The 20th President of Colby College
David A. Greene took office as president of Colby on July 1, 2014. Prior to this appointment President Greene was executive vice president at the University of Chicago. He previously served in leadership roles at Brown University and Smith College.
At the University of Chicago Greene oversaw numerous departments and units and many of the highest priority initiatives of the university. These included the university’s affiliation with the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, the establishment of the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, the development of research and teaching centers in Beijing and New Delhi, the revitalization of community and commercial areas in Chicago, a master plan to support $3.5 billion in facilities and infrastructure improvement and expansion, and capital projects including new residence halls, research buildings, and arts facilities.
Prior to joining the University of Chicago administration, in 2006, Greene was a vice president at Brown, where he was the senior officer responsible for policies and planning that optimized the educational environment for the university’s undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. He also worked with the president to develop the Plan for Academic Enrichment, the university’s long-term plan. He played a similar role at Smith College, where he helped oversee planning efforts that resulted in an ambitious program of facilities and programmatic expansion. Early in his career he held appointments at Hartnell College and Wells College.
Greene’s research interests include social and political movements and their influence on individuals and institutions and the economics of education. He is the author of The Women’s Movement and the Politics of Change at a Women’s College. Greene speaks frequently to international audiences about globalization and education.
Greene received a bachelor’s degree in history from Hamilton College and a master’s degree in human development and psychology as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in education and social policy from Harvard University.