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, Professor of Anthropology,
Jeffrey Cole

Dean of the Faculty

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 since 2008. The highest ranking officer after the president, the dean of the faculty is responsible for providing academic leadership for the College and its faculty. 

Dean of the Faculty
Pamela Dumas Serfes, vice president of Communications
Pamela Dumas Serfes

Vice President for Communications

Pamela Dumas Serfes was named vice president for Communications at Connecticut College in September, 2014. Dumas Serfes is responsible for all aspects of the College’s external communications in both print and digital formats, as well as for communications around all major institutional events, with particular focus on admission, alumni relations, and fundraising. She works closely with the President and members of the senior administration to bring greater clarity and focus to the College’s communications strategies and partner with the College’s faculty, students, and staff to advance institutional positioning and reputation.

Vice President for Communications
W. Lee Hisle

Vice President for Information Services and 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
Richard Madonna, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Richard Madonna

Vice President for 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, human resources, 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
John F. McKnight, Jr., Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion
John F. McKnight Jr.

Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion

John F. McKnight Jr. is the dean of institutional equity and inclusion at Connecticut College, effective July 1, 2016.

At Connecticut College, McKnight will be responsible for the overall vision and leadership of the work of equity and inclusion, and will collaborate with leaders across campus to fulfill its commitment to full participation. He will oversee the offices of the associate dean of equity and inclusion, religious and spiritual life, the Womxn’s Center, Unity House, the LGBTQIA Center and the Title IX coordinator.

Institutional Equity and Inclusion
Jefferson Singer, Dean of the College, Faulk Foundation Professor, Department of Psychology
Jefferson Singer

Dean of the College

As Dean of the College, Jefferson Singer is responsible for the quality of the academic experience for all students. He oversees academic priorities related to general education, advising, international education, academic support, career advising and life after college. He also oversees the management and operation of offices and centers that provide advising and support for the academic program on campus and abroad.

Dean of the College
Andrew Strickler, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Connecticut College
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.

Admission & Financial Aid
A portrait of Kimberly M. Verstandig
Kimberly M. Verstandig

Vice President for College Advancement

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.