April 5, 2011
Dear Colorado College Community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to announce that Dr. Jill Tiefenthaler, provost and professor of economics at Wake Forest University, will become Colorado College’s 13th president. She will begin her duties as president on July 1, 2011.
The board’s vote was unanimous. We were deeply impressed with Jill’s warmth, intelligence, collaborative leadership style, and charisma.
Jill’s values are well aligned with those of Colorado College. As chief academic officer at Wake Forest, Provost Tiefenthaler led a strategic planning process culminating in a 10-year plan, which she is implementing to reflect emphasis on the teacher-scholar model, education of the whole person, and the preservation of opportunity in higher education.
She has an outstanding record of achievement. Under her leadership, Wake Forest established the Institute for Public Engagement, the Humanities Institute, and a number of interdisciplinary research centers. Jill presided over a greater than 50-percent increase in undergraduate applications and the capping of loans to financially challenged undergraduates. She works with alumni and donors to increase support for all aspects of the university’s academic program.
She is dedicated to community outreach. As founding director of Colgate University’s Upstate Institute, she worked with community organizations and business leaders, and helped develop classes, programs and internships enabling hundreds of students to participate in community-based projects.
Jill joined Wake Forest University as provost and professor of economics in 2007. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College. Prior to joining Wake Forest, she was a professor of economics at Colgate University, where she also held several administrative appointments. Her research interests include labor economics, economics of the family and the economics of higher education. She has published extensively, and has given hundreds of presentations at social science conferences, public policy symposia, and community and university forums.
She is excited to work with the fresh thinking, innovative spirit and dedicated service ethic she sees at Colorado College. She wants to explore ways in which our liberal arts core is more and more important in creating the nimble leaders we need in a global economy. And we are thrilled she has chosen us.
I want to thank the Presidential Search Committee, led by trustee Mike Lampton, for its tireless and thorough work. The search committee included trustees, alumni, faculty, staff and students, aided by the executive search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates. In addition, many alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the college gave input and suggestions to the committee as it embarked on this effort.
I especially want to thank current President Dick Celeste, whose excellent leadership over the past nine years has made Colorado College the distinctive, highly selective and nationally admired institution it is today.
Jill, her husband, Professor Kevin Rask – who will assume a newly established position at Colorado College as college research professor – and their children, Olivia, 12, and Owen, 9, are excited about moving to Colorado Springs and Colorado College in coming months.
Please join me in giving them a warm Colorado College welcome.
Chair of the Colorado College Board of Trustees