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Working Group on the Campus Master Plan

Colgate recently completed a campus master plan addressing how to best meet the university’s academic mission, future campus needs, and commitment to sustainability through the ongoing evolution of our physical space.
The cover of the Colgate Master Plan, featuring an image of campus.

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Colgate Master Plan Final Report, January 24, 2014

Residential Vision for Students in the Village

The Village of Hamilton is a popular option with seniors. A total of 250 students live in the village core and village neighborhoods. The village core presence is beneficial because it supports village retail and character; the neighborhood presence is problematic because it can be disruptive and uses valuable housing stock that is needed for faculty, staff and others choosing to live in Hamilton.

The original master plan recommended concentrating 150 off-campus students in the village core and removing the student presence from the village neighborhoods north of Kendrick Avenue. However, the number of new beds originally envisioned to be built on campus within the next decade has been reduced. Therefore, for the near term, the university will continue to release 250 students to live primarily in the village core.


Revised October 2013
  • Frank (David) Bowers, Associate Director of Facilities and Facilities Program Manager (staff to the committee)
  • Steven Chouinard, Assistant Director of Athletics for Medical Services; Head Athletic Trainer
  • Lesleigh Cushing, Associate Professor of Religion & Jewish Studies 
  • Paul Fick, Associate Vice President for Facilities
  • Randall Fuller, Professor of Biology & Environmental Studies
  • Matthew Haley '14, student representative
  • Robert McVaugh, Professor of Art & Art History
  • Scott Meiklejohn, Trustee, Chair of Capital Assets Committee
  • Daniel Monk, Professor of Peace & Conflict Studies and Geography
  • Nancy Pruitt, Professor  of Biology, Associate Dean of the Faculty
  • John Pumilio, Sustainability Coordinator 
  • Bruce Selleck, Professor of Geology
  • Susan Smith, Associate Dean of the College
  • Kegan Thompson '16, student representative
  • Carolee White, Associate Vice President for Finance and Assistant Treasurer (committee chair)

Planning Process Website

To effectively garner input and feedback from the Colgate community, developments in the master planning process were shared online at


The presentation of the final master plan report to the Board of Trustees on January 24, 2014 completed the Advisory and Planning Committee's (APC) charge to this working group. The master planning process has now entered the implementation phase.
A view of the Colgate campus from the bottom of the hill.

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Original Charge to the Committee

Under the direction of the APC and in conjunction with the APC’s efforts to guide the development of a new strategic plan for Colgate, this subcommittee was formed to develop a campus master plan for the Colgate campus, facilities, and land.

A campus master plan is typically centered on the question of "How can an institution best use its land and buildings to meet its future program needs?" That broad charge remains; however, a plan that looks too far into the future runs the risk of being so broad that it is inconsequential soon after its completion. As a result, this campus planning process will focus on more near-term (up to 15 years) campus utilization issues. We envision that the campus master plan will respond to a set of specific questions, challenges, and opportunities facing Colgate as we plan for the future. Areas of inquiry will not only focus on the inevitable long-term expansion of facilities but must also address the university’s commitment to sustainability and responsible land use.

The last Colgate campus master plan was completed in 1990 with the assistance of Dober, Lidsky, Craig & Associates, Inc. In January of 1997, a “Lower Campus Master Plan Report” was issued in collaboration with Cooper, Robertson & Partners. Given the span of time and the campus facility changes that have taken place over the last two decades, it is clear that a new campus planning effort is necessary for Colgate. The subcommittee will consult with the Campus Planning and Physical Resource Committee (CPPRC) throughout this process.