Colby College has named Jane Phillips, the highly successful leader of The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges, as associate vice president for college advancement. A 2001 graduate of Colby, Phillips’s extensive experience in philanthropy will support her critical role in the College’s ambitious and innovative Dare Northward campaign.
“Jane’s work at Maine’s community college foundation, and her previous experience at Yale and at New York University, make her the seasoned professional we need in this position,” said Vice President for College Advancement Daniel G. Lugo. “We’re also excited to welcome her back to her alma mater.”
In her current leadership role, Phillips carried out a strategic program to advance the foundation’s mission in support of the state’s system of seven community colleges. Previously she served as director of development for the Yale School of Art and Yale University Library and in similar roles at NYU. Early in her career, Phillips was a development officer at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. At Colby, she majored in art and government, and she holds an M.A. in visual arts administration from NYU.
“Colby is demonstrating the extraordinary leadership and vision needed to move liberal arts education toward its full potential,” Phillips said. “As an alumna, it is an honor to join Colby at such a remarkable moment in the history of the College.”
Phillips will manage a large team engaged in the College’s most ambitious comprehensive campaign to date.
Colby launched the public phase of its campaign last October, having raised more than $380 million during a leadership phase toward a goal of $750 million. Dare Northward is aimed at leveraging the College’s existing strengths to enhance student experiences, improve outcomes, and produce generations of leaders to tackle the world’s greatest challenges.
Phillips starts her new role at Colby May 7, 2018.