appreciation of Colgate’s history and traditions, as well as vision for its potential; understanding of the educational value of a diverse community; ability to diplomatically operate in a complex environment; and desire to build relationships and interact with a broad range of individuals both internally and externally.

Ponneh Varho is leading this search with Carrie Alexander.

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.


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