The Office of the Provost supports faculty and students. Members of the office have particular areas of responsibility, but any member of the office will be glad to receive questions or concerns.

Margaret T. McFadden

Provost and Dean of Faculty
Phone: 207-859-4772

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Oversight of tenure-track and continuing faculty hiring
  • Oversight of promotion and tenure review
  • Faculty performance review
  • Diversity initiatives
  • Department and program resource allocation and budgets
  • Oversight of academic resources and facilities
  • Trustee initiatives
  • Oversight of the Colby Libraries, Off-Campus Study, Department of Athletics

Russell R. Johnson

Associate Provost for Academic Programs
Phone: 207-859-4776

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Curricular oversight
  • Jan Plan curriculum
  • Department and program assessments
  • Faculty course evaluations
  • Summer student research
  • Hiring visiting faculty



Arne Koch

Dean for Global Engagement
Phone: 207-859-4788

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Global initiatives for faculty
  • Global initiatives for students


Carleen R. Mandolfo

Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity
Phone: 207-859-4787

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Faculty development
  • Faculty orientation
  • Faculty mentoring
  • Diversity


James M. Sloat

Associate Provost and Associate Dean of Faculty
Phone: 207-859-4786

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Academic affairs administration
  • Liaison to other administrative offices
  • Assessment/Accreditation
  • Academic schedule
  • Fellowships
  • Funded internships
  • The Colby Affirmation
  • Colby Liberal Arts Symposium

Mandy A. Grant

Executive Assistant to the Provost and Dean of Faculty
Phone: 207-859-4772

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Provide immediate support for the Provost
  • Scheduling for the Provost
  • Oversight of Academic Administrative Assistants
  • Maintain Faculty Records
  • Oversight of Music Associate, Language Assistant, and Jan Plan Records
  • Coordinate and organize special events
  • Coordinate faculty searches, placement of advertisements, and relocation
  • Maintain the Provost web page
  • Keeping and processing confidential files


Beverly J. Boose

Administrative Assistant
Phone: 207-859-4770

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Provide support for the Associate Provosts
  • Approve requests to use faculty start-up funds
  • Maintain records for named-chair research funds and faculty start-up funds
  • Process approved professional travel-grant requests and students’ special-project fund requests
  • Post faculty employment opportunities online
  • Review faculty reimbursement requests: travel grants, endowed chair funds, start-up funds