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Jeffrey Herbst named president of Colgate University


Provost Jeffrey Herbst
Letter from President Hodge

Dear Colleagues,

I am very proud to share with you the news that Jeff Herbst, Miami’s Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, has been named President of Colgate University beginning July 1, 2010.

Jeff became Miami’s Provost in July 2005 and has helped to build Miami’s quality through many important initiatives including: the adoption of the Global Miami Plan, a new scholarship policy that allows students to utilize their scholarships for study abroad, the implementation of Miami’s Top 25 initiative, a comprehensive review of graduate programs, new policies that eliminate the distinction between academic and other integrity violations, clarified norms and expectations for faculty workload, development of new appointment structures that encourage interdisciplinary scholarship, and the opening of the Voice of America Learning Center.

Jeff will continue at Miami through the spring 2010 semester. A search for a new Provost will begin immediately. Carine Feyten, Dean of Education, Health, and Society has agreed to chair the search committee.

Please join me in congratulating Jeff on his new position and in wishing him the best as he begins his tenure at Colgate.

David Hodge

More background on Provost Herbst

Herbst came to Miami in 2005 from Princeton University, where he was professor of politics and international affairs and chair of the department of politics. He also had been a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

At Miami, Herbst helped shape the university’s involvement in the new University System of Ohio, established an academic affiliation with the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Tibet among other actions to expand study abroad opportunities, and has overseen the work of a regional campus committee that made recommendations to integrate systems at the campuses and increase autonomy.

He has maintained his academic scholarship, publishing on topics related to political leadership in sub-Saharan Africa.

Colgate University's announcement of Herbst's appointment is online.


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