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David A. Greene, an innovative leader at the University of Chicago and a champion of the liberal arts, has been named the 20th president of Colby College, Chair of the Colby College Board of Trustees Robert E. Diamond ’73 announced Sept. 10.
“Colby has a history of finding the right president for the times, and with the selection of David Greene, we have done so once more,” said Diamond. “He is the ideal person to usher Colby into its third century.” Greene will attend a reception at Colby Sept. 10 and take office July 1, 2014.
As executive vice president at the University of Chicago, Greene played a leadership role in advancing strategic priorities including an expansion of the faculty, the creation of new academic institutes and centers, financial aid initiatives, a civic engagement plan, and major investments to infrastructure in support of research and teaching. He was also responsible for recruiting senior leadership in areas including finance and administration, alumni relations and development, communications, student and campus life, and admissions and financial aid.
At the University of Chicago since 2006, Greene oversaw a master plan for campus growth that included $3.5 billion in capital projects, provided leadership for the university’s fundraising efforts, and played a key role in strengthening and diversifying the university’s applicant pool through strategic admissions and financial aid plans. He also helped to create several partnerships and institutes that have extended the university’s reach and impact, including initiatives to support scholarship and teaching in China, India, and Latin America, among other locations.
“The board was impressed — as we know the Colby community will be — by David’s bold ideas for our future and his track record as a collaborative and decisive leader. We are grateful to search committee chair Michael Gordon and to the entire committee for bringing such an extraordinary candidate to us for consideration,” said Diamond.
“Every board member knows that one of our most critical responsibilities is to hire great presidents, and I am confident that we’ve done that,” said search committee chair Michael L. Gordon ’66. “We are all looking forward to working with David as he assumes the presidency and for many years to come.”
Prior to his appointment at the University of Chicago, Greene was a vice president at Brown University. As at the University of Chicago, Greene’s leadership at Brown led to significant improvements and additions to campus facilities, a broad range of new student services, and a number of programs that enhanced the academic dimensions of residential and campus life. He began his career at Brown working with the president to develop a long-term strategic plan. Greene played a similar role at Smith College, where he helped oversee planning efforts that resulted in ambitious programmatic and facilities expansions.
Greene received a bachelor’s degree in history from Hamilton College and graduate degrees from Harvard University, including two masters’ degrees and a doctoral degree in administration, planning, and social policy. His research interests include the influence of social and political movements on U.S. higher education.
Greene will succeed William D. Adams, Colby’s president since 2000. Under Adams’s leadership the College has seen remarkable growth in many areas including the endowment, campus buildings, academic programs and research, civic engagement, and financial aid.