Douglas A. Hicks joined Colgate as provost and dean of the faculty in July 2012. He also holds an appointment as professor of religion.
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 noted theologian Ronald Thiemann and Nobel Prize–winning economist Amartya Sen.
A frequent commentator in the media, his scholarship focuses on leadership, religion in politics and the workplace, and the ethical dimensions of economic issues.
Hicks is author of four books: 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). In addition, he edited, with Thad Williamson, Leadership and Global Justice
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and, with Mark Valeri, Global Neighbors
(Eerdmans, 2008). Hicks is an editor, with J. Thomas Wren and Terry L. Price, of the three-volume International Library of Leadership
(Edward Elgar, 2004).
Hicks was formerly professor of leadership studies and religion in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, where he taught from 1998 until 2012. Founder of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, he led the development and launch of the University of Richmond Downtown initiative. Hicks was a board member of the Virginia Poverty Law Center and served as chair of the Richmond’s 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.