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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.

Faculty Profile Dean of the Faculty
 , Vice President for Marketing and Communications
John Cramer

Vice President for Marketing and Communications

John D. Cramer joined Connecticut College in May 2022.  As vice president for marketing and communications, he is the College's chief brand officer and storyteller, leading all strategic efforts to enhance the College's reputation for excellence as a national leader in liberal arts education. With more than 30 years of experience, he oversees a team that is responsible for the College's brand development, messaging and digital marketing and communications strategies. He previously held senior communications positions at Rutgers University, Princeton University, Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins Medicine and Vermont Law School. As a journalist, his award-winning coverage of military conflicts, the environment, urban affairs and other issues appeared in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Roanoke Times and other news sites. He earned a B.A. in English literature from Denison University and an M.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

Vice President for Communications
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.

Faculty Profile
 , 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
 , Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, Title IX Coordinator
Rodmon King

Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, Title IX Coordinator

Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion Rodmon Cedric King is responsible for advancing full participation as a strategic priority at Connecticut College. This includes implementing the next phase of the College’s Equity and Inclusion Action Plan; overseeing the ongoing strength of Unity House, the LGBTQIA Center, the Women’s Center, Hillel House, and the Chapel; and supporting a strong team of professional staff in their work on equity and compliance, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, religion and spirituality, accessibility services, bias education and response, sexual violence prevention, and intergroup dialogue—all in order to improve the experience of an increasingly diverse student body, faculty, and staff.

Trained as a philosopher, Rodmon earned a B.A. from Roberts Wesleyan College, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Ancient Philosophy from the University of Rochester. As a member of the philosophy department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges from 2005–2015, he won awards for his teaching, mentoring, and community service, while also establishing his leadership in equity and inclusion. He served as an advisor to the Black Student Union; represented the Consortium for Faculty Diversity; and co-founded “Tools for Social Change,” a dialogue-driven initiative to advance equity in the Finger Lakes region—a program that continues to this day. He served as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the State University of New York at Oswego, and was responsible for elevating the College’s strategic efforts around equity, including the launch of a three-year Grand Challenge on race, racism, and social justice and the design of a new Institute for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Transformative Practice. As Deputy Chief Diversity Officer for the SUNY system, he helped design and assess DEI plans; chaired the system’s Diversity Advisory Council; and launched a new Native American Initiative.

Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion
 , Vice President of Finance and Administration
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
 , Dean of the College
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.

Dean of the College
 , 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
Kimberly M. Verstandig

Vice President for College Advancement

Kim leads all strategic and creative aspects of the College’s multi-faceted fundraising and alumni and parent engagement efforts. Under Kim’s direction, the 35-person advancement team drives leadership gifts; gift planning; corporate, foundation, and government relations; alumni and parent engagement; the Camel Athletics Network; annual giving; donor relations; and advancement services. Kim is currently directing the most ambitious campaign in Conn’s history, the $300M Defy Boundaries comprehensive campaign.

Vice President for College Advancement
 , Vice president for human resources
Reginald White

Vice president for human resources

Reginald White joined Connecticut College in 2022. As the vice president for human resources, White is responsible for the care and development of a talented workforce with more than 700 employees in a range of professional roles. He oversees organizational design, recruitment and hiring, employee relations, job assessment and satisfaction, health and benefits administration, document management, personnel classification, compensation, and continuous professional development. Much of White’s career has been focused on developing strategies to create more equitable communities. As a leader, he is committed to advancing policies and practices that allow all members of a community to achieve their potential and feel a sense of place and of belonging.

White earned a bachelor’s of science in psychology and human development from Cornell and an executive master’s in business administration from Boston University. He has held positions at Bank of Boston; Citibank; KeyBank; Fidelity Investments; Merrill Lynch; and Toran Enterprises, a consulting firm he founded specializing in executive coaching and professional development in equity and inclusion. Most recently, he served as senior director of human resources for Cornell University’s research division.