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Richard A. Ammons of Minneapolis, Minn., has been appointed vice president for college relations at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, effective November 1. Ammons brings to Colby more than 20 years of successful experience in development and advancement work at prestigious colleges and universities, most recently as vice president for college advancement at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., where he served from 1995 through 2003. As vice president at Colby he will direct the college’s development, alumni relations and communications offices.
Announcing the appointment, Colby President William D. Adams said, “Richard Ammons is a seasoned professional with a long record of success in higher education advancement, including some impressive results directing very successful capital campaigns. He knows the workings and the needs of institutions like Colby, and he has the leadership skills to help see the college achieve some very ambitious goals in the coming years.”
Ammons earned a bachelor’s degree at Amherst College, an M.B.A. at Stanford University and a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management, Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Prior to working for Macalester he was vice president for development at Morehouse College, and he worked in development at The Johns Hopkins University and Amherst before that. At Colby he will be a member of President Adams’s senior administrative staff.
Expressing eagerness to join Colby’s administration, Ammons said, “I have a real commitment to liberal arts colleges, having graduated from one and worked at several. They offer a special type of educational experience unavailable elsewhere, and Colby seems to share particular values that I hold dear.”
Ammons was selected after Colby conducted a national search to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Peyton Randolph Helm, who moved from Colby to Pennsylvania to become the president of Muhlenberg College. Ammons said he and his wife, Noel James, an artist and arts administrator, are eager to move to the Waterville area. His 10-year-old daughter, Moriah, will live part of the year in Maine with them.
Interests outside of Ammons’s academic career include service as a member of various boards, including The Penumbra Theater in St. Paul, the Minnesota Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Lands and the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, and as an alumni volunteer for Amherst, where he graduated in 1974.