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Two new directors at Colby bring decades of experience to areas of critical importance as the College advances its national and international profile. Rebecca Brodigan, most recently vice president for institutional planning and assessment at Bowdoin College, started at Colby in February as director of institutional research. William Layton, most recently executive director of corporate and foundation relations at Brown University, will assume the role of director of corporate, foundation, and government relations at Colby April 13.

“We are very fortunate to welcome these talented leaders to Colby,” said President David A. Greene. “They will add significantly to our capacity to make effective decisions and secure resources in support of our academic programs.”


Rebecca Brodigan

Throughout her career, Brodigan has gathered and deployed institutional data in order to enhance both student learning and institutional performance. Her experience with Colby predates her arrival on campus. She worked with Colby faculty and staff as partners on the New England Consortium on Assessment and Student Learning project that conducted an extensive study of student learning at seven New England colleges. Prior to serving Bowdoin, Brodigan was director of institutional research, assessment, and planning at Middlebury College for 10 years. A native of Maine, she earned a master’s of public administration from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine.


William Layton

At Brown, Layton and his team focused on developing enduring partnerships and secured $52 million in grants over three years. Earlier in his career he served as director of foundation relations at the United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C., where he helped to establish partnerships in the areas of women’s and children’s health, energy and the environment, and worldwide campaigns for the eradication of polio and malaria. Layton also worked in corporate and foundation relations at Princeton University, University of Texas at Austin, and Stanford University. He earned his M.B.A. from the IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and holds an M.A. in international relations and a B.A. in liberal arts from Drew University.

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby offers a rigorous academic program rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 56 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,850 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.