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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

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.

Leadership

Board Chair:
Denis F. Cronin ’69, P'09, '10
, retired senior partner, Vinson & Elkins and retired senior partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. For decades, he has been an active volunteer for Colgate, including prior service as a member of the board (1999–2008). He chaired the silent phase of the Passion for the Climb capital campaign, was a member of the search committee that hired Jeffrey Herbst as Colgate’s 16th president, spent two years on the Alumni Council, and was a member of the Parents’ Steering Committee of the Society of Families. Two of his children, Denis and Megan, graduated from Colgate in 2009 and 2010, respectively, and his wife, Linda, served as a member of the Society of Families steering committee. After graduating from Colgate, Cronin earned a JD from Fordham University, where he is a trustee and past-president of the Fordham Law School Alumni Association.

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Board Vice Chairs:
  • Robert A. Kindler ’76, P'04, '08, '12, global head of mergers and acquisitions and vice chairman of Morgan Stanley. Kindler received a BA from Colgate in 1976 and a JD from New York University School of Law in 1980. He joined Morgan Stanley after having been global head of mergers and acquisitions at JPMorgan for six years. Prior to that, he was a senior partner at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions for more than 20 years. As well as serving on Colgate’s Board of Trustees since 2002, Kindler is also on the Board of Trustees of New York University School of Law, the Board of Directors of March of Dimes (New York division), and the Board of Directors of the Levin Institute. His daughter, Emily, is a member of the Class of 2004, son William is a member of the Class of 2008, and son Dylan graduated in 2012.

  • Daniel B. Hurwitz ’86, founder and CEO of Raider Hill Advisors, LLC. 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.

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
Gretchen H. Burke '81, P'11
BA (Colgate), MBA (Harvard)
Philadelphia, Pa.
Retired Banker and Active Non-Profit Board Member
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.
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.
Partner, Appaloosa 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.
Margaret A. Flanagan ’80
BA (Colgate), JD (Georgetown)
Cambridge, Mass.
Retired Partner, Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault
Stephen J. Errico '85, P'16
BA (Colgate)
Ridgewood, N.J.
Managing Member, Locust Wood Capital Advisors LLC
Gregory J. Fleming '85
BA (Colgate), JD (Yale)
Bedford, N.Y.
President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; President, Morgan Stanley Investment Management
Jeanne A. Follansbee '78, P'08
BA (Colgate), MA, PhD (Boston University)
Cambridge, Mass.
Literary Scholar and Academic Administrator 
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
Michael J. Herling '79, P'08, '10, '12
BA (Colgate), JD (Stanford)
Darien, Conn.
Partner, Finn, Dixon & Herling LLP
Stephen R. Howe Jr. '83
BA (Colgate), MBA (New York University)
Pleasantville, N.Y.
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.
Safwan B. Shabab '10
BA (Colgate)
Chicago, Ill.
Graduate Student, Harvard Business School/Harvard Kennedy School
Robert B. Seaberg '69
BA (Colgate), Ph.D. (Syracuse)
Manhasset, NY
President, Intersect Consulting, LLC
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