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Douglas A. Hicks

Colgate’s provost and dean of the faculty has led the development and implementation of strategic academic priorities: internationalization, technology, civic engagement, and pedagogical innovation.
Douglas Hicks writes and teaches on ethics, religion, and public leadership.
Douglas Hicks came to Colgate as provost and dean of the faculty in July 2012. He oversees the academic divisions of Colgate’s faculty, as well as university libraries, information technology, athletics, museums, and the office of equity and diversity. Hicks has focused efforts on building a dynamic curriculum for Colgate’s third century and on integrating curricular and co-curricular initiatives within the strategic plan’s focus on Living the Liberal Arts.

Members of the faculty in front of Santiago Cathedral
Hicks is also a professor of religion at Colgate. He is author of four books on leadership, religion in public life, and the ethical dimensions of economic issues: Money Enough (Jossey-Bass, 2010); With God on All Sides (Oxford University Press, 2009); Religion and the Workplace (Cambridge University Press, 2003); and Inequality and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2000). He has edited, with colleagues, five additional volumes.

Hicks received an AB magna cum laude with honors in economics from Davidson College, an MDiv summa cum laude from Duke University, and MA and PhD degrees from Harvard University, where he studied with the late theologian Ronald Thiemann and Nobel Prize–winning economist Amartya Sen.

Before arriving at Colgate, Hicks served as professor of leadership studies and religion in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond. Founder of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, he led the development and launch of the University of Richmond Downtown initiative. At Richmond Hicks served as chair of its University Faculty Council. He received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV), the commonwealth’s highest recognition for professors.

An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Hicks has held visiting faculty positions at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond and at the Harvard Divinity School. He is a former president of the Academy of Religious Leadership and former chair of the Religion and Social Sciences section of the American Academy of Religion.

He is married to Catherine L. Bagwell, a professor of psychology at Colgate; they have two children, Noah and Ada.
Hicks balances a sense of fun with a serious approach to scholarly work. As part of the Global Leaders Lecture Series, Hicks spoke with former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, and fielded questions from students. In 2013, Hicks was an influential figure in the repatriation of indigenous Australian artwork from Colgate's collections to the collections of Curtin University in Australia. Hicks is a supporter of the value of athletics to the educational experience.


Dean of College, Dean of Faculty collaborate on residential learning communities
The first of four residential learning communities on the Colgate campus will launch in fall 2015. The community will accommodate 200 sophomores and 200 first-year students in Curtis and Drake Halls and will be co-led by Rebecca Shiner, professor of psychology, and Mark Shiner, university chaplain. READ MORE
Trustees approve construction of Center for Art and Culture
The $21-million center — designed by renowned architect David Adjaye — will feature a new 17,000-square-foot structure consisting of three connecting “volumes” that will be used as flexible and spacious galleries. READ MORE
Transformative gifts propel Colgate’s strategic internationalization
Colgate is in the middle of everywhere, and a new series of gifts is powering the university’s commitment to international engagement, as envisioned in the 2014–2019 strategic plan. READ MORE
Mellon grant to assist Colgate’s investigation of online learning technologies
Colgate University and Hamilton College receive a $91,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to further their exploration of online learning technologies within the residential liberal arts context. READ MORE
Op-ed published in Huffington Post: "The Liberal Arts Contribution to edX"
With his counterpart, Patrick Reynolds of Hamilton College, Hicks discusses the potential benefits and pitfalls of liberal arts experimentation in online educational platforms. READ MORE
Colgate University, Hamilton College announce partnership as new edX members
Colgate and Hamilton commit to collaborate with edX to provide non-credit courses and modules to their respective alumni communities and to the broad public. READ MORE
Hicks welcomes New York Six International Initiative funded by Mellon grant
Colgate joins its upstate New York partner institutions to buttress its internationalization efforts. READ MORE
Colgate hosts Patriot League chief academic officers meeting
In light of national challenges facing NCAA Division I athletics, the provosts discuss the Patriot League’s commitment to embody the true scholar-athlete model. READ MORE
Teagle grant to support Colgate, 5 other schools in blended-learning project
Colgate joins its partners in the New York Six to explore hybrid learning—in person and online engagement—across its campuses. READ MORE
Colgate returns aboriginal children's artwork to Australia
Hicks represented Colgate at a signing ceremony at Curtin University, Perth, Australia, as part of the voluntary repatriation of a remarkable art collection.
Hicks presents "Great Minds" lecture on religious leadership and social change
How do religious ideas help fuel social change? Hicks discussed how transformative leaders embody and articulate society-shaping ideas through the communities they form and the narratives they tell. READ MORE
Colgate receives $700,000 Mellon grant to fund new Sophomore Residential Seminars
In collaboration with Dean of the College Suzy Nelson, Provost Hicks crafted a proposal to create year-long learning communities that serve as the centerpiece of sophomore’s academic experience. READ MORE
Convocation for first-year students
Hicks focused his first major address at Colgate, delivered to the faculty and the incoming first-year Class of 2016, on the power of tradition and the need for dynamism within tradition in order to stay vital. READ MORE