Colgate University is taking proactive steps to protect the campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To make informed decisions on the often aggressive timeline dictated by the crisis, Colgate turns to established committees and working groups that include broad representation from the faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, and student body. As recommendations come from these groups, the appropriate University governance committees will be consulted and asked to contribute to the planning efforts.

Task Force on the Reopening of the Colgate Campus

This task force is charged with developing criteria and guidelines for a safe opening of the campus, in whole or in part, or in stages. They will develop a timeline of decision points, provide regular updates to the campus community, and offer recommendations as plans develop.

  • Co-Chair: Paul J. McLoughlin II, Vice President and Dean of the College
  • Co-Chair: Geoff Holm, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Gus Coldebella, Trustee 
  • Dan Gough, Associate Vice President for Campus Safety, Emergency Management and Environmental Health and Safety
  • Carolyn Hsu, Professor of Sociology
  • Krista Ingram, Professor of Biology 
  • Ellen Percy Kraly, Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Bob McVaugh, Professor of Art and Art History 
  • Juliana Smith, Deputy Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator (FAC)
  • Priscilla Van Wynsberghe, Associate Professor of Biology (FAC)
  • Amarachi Iheanyichukwu ’21, Student Government Association President
  • Michele Carney, Senior Administrative Assistant and Staff to the Task Force
     

Task Force on Remote Learning

This task force is charged with developing new ways to support faculty as we continue, in whole or in part, in remote instruction in the fall and potentially beyond.

  • Co-Chair: Niranjan Davray, Chief Information Officer
  • Co-Chair: Eddie Watkins, Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Learning, Teaching, and Research
  • Jennifer Brice, Associate Professor of English (FAC)
  • Jesi Buell, Instructional Design & Web Librarian, Colgate University Libraries
  • Jeanne Follansbee, Trustee
  • Ryan Hall, Assistant Professor of History
  • Karen Harpp, Professor of Geology and Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Ana Jimenez, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Doug Johnson, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Associate Dean of Faculty
  • Scott Kraly, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Jeff Nugent, Director of Learning and Applied Innovation in ITS, and Associate Director of the Center for Learning, Teaching, and Research
  • Lynn Schwarzer, Professor of Art & Art History and Film & Media Studies and Director of the Upstate Institute 
  • Ashley Taylor, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies
  • Risako Yang, ’21
  • Renée Chapin, Coordinator for the Center for Learning, Teaching, and Research and Staff to the Task Force

 

Emergency Operations Center Section Chiefs

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) includes representatives from departments across campus, to address operations, communications, and logistics planning. Section chiefs, drawn from the full EOC membership, include representatives from the center’s four areas and communications as well as an EOC coordinator and the liaison to the Executive Group. These roles can shift between EOC members, depending on meeting times and section needs.

  • Operations: Dan Gough, AVP Campus Safety, EM. Management, EHS
  • Logistics: Jason Wallace, Director of Facilities
  • Planning: Lori Chlad, Associate VP for Human Resources
  • Finance/Admin: John Collins, AVP Budget and Finance Planning
  • Communications: Dan DeVries, Media Relations Director 
  • Executive Group Liaison: Sue Smith, Associate VP for Residential Programs and Student Support
  • EOC Coordinator: Gary Bridge, Fire Safety and Emergency Preparedness Manager
     

Emergency Operations Center Executive Group

The Executive Group makes final decisions in a crisis based on the recommendations and expertise received from the EOC. 

  • Brian W. Casey, University President
  • Lesleigh Cushing, Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies and Associate Dean of the Faculty 
  • Joseph Hope, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Investment Officer
  • Tracey Hucks, Provost and Dean of the Faculty; James A. Storing Professor of Religion and Africana & Latin American Studies
  • Laura H. Jack, Vice President for Communications
  • Paul J. McLoughlin II, Vice President and Dean of the College
  • Nicki Moore, Vice President and Director of Athletics; Director of the Division of PERA
  • Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar, Chief of Staff, Secretary to the Board of Trustees
  • Gary Ross, The Jones and Wood Family Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid
  • Robert (Bob) Tyburski, Interim Vice President for Advancement
  • Christopher Wells, Senior Advisor to the President; Assistant Dean for Administrative Advising
  • Debbie Pils, Assistant to the President and Staff to the Executive Group
     

Committee On Budget and Financial Planning

This committee is concerned with long-range financial planning and projections and the preparation of yearly budgets. It has the responsibility of advising the President on yearly budgets and matters related to financial planning and projections. 

  • Tracey E. Hucks, Provost and Dean of the Faculty
  • Usman Ahmad ’22, Student Government Association, VP of Finance
  • Yariv Amir, Senior Associate Athletic Director
  • Sivi Colberg ’22
  • John Collins, AVP Budget and Finance Planning
  • Rick Geier, Warren ’43 and Lillian Anderson Chair in Chemistry; Professor of Chemistry; Chair, Department of Chemistry
  • Constance Harsh, Professor of English; Chair, Department of English
  • Joseph Hope, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Investment Officer
  • Ellen Holm, Assistant Dean of the College for Administration
  • Amarachi Iheanyichukwu ’21, Student Government Association President
  • Trish St. Leger, Vice Provost
  • Ben Lennertz, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  • Genevieve McCarthy ’21
  • Drew Porter, Senior Budget Analyst
  • Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar, Chief of Staff, Secretary to the Board of Trustees
  • Nicole Simpson, W. Bradford Wiley Professor of Economics