During his tenure as Colgate’s 16th president, Jeffrey Herbst helped the university to complete its historic $480 million Passion for the Climb fundraising campaign
and extended its impact in a transformational way by raising an additional $54 million for financial aid. He led the development of the university-wide strategic plan, Living the Liberal Arts in Our Third Century, which will guide Colgate’s future by fostering curricular and pedagogical innovations, creating residential learning communities, and further building and renovating our physical campus. He championed the Class of 1965 Arena
opening in 2016, as well as the Center for Art and Culture
, and a new center for career services.
Herbst increased the size of the faculty at a time when many schools were cutting back. He strengthened Colgate’s internationalization
and global initiatives, by providing additional financial assistance to students studying abroad, expanding study abroad locations and options, and supporting the mission of the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs
. His focus on entrepreneurship led to the creation of Thought Into Action Colgate Entrepreneurs
Prior to his arrival at Colgate, Herbst served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and professor of political science at Miami University. He was chair of the Department of Politics at Princeton University, where he also earned his BA summa cum laude.
His research focuses on the politics of sub-Saharan Africa. He is author of the award-winning States and Power in Africa
and, with co-author Dr. Greg Mills, How South Africa Works and Must Do Better
, and Africa’s Third Liberation
. A consultant to a variety of international organizations and federal agencies, Herbst has received two Fulbright scholarships and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He earned his MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees in political science from Yale University.
Congo Doesn't Really Exist
Chicago Tribune, July 3rd, 2013: "The international community needs to recognize a simple, albeit brutal fact: The Democratic Republic of the Congo does not exist. All of the peacekeeping missions, special envoys, interagency processes and diplomatic initiatives that are predicated on the Congo myth — the notion that one sovereign power is present in this vast country — are doomed to fail. It is time to stop pretending otherwise." We wrote those words four years ago...