Colgate Announces New Board of Trustees Leadership

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Daniel B. Hurwitz ’86, P’17,’20, current Chair of the Colgate University Board of Trustees, has announced that he will step down from his chairmanship, effective May 4, 2019, in response to increased professional obligations. Vice Chair Michael J. Herling ’79, P’08,’09,’12 has been selected by the Board to complete the remainder of Mr. Hurwitz’s term.

“Due in part to Dan’s diligence and leadership during the last three years, Colgate has a strong Board with a robust governance structure that will allow for this smooth transition between chairs,” President Brian W. Casey said. “To my friend and colleague Dan Hurwitz, I offer the profound gratitude of our entire community, and I wish him best of luck in his new venture. I am grateful that we will have the benefit of his service for the remainder of this year.”

Hurwitz is founder and CEO of Raider Hill Advisors. He is a Maroon Citation winner and a member of the James B. Colgate Society. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2009 and became Chair in 2015. During his tenure, in addition to chairing the Board, he served as a member of numerous committees, as Vice Chair of the Board, and as Chair of the University Resources Committee. Under his leadership, the university invested more than $100 million over several years to enhance the student experience, improve athletics facilities, construct two new residences halls, and bring about the completion of Benton Hall. His dedication to Colgate’s admission efforts is reflected in the Hurwitz Admission Center, which bears his name and serves as the first stop for prospective students visiting the university.

Herling, a winner of the Maroon Citation and the Wm. Brian Little ’64 Award for Distinguished Service to Colgate, joined the Board of Trustees in 2007 and became Vice Chair in 2015. He earned his JD from Stanford Law School, is a founding partner of Finn Dixon & Herling LLP and non-executive Chair of the Board of the Brink’s Company. During his tenure on Colgate’s Board of Trustees, he has chaired the Athletic Affairs Committee and Colgate’s most recent Presidential Search Committee. He served as a member of the University’s Task Force on Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression. Outside his work with the Board, he chaired the Presidents’ Club Membership Committee and served for 10 years on the Alumni Council.

“This is an important and exciting time in Colgate’s history,” Hurwitz said. “With his longstanding ties to the university, his understanding of the university’s past, and his ambitions for its future, Mike is the ideal person to chair the Board.”

In accepting his new position as Board chair, Herling said, “I am grateful to Dan for his service, leadership, and commitment to Colgate’s mission. I am honored to follow him as Board Chair. It has been a great privilege and pleasure for me to work so closely with him over the years. The results of Dan’s efforts are evident across campus. I also thank my fellow Board members for the trust they have placed in me through this appointment. It is an honor to serve as Chair of this talented Board.”

Board Vice Chair Gretchen H. Burke ’81, P’11,’20 echoed Hurwitz’s support for Herling’s appointment. “I am extremely pleased that Mike has agreed to take on this role following Dan’s strong leadership,” Burke said. “Mike knows what it means to be a leader, and to nurture a successful institution in a competitive environment. I know that he will sustain Colgate’s remarkable momentum in the years to come.”