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Board of Trustees

The board’s members represent a broad range of backgrounds and have responsibility for stewardship of the university.


Membership on Colgate’s 35-seat board of trustees includes alumni, parents of students, and the university president. Six of Colgate’s trustees are members of the Alumni Council and serve as alumni trustees to provide council perspective and facilitate communication between the two groups. Additionally, the president of the Alumni Council sits with the board as a non-voting ex officio member. Vice President Robert Tyburski ’74 serves as secretary to the board.



Board Chair

Daniel B. Hurwitz ’86, founder and CEO of Raider Hill Advisors, LLC and interim CEO of Brixmor Property Group. He is a graduate of Colgate University and the Wharton School of Business Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Early in his career he worked with the Shopco Group, before serving as Senior Vice President and Director of Real Estate and Corporate Development for Boscov's Department Store. Most recently, he led numerous departments during a 16-year tenure at DDR Corp (NYSE: DDR), culminating with serving as CEO starting in 2010. He is also Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Hawken School, a member of the Board of Directors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a member of the Visiting Committee of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, in addition to serving on the boards of several professional organizations.

Board Vice Chairs

  • Gretchen H. Burke ’81, P’11, is a retired banker and active non-profit board member. Gretchen became involved with her children’s day school, the Episcopal Academy, and was elected the first female board chair in the institution’s over 220 year history in 2005. During her five-year tenure, she oversaw a $200 million building project, a successful $100 million capital campaign and the creation of a new strategic plan. In addition, Gretchen was recently awarded the 1785 Bowl award, Episcopal Academy's most prestigious award. She is currently the board chair of Steppingstone Scholars, which helps inner city children in Philadelphia get on the path to college success through intensive summer tutoring and year-round counseling. Gretchen also serves on the board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and was on the board of the Philadelphia Zoo for 10 years and co-chaired their campaign to build the new Children’s Zoo. After graduating from Colgate, she obtained her MBA from Harvard University and worked for a number of years at Security Pacific Bank in Los Angeles.

  • Michael J. Herling ’79, P’08, P’09, P’12, Mike is founder and the Managing Partner of Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, a law firm located in Stamford, Connecticut. Mike has been an active volunteer for Colgate for many years. He chaired the search committee that hired Brian Casey as Colgate’s 17th president, served as the chair of the Presidents’ Club Membership Committee and served for ten years on Colgate’s Alumni Council. Mike’s wife, Nancy ’81, also served as a member of the Alumni Council and each of their three children, Doug ’08, Scott ’10 and Will ’12 graduated from Colgate. After graduating from Colgate, Mike earned a JD from Stanford Law School where he has served on the Board of Visitors. Among other activities, Mike also serves on the Board of Directors of The Business Council of Fairfield County and is the past Chair of the Board of the Stamford Hospital.

Other Members

Brion B. Applegate '76
BA (Colgate), MBA (Harvard)
Atherton, Calif.
Founder, Senior Managing Director, Spectrum Equity Investors, LLP
Dewey J. Awad II '90
BA (Colgate), MBA (Georgetown University)
Weston, Mass.
Managing Director, Brookside Capital LLC
Daniel C. Benton '80, P'10, H'10
BA (Colgate), MBA (Harvard)
New York, N.Y.
CEO, Andor Capital Management
Christine J. Chao '86
BA (Colgate), JD (Columbia University)
Riverside, Conn.
General Counsel, Foremost Group
H. Leroy Cody Jr. '71
BA (Colgate), MBA (University of Pennsylvania)
South Orange, N.J.
Retired Director, Alternative Investment Marketing
Celia A. Colbert P'14
BA (Harvard) JD (Columbia)
Summit, N.J.
Retired Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary & Assistant General Counsel, Merck & Co., Inc.
Gus P. Coldebella '91 
BA (Colgate), JD (Cornell)

Boston, MA
Principal, Fish & Richardson
Eric A. Cole ’93
BA (Colgate)
New York, N.Y.
Chief Executive Officer, Warlander Asset Management, LP 
Nancy C. Crown P'10
James Madison University
Winnetka, Ill.
Principal, Henry Crown and Company
Thomas W. Dempsey, Jr.'72
BA (Colgate)
Hanover, PA
President and Chief Executive Officer, International Snack Food Association
Kathleen A. Dill '89
BA (Colgate)
New York, N.Y.
Executive Director, Global Business & Executive Communications Group, J.P. Morgan
Margaret D. Dunne'13
BA (Colgate)
Scarsdale, NY
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lakota Children's Enrichment, Inc.
Stephen J. Errico '85, P'16 , P'18
BA (Colgate)
Ridgewood, N.J.
Managing Member, Locust Wood Capital Advisors LLC
Gregory J. Fleming '85
BA (Colgate), JD (Yale)
Bedford, N.Y.
Senior Research Scholar and Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Yale Law School 
Jeanne A. Follansbee '78, P'08
BA (Colgate), MA, PhD (Boston University)
New Haven, CT
Dean of Yale Summer Sessions, Associate Dean of Yale College 
Christine C. Gallagher '83
BA (Colgate), MBA (New York University)
New York, N.Y.
Managing Director, SunTrustRobinson and Humphrey
Andrew S. Greenfield ’74, P’12
BA (Colgate), MA (Brown), ABD (Brown)
Norwalk, Conn.
Founder, Thought Into Action Entrepreneurship Institute; Retired Founder/CEO, Greenfield Consulting Group and Greenfield Online
Jill Harsin  
BA (Missouri State), MA, PhD (Iowa)
Hamilton, N.Y.
Interim President, Colgate University
Linda J. Havlin '72, P'10
BA (Colgate), MBA (Northwestern)
Chicago, Ill.
Retired Former Executive Vice President, Engaged Health Solutions; Former Worldwide Partner, Mercer
Stephen R. Howe Jr. '83
BA (Colgate), MBA (New York University)
Pleasantville, N.Y.
U.S. Chairman and Americas Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
William A. Johnston '73 
BA (Colgate), MBA (Syracuse)
Winchester, Mass.
Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners, LLC
Ronald A. Joyce '73
BA (Colgate)
Yarmouth, Maine
Fundraising Consultant
Duncan L. Niederauer ’81, H’13
BA (Colgate), DLitt (Colgate), MBA (Emory)
Far Hills, N.J.
Founding Partner, Mountain Top Advisory Group 
Daniel L. Rosensweig P'15, '17
BA (Hobart)
Woodside, Calif.
Chief Executive Officer, Chegg Inc.
Robert B. Seaberg '69
BA (Colgate), Ph.D. (Syracuse)
Manhasset, NY
President, Intersect Consulting, LLC
Safwan B. Shabab '10
BA (Colgate)
Boston, MA
Graduate Student, Harvard Business School/Harvard Kennedy School
Joanne D. Spigner '76
BA (Colgate), MBA (New York University)
Madison, N.J.
Founder, VisionFirst
William T. Winters '83
BA (Colgate), MBA (University of Pennsylvania)
London, England
Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank
Lee M. Woodruff '82, P'13, H'07
BA (Colgate), LHD (Colgate)
Rye, N.Y.
Journalist and Author