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Victor J. Arcelus

Dean of Students

Victor J. Arcelus joined Connecticut College in July 2013. He is charged with enhancing and extending the personal and intellectual development of the College's diverse student body. A specialist in holistic learning, Arcelus oversees residential education and living, student engagement and leadership education, campus safety, health and counseling services, sexual violence prevention and advocacy, student wellness and health education, new student orientation, and the College’s student conduct process.

Dean of Students
Jeffrey Cole, Dean of the Faculty, Professor of Anthropology
Jeffrey Cole

Dean of the Faculty, Professor of Anthropology

Jeffrey Cole, Professor of Anthropology, was appointed Dean of the Faculty effective July 1, 2018; he had served as chair of the department of anthropology 2008-14 and as Associate Dean of the Faculty from January 1, 2015. The highest ranking officer after the president, the Dean of the Faculty is responsible for providing academic leadership for the College and its faculty. Food matters increasingly figure in Cole’s teaching and research. His earlier research explored varied aspects of migration, with a focus on Italy.

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Amy Dooling, Dean of Strategic and Global Initiatives, Director of The Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement
Amy Dooling

Dean of Strategic and Global Initiatives, Director of The Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement, Professor of Chinese

A scholar of modern Chinese literature, Amy Dooling has published books on 20th century women’s writing and feminist literary culture. As Associate Dean of Global Initiatives, Dooling works with offices and individuals across campus to coordinate the College’s global education efforts.

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 , Vice President for Information Services, Librarian of the College
Lee Hisle

Vice President for Information Services, Librarian of the College

W. Lee Hisle was appointed Vice President for Information Services and Librarian of the College in January 2000. As CIO, he oversees all libraries, instructional technology, administrative systems, networks and telecommunications. The Vice President for Information Services and Librarian of the College is the chief information officer of the College and is responsible for managing the College’s information resources and information technology infrastructure and services. It is a position appointed by the President and is a member of the senior administrative team.

VP for Information Services, College Librarian
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Richard Madonna

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Richard Madonna joined Connecticut College on April 1, 2016. As vice president for finance and administration, Madonna is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the division of finance and administration. This includes supervising the offices of financial planning, accounting, facilities management, auxiliary services, dining services, and events and catering, as well as overseeing the College’s 750 acres and 105 buildings.

Madonna has 20 years of experience in finance and operations both in higher education and in the private sector, most recently as vice president of finance and operations at Union Theological Seminary. Madonna also spent a decade at Yale University, in a series of increasingly responsible positions in audit and finance. Madonna is a certified public accountant with a bachelor of science degree from Quinnipiac University.

Madonna has also been a co-founder in the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and Union Food Lab, two programs that aid student and community entrepreneurs in launching new ventures.

Vice President for Finance and Administration
Ariella R. Rotramel, Interim Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion,  Vandana Shiva Associate Professor of Gender Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies
Ariella R. Rotramel

Interim Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, Vandana Shiva Associate Professor of Gender Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies

As of August 1, 2021, Ariella R. Rotramel is currently serving as the Interim Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion. Ari joined the College in 2012 and is the Vandana Shiva Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality Studies. They are an interdisciplinary scholar committed to bridging theoretical and practical engagements of identity and social justice issues.

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Erika J. Smith

Dean of the College

Dr. Erika J. Smith joined Connecticut College as Dean of the College in August 2021. She was immediately drawn by Connections, which she sees as the perfect way for all students to have their own expression of success, driving their lives, aspirations and goals further than they knew to aspire. With oversight of the Class Deans, the Academic Resource Center, the Hale Center for Career Development, Study Away, and jointly supporting Fellowships and Scholarships in partnership with the Walter Commons, Dean Smith supports the realization of an integrated and engaged student experience. 

Prior to joining Connecticut College, Dean Smith completed nearly 21 years of service at Brandeis University, most recently having served as Dean of Academic Services from 2016 to 2021. Dr. Smith earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University, where she matriculated as a Posse Scholar, a master of education in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a master’s and Ph.D. in Social Policy from Brandeis’ Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

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 , Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Andrew Strickler

Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Andrew Strickler, dean of admission and financial aid, joined Connecticut College in June 2015. He is responsible for determining the overall strategy for recruiting, admitting, matriculating and supporting a diverse and highly selective student body. He manages a staff dedicated not only to attracting the best students, but also to supporting their full demonstrated financial need. He works collaboratively with colleagues across campus — in the offices of the dean of the college, the dean of the faculty, the dean of student life, the vice president for communications and the vice president for finance — to realize these goals, and to ensure that students at Connecticut College have the best possible experience from inquiry to acceptance to matriculation and beyond.

Dean of Admission & Financial Aid
 , Vice President for College Advancement, Interim Vice President for Communications
Kimberly M. Verstandig

Vice President for College Advancement, Interim Vice President for Communications

Kimberly M. Verstandig joined the College as Vice President for College Advancement in November 2017.

She is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the College’s multi-faceted fundraising and alumni engagement efforts. She supervises the work of leadership gifts; gift planning; corporate, foundation, and government relations; alumni engagement and annual giving; strategic initiatives; donor relations; and advancement services.

College Advancement