The Colgate Scene
September 2001

Around the college

The traditional Fourth of July parade wound through downtown, where projects have been blooming all summer. The public library, streetscapes and a totally redone village green are among the changes coming.
Staff appointments, promotions, changes

Jack Dovidio, Charles A. Dana Professor of psychology, will serve this year as interim provost and dean of the faculty, following the appointment of Jane Pinchin as interim president of the university.

On the president's staff, Sally Baker has been appointed associate vice president for communications.

Associate Registrar Gretchen Herringer has been promoted to registrar following the retirement of Edith Reile, who had been with the office for 24 years.

Tim Borfitz, director of technology support, will serve as acting chief information officer while a national search is conducted following the departure of Karen Leach, who was appointed chief financial officer at Hamilton College.

In student affairs, Jim Terhune, dean of first-year students, was promoted to associate dean of the college. Beverly A. Low was appointed dean of first-year students. Carrie McLaughlin will serve as director of residential life for 2001-2002. Barbara Moore, associate director of career services, has assumed the duties of director of career services for 2001-2002. Valerie Schiavo has joined the staff as director of fraternity and sorority affairs.

Carolee White, associate controller and director of internal audit, was promoted to director of financial analysis and investments, filling the vacancy opened with the appointment of David Hale '84 to financial vice president and treasurer (see People on the go).

Board of Trustee Chair John Golden '66 has announced the composition of the committee that will begin meeting in September to conduct a national search for Colgate's 15th president. Chaired by Howard Ellins '73, the search committee will include ten trustees, five members of the faculty, two students and one member of the professional staff.

Trustee members of the search committee in addition to Golden and Ellins will be William Browne '67, Denis Cronin '79, Andrew Heyward SF'00, Gwendolyn Smith Iloani '77, Robert W. Jones '72, G. Peter O'Brien '67, Emily Park '98 and Ralph Verni '64.

Faculty members of the search committee were elected at the first fall meeting of the faculty, after this issue went to press. Vice President for University Relations Robert Tyburski '74 will represent the staff, and Student Government Association President Noah Schwarz '02 and Senior Class President Allison McGuerty '02 will represent students. James Leach, secretary to the board, will staff the search.

A search firm that had not been selected at press time will assist in the process of identifying Colgate's next president, Golden said. He added that he and Ellins have been developing background for the committee by speaking with the chairs of boards and presidential search committees from more than a dozen leading liberal arts colleges and universities. Golden and Ellins have also been in contact with trustee and faculty representatives to earlier Colgate presidential searches, conversations that Golden described as most helpful.

"I have enormous confidence in the members of the search committee and in Howard Ellins' ability to lead the committee in a national search that will identify one or more exceptional candidates for consideration by the full Board of Trustees," Golden said.

He said that he expects the board, acting on the search committee's recommendations, will have identified the college's next president by early spring, and that the new president will take office during the summer of 2002.


The McGregory Hall cupola received plenty of attention this summer, including carpentry repairs and new copper flashing. Indeed, the entire building was repointed as part of a long list of summer maintenance. Air violin was not on the official list of offerings at the Eastern U.S. Music Camp, but this student found it beneficial to work on his fingering with his instrument still in the case.


Grants to Colgate

Colgate has received grants of more than $675,000 to support Asian studies, faculty development and study abroad.

The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. has awarded Colgate funds to launch a new junior faculty position in Chinese language and culture. The four-year grant will cover salary, benefits and a program fund. The new position will allow Colgate to offer a major concentration in Chinese language and literature and will enhance the interdisciplinary Asian studies program and the China Study Group. Colgate was one of just 10 colleges to receive funding this year from the Luce Fund for Asian Studies.

From the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Colgate received $260,000 for the interdisciplinary environmental studies program. This three-year grant will fund summer research assistantships and internships for students. In addition, it will support a new lab technician specializing in geographic information systems (GIS) computer programs and an environmental studies program assistant.

A second, four-year Mellon Foundation grant of $283,000 will fund development and implementation of new models for study abroad. Building on Colgate's unique program of faculty-led study groups, the grant will allow Colgate to enhance partnerships with institutions abroad. Funds will support student and faculty exchanges, new courses, joint information literacy programs and a new staff position.

Another Fulbright scholar

In June, Jonathan Sakanai '01, an international relations and Russian major, received word that he had been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study how the interests of the government influence journalism in Russia.

Johnston keynote presenter

Michael Johnston, professor of political science, was one of several academics, government prosecutors and officials from 23 nations who attended the international conference "Corruption within Security Forces: A Threat to National Security" at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The FBI, the German Federal Criminal Police and the Marshall Center co-sponsored the event.

Johnston was a keynote presenter at the conference, where he discussed "`Cross-Border Corruption': Points of Vulnerability and Challenges for Reform." Johnston served as 2000-2001 director for Colgate's Center for Ethics and World Societies, whose theme was corruption for that year.

Attendees discussed the value of going public about corruption investigations and the risks that might loom in countries that historically do not allow open records and meetings. They considered ways in which corruption threatens the development of democratic-type institutions, exchanged ideas on how to contain corruption and shared successful prosecutions of corruption. Also considered was the extent to which prosecutors should go public with their investigations if they believe the "light of day" will aid the success of their cases.

Following the conference, at The Global Forum on Fighting Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity (hosted by The Netherlands Ministry of Justice) at The Hague, Johnston made a presentation titled "Independent Anti-Corruption Commissions: Success Stories and Cautionary Tales."

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