17th president of Colgate University

Brian W Casey standing at podium smiling

President Casey earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and economics at the University of Notre Dame, and then went on to earn a law degree from Stanford University Law School. He joined Davis Polk & Wardwell and practiced law in New York City and London. He then decided to leave the world of law and attended Harvard University, where he earned his PhD in the history of American civilization. 

After graduation, Casey spent about four years as assistant provost at Brown University, and in 2005 he returned to Harvard as an associate dean for academic affairs in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He served in that capacity until DePauw University called and in 2008 he would become that school’s 19th president, a role he held for seven years before becoming Colgate’s president on July 1, 2016.

President Casey has accomplished much in just a few short years, including the construction of three major buildings, two 100-bed residence halls, Jane Pinchin Hall and Burke Hall, and a new center for careers and post-graduate study, Benton Hall. President Casey also led a year-long series of events in celebration of the University's Bicentennial. 

President Casey, along with senior administrators, the Board of Trustees, and the University Faculty, have developed a comprehensive vision for Colgate titled The Third-Century Plan, which sets a long-term course for the University. Through The Third-Century Plan, Colgate will undertake significant investments in students, faculty, and the campus.