The College expands administration with three new hires

“This is Colby’s moment, this is Colby’s time,” asserted President David A. Greene in his inaugural address. His inauguration marked the first step in a long process to “move [Colby] to a preeminent position among the world’s liberal arts colleges,” he said at the time. Most recently, the College has demonstrated its commitment to advancing Colby’s national and international profile through three new additions to the administration.

Dan Lugo, who previously served as Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania recently began as Vice President for College and Student Advancement at Colby. Rebecca Brodigan, formerly Vice President for Institutional Planning and Assessment at Bowdoin College, joins the Mayflower Hill administration in a similar role as Director of Institutional Research. William Layton came to Waterville from Brown University, where he served as Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. At Colby, Layton will serve as Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations.

Lugo will be serving in a newly created role that aims to connect traditional college advancement practices, such as development and alumni relations, with student advancement services such as the career center. Brodigan and Layton will assume previously vacant positions that are vital to the College’s mission.

“These are both important roles for the future of Colby because they relate to the College’s ability to employ sophisticated and analytical approaches to planning and to garnering the resources necessary to support academic programs,” Brian Clark, Assistant to the President and Director of Planning said.

In an interview, Lugo expressed his excitement for being on the team that is going to help the College rethink the important component of an expected return on the investment of a college education. Lugo reiterated his belief that the marriage of College and student advancement is necessary in order to usher the liberal arts education into the 21st century. “We must leverage the great resources of the College and be much more intentional in getting people to give back to their alma matter and to help us, create a program, create a network, create the most robust set of experiential learning opportunities to launch young graduates to success,” Lugo said.

Lugo was hired following a national search, and in a press release, President Greene commented that “[Lugo] is an institutional leader of rare accomplishment and promise. He will be an extraordinary public representative of Colby, a collaborative partner with faculty, students, staff, and alumni, and a strategic thinker who has demonstrated capacity to execute on ambitious goals.”

Working directly with Lugo, Layton will serve in a role that is centered on relationship building between the College and corporations, foundations and governmental organizations. Layton described his position as one that requires his office to leverage relationships “with an eye toward sustainable funding over multiple years…we can work across campus to align Colby with institutional investors with similar priorities.”

The College stated in a press release that Layton’s team at Brown “focused on developing enduring partnerships and secured 52 million dollars in grants over three years.” Layton highlighted the College’s recent partnership with Citibank as an example of a corporate relationship that his office would seek to expand upon and find mutual interests that each could pursue.

Brodigan previously worked to enhance student learning through the collection of data relating to research and faculty. She previously worked with Colby faculty on the New England Consortium on Assessment and Student Learning project, conducting an extensive study of student learning and experiences at seven New England colleges. According to the press release, Brodigan was Director of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning at Middlebury College for 10 years before going to Bowdoin.

Both Lugo and Layton stressed how comfortable they felt here at Colby and how excited they were to begin working on campus. Layton cited the plethora of opportunities available for him to have a long-term impact as one of the most attractive assets of Colby. Lugo identified with Greene and expressed his belief in the path that Greene has outlined for the school. Lugo said, “It was clear throughout the process…that Colby is uniquely positioned to stake its claim at the top of the mountain. There is still an opportunity to move the meter.” In an email to the Echo, the administration reiterated their excitement to have Layton, Lugo, and Brodigan helping to shape the future of the college.

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