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Dean of the College

The Dean of the College staff is student centered in our approach to creating enriching and safe campus environments and developing opportunities for students to learn and lead beyond a formal classroom setting.
Suzy Nelson, dean of the college

Support for First-years

Here are the division members who can best help Class of 2018 students as they join the campus community. 
Division Members

Marrlee Burgess
Associate Dean for Administrative Advising
103 Lathrop

Christina Khan
Assistant Dean and Director of International Student Services
103 Lathrop

Michele Carney
Commencement Coordinator / Senior Administrative Assistant
112 McGregory

Lindsay Manwarren
Orientation Coordinator /Administrative Assistant
116 McGregory

Student Drop–in Hour

Suzy Nelson, dean of the college, and Scott Brown, dean of students, invite students to stop by during their open-door hour. They are eager to hear whatever you have to say. 

Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
112 McGregory Hall
*(during academic year; please refer to online calendar)

Contact Information

Office of the Dean of the College and 
the Dean of Students
112 McGregory Hall
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
Phone: 315-228-7425

Mission Statement

Student learning begins with a rich and varied educational experience that integrates the formal academic program with all of campus life. Colgate students will develop habits of learning that are characteristic of a residential liberal arts education and that are guided by six principles: intellectualism, citizenship, accountability, access and inclusion, personal growth and wellness, and a lifelong connection to Colgate.

Diversity Statement

The Dean of the College recognizes and appreciates the unique talents and contributions of each individual with whom we work. The division encourages ongoing diversity education and expects our staff to approach this endeavor with a sense of open-mindedness and willingness to experience the unfamiliar with respectful communication. We facilitate exploration, learning, and understanding of identity development and social justice issues, resulting in an inclusive and supportive community where each voice is heard and valued.

Guiding Principles

We will:
— Partner with students to help them mature into successful and independent adults.
— Exhibit professionalism, collegiality, and a student-centered approach to our work as educators.
— Respect and support each other, as well as the students, faculty, staff, and alumni with whom we work.
— Collaborate and communicate effectively in furthering our shared goals.
— Create and cultivate community within and outside of the DoC division.
— Place a high value on continued professional growth and development as we work toward excellence.
— Evaluate our work as a division, make adjustments as needed, and celebrate our accomplishments.