Colby College hires University of Chicago vice president as its 20th president

Posted Sept. 10, 2013, at 2:45 p.m.
David Greene
David Greene

WATERVILLE, Maine — Colby College announced Tuesday that David Greene, executive vice president at the University of Chicago, will be the liberal arts school’s next president.

Greene will replace William Adams who will retire in June. Greene will attend a reception at the college Tuesday and take office on July 1, 2014.

“Colby has a history of finding the right president for the times, and with the selection of David Greene, we have done so once more,” chairm of the Colby College Board of Trustees Robert E. Diamond, ’73, said in a press release. “He is the ideal person to usher Colby into its third century.”

At the University of Chicago since 2006, Greene oversaw a master plan for campus growth that included $3.5 billion in capital projects, provided leadership for the university’s fundraising efforts and played a key role in strengthening and diversifying the university’s applicant pool through strategic admissions and financial aid plans, according to the release. He also helped to create several partnerships and institutes that have extended the university’s reach and impact, including initiatives to support scholarship and teaching in China, India and Latin America, among other locations.

Greene was previously a vice president at Brown University. He began his career at Brown working with the president to develop a long-term strategic plan. Greene played a similar role at Smith College, where he helped oversee planning efforts that resulted in program and facilities expansions.

Greene received a bachelor’s degree in history from Hamilton College and graduate degrees from Harvard University.

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