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
, 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
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.