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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.

Call for Nominations

The Nominating, Governance and Trustee Development Committee of the Board of Trustees welcomes recommendations for new members to bring guidance and wisdom to the university's governing board.

The board seeks energetic and committed people with expertise in areas including, but not limited to: higher education, finance, the arts, technology, global learning, legal affairs, marketing, or media relations. Nominees should display the ability to exercise informed, independent judgment and to act in the best interests of Colgate to properly steward the university's academic, program, and fiscal resources. Candidates should be willing to fully immerse themselves in the work of the board. They should place Colgate as a priority in terms of time and philanthropy, and be committed to staying abreast of the changing landscape of higher education.

The full board meets three times a year, and trustees are expected to participate in committee meetings and conference calls at other times. Trustees are also often asked to attend and/or host other university events. Each year, the board welcomes three to five new trustees for three-year terms that may be followed by two additional three-year terms.

Recommendations may be made by mail to:

Nominating, Governance and Trustee Development Committee
c/o Robert L. Tyburski '74, Secretary
Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346

Or by e-mailing


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, P’17, P’20  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, a reginal shopping mall developer based in NYC. He later served as Senior Vice President of Director of Real Estate and Corporate Development for Boscovs Department Store. Most recently he led numerous departments during a 16-year tenure at DDR (NYSE: DDR) culminating with service as CEO until 2015. Mr. Hurwitz is a frequent Speaker at real estate industry functions and is often a guest discussing retail and real estate trends on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business.

Professionally, Mr. Hurwitz is currently a member of the Board of Directors of General Growth Properties (NYSE: GGP), Brixmor Property Group (NYSE: BRX), Diamond’s Direct and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He also previously served as a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust (NAREIT) Executive Board of Governors, and Governance Committee, in addition to the Board of Directors of DDR Corp. (NYSE:DDR), CubeSmart (NYSE: CUBE), Sonae Sierra Brasil, SA (BVMF: SSBR3), and Boscov’s Department Store, Inc.

Outside of the retail real estate sector, Mr. Hurwitz previously served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Hawken School, member of the Board of Directors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, member of the Visiting Committee of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and chair of the Leadership Board of The Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute.

Board Vice Chairs

Gretchen H. Burke ’81, P’11, P'20 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

Daniel C. Benton '80, P'10, H'10
BA (Colgate), MBA (Harvard)
New York, NY
CEO, Andor Capital Management
Thomas S. Bozzuto, Jr. '96
BA (Colgate), MS, (New York University)
Baltimore, MD
President and CEO, The Bozzuto Group
Brian W. Casey
BA (University of Notre Dame), JD (Stanford), PhD (Harvard)
Hamilton, NY
President, Colgate University
Christine J. Chao '86, P'21
BA (Colgate), JD (Columbia University)
Riverside, CT
General Counsel, Foremost Group
H. Leroy Cody Jr. '71
BA (Colgate), MBA (University of Pennsylvania)
South Orange, NJ
Former Director, Lazard Asset Management  
Celia A. Colbert P'14
BA (Harvard) JD (Columbia)
Summit, NJ
Retired Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary & Assistant General Counsel, Merck & Co., Inc.
Gus P. Coldebella '91 
BA (Colgate), JD (Cornell)

Dover, MA
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary, Circle Internet Financial, Ltd. 
Eric A. Cole ’93
BA (Colgate)
New York, NY
Chief Executive Officer, Warlander Asset Management, LP
Teresa Delgado '88
BA (Colgate), MA, MPhil, PhD (Union Theological Seminary)
Mount Vernon, NY
Professor and Chairperson, Religious Studies; Director, Peace and Justice Studies at Iona College 
Thomas W. Dempsey, Jr. '72
BA (Colgate)
Hanover, PA
President and CEO, Kennie's Markets, Inc. 
Kathleen A. Dill '89
BA (Colgate)
New York, NY
Executive Director, Corporate & Investment Bank, J.P. Morgan
Carmine DiSibio '85, P '18, '21
BA (Colgate), MBA (New York University Stern School of Business) 
Summit, NJ
Global Managing Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP
Theresa Donahue Egler '77, P'07, '11
BA (Colgate), JD (Fordham)
Chester, NJ
Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Stephen J. Errico '85, P'16, '18
BA (Colgate)
Ridgewood, NJ
Managing Member, Locust Wood Capital Advisors LLC
Sonya A. Falcone '12
BA (Colgate), MBA Candidate (UCLA Anderson School of Management)
West Hollywood, CA 
Summer Associate, LocalConstruct 
Julian W. Farrior '93 
BA (Colgate)
Boulder, CO 
Founder, Backflip Studios
Jeanne A. Follansbee '78, P'08
BA (Colgate), MA, PhD (Boston University)
New Haven, CT
Dean of Yale Summer Session, Associate Dean of Yale College 
Christine C. Gallagher '83
BA (Colgate), MBA (New York University)
New York, NY
Managing Director, SunTrustRobinson and Humphrey
Andrew S. Greenfield ’74, P’12
BA (Colgate), MA (Brown), ABD (Brown)
Norwalk, CT
Founder, Thought Into Action Colgate Entrepreneurs; Retired Founder/CEO, Greenfield Consulting Group and Greenfield Online
John A. Hayes '88, P'19
BA (Colgate), MBA, (Northwestern University)
Boulder, CO
Chairman, President, CEO, Ball Corporation
Becky B. Hurley '81, P'12, '12
BA (Colgate), JD, (Northwestern University)
Winnetka, IL
Senior Land Use Advisor, The Lakota Group, Inc.
Robert C. Johnson '94
BA (Colgate)
Dallas, TX
Co-Founder and CEO, TeamSupport
William A. Johnston '73 
BA (Colgate), MBA (Syracuse)
Winchester, MA
Senior Advisor, HarbourVest Partners, LLC
Nina Kohler P'22
BA (Mississippi State) 
Kohler, WI 
Sweet Potato's Ladies Boutique
Creative Director and Owner 
Kristina Koroshetz '10
BA (Colgate)
Santa Monica, CA
Editor, goop 
Nora Gleason Leary '82
BA (Colgate), JD (Fordham)
Athens, Greece 
Attorney; former Chairman, Children's Brain Tumor Foundation
Joseph P. McGrath Jr., '85, P'15, '20
BA (Colgate), MBA, (University of Pennsylvania)
Summit, NJ 
Global Head of Banking, Barclays 
Duncan L. Niederauer ’81, H’13
BA (Colgate), DLitt (Colgate), MBA (Emory)
Far Hills, NJ
Founding Partner, Mountain Top Advisory Group 
Denniston M. Reid Jr. '94 
BA (Colgate), MA (Columbia University), Ph.D. Candidate (University of Pennsylvania) 
Harrington Park, NJ 
Chief Schools and Innovation Officer, Excellence Community Schools
Andrew W. Sweet '93
BA (Colgate) 
Darien, CT 
Partner, Bridgepoint Capital
Thomas B. Tyree Jr. '83
BA (Colgate), MBA (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania) 
Englewood, CO 
Chairman and CEO, Northwoods Energy, LLC 
Lee M. Woodruff '82, P'13, H'07
BA (Colgate), LHD (Colgate)
Rye, NY
Journalist/Communications Consultant