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Paul J. McLoughlin II, Ph.D.

Vice President and Dean of the College
Paul McLoughlinAs dean of the college, Dr. McLoughlin is a member of Colgate’s senior leadership and participates in all aspects of institution-wide planning and policy development. Working with student, faculty, staff, board of trustees, numerous alumni groups, and other constituents, the dean of the college works to build an increasingly diverse and inclusive community as well as to provide opportunities for social and intellectual engagement for all students.

Reporting to McLoughlin is a team of associate deans and directors with responsibility for residential life, campus safety, campus life (including multicultural affairs, Greek life, university ministry, diversity initiatives, international student services, and community service), administrative advising and conduct, and health, wellness and counseling. Dean McLoughlin also works closely with the leaders of student government and numerous student organizations in helping to shape the student experience at Colgate and to build structures that promote a healthy and engaging campus environment, while better integrating Colgate’s academic and campus life programs.

Prior to his arrival at Colgate, McLoughlin served as the dean of students at Lafayette College where he partnered with Lafayette faculty to link living and learning at the college. He helped to develop the Connected Communities Program there, including the launch of five residential commons. Under his leadership, teams worked to build class identity and university affinity through a combination of signature events and new traditions as well. In 2017, Lafayette awarded him the Cyrus S. Fleck, Jr. Administrator-of-the-Year Prize for his outstanding contributions to the campus community. His nomination for the prize came directly from students.

McLoughlin also served in a series of positions at Harvard University over a decade — starting as assistant director for health and medical careers counseling with the Office of Career Services in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and serving as the assistant dean of student life for five years overseeing student involvement and new student orientation. McLoughlin served as associate dean of Harvard College and senior adviser to the dean of Harvard College between 2008-2011. During his decade in Cambridge, he managed the renovation of social spaces and residence halls; he established the Student Organization Center at Hilles, a space dedicated to student life and student organizations. He created spaces for the Harvard College Women’s Center as well as prayer spaces for Muslim and Hindu students. His participation in a comprehensive LGBTQ student services review resulted in gender-neutral housing policies and the creation of the Harvard College BGLTQ Student Center.

McLoughlin taught undergraduate classes in the Honors Program at the University of Florida and graduate-level courses as an adjunct faculty member in Boston College’s Lynch School of Education.

In 2010, the Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina awarded McLoughlin the Paul P. Fidler grant for his research on the experiences of high-achieving, low-income students in the Ivy League. That original research was also awarded a NASPA Foundation grant and later published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the First Year Experience and Students in Transition: “The Transition Experiences of High-Achieving, Low-Income Undergraduates in an Elite College Environment.”  McLoughlin is also a co-author of a chapter from the 2015 book, Expanding the Circle: Creating An Inclusive Environment in Higher Education for LGBTQ Students and Studies.  He also served as an editor of The Vermont Connection and later as an author publishing, "“A call to HIV Educators: Why the current prevention efforts are failing.”

McLoughlin earned his bachelor’s degree at Miami University, majoring in zoology and minoring in neuroscience. An active alumnus, McLoughlin served in various roles for Miami, including as class reunion coordinator, admissions alumni interviewer, and as Vice President of the Miami University Alumni Association Board of Directors. 

He received his master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont and his PhD in higher education administration from Boston College. He has served as an author, an external reviewer, a consultant, and a frequent conference presenter on topics related to financial aid and access, intercultural education, LGBTQIA+ student life, alcohol and other drugs prevention education, and wellness.

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