By Isaac Kirschner ’17

Bowdoin Trustees elect Clinton S. Rose as next President

After an eight-month international search, the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees announced on Monday that Clayton S. Rose, Ph.D, had been unanimously elected as the college’s fifteenth president. Rose will officially become President of Bowdoin College on July 1, one day after outgoing President Barry Mills leaves office.

Bowdoin Board of Trustees Chair Deborah Jensen Barke said, “Clayton Rose is the ideal person to lead Bowdoin into the future. He is immensely qualified academically, combining a passion for the liberal arts and a dedication to teaching and learning with extensive leadership experience. He’s going to be terrific as Bowdoin’s next president.”

Dr. Rose currently serves as a faculty member at Harvard Business School where he teaches and writes on business leadership and responsibility. He earned his undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Chicago before entering a successful 20-year career in finance. In 2003, Rose entered a doctoral studies program at the University of Pennsylvania and received his Ph.D in 2007.

“Bowdoin is an exceptional liberal arts college, with a rich history, distinct set of values, and a gifted, engaged and devoted group of faculty, students, staff and alumni,” said President-elect Rose. “I am honored and excited by the opportunity to lead this special institution, and Julianne and I are very much looking forward to becoming part of the Bowdoin and Brunswick communities.”

Members of the Bowdoin Community expressed support for Rose’s election and excitement about the future of the college. Student representative to the Presidential Search Committee Dustin Biron ’15 predicted that Rose “will be a strong presence in the life of the College,” while fellow student representative Oriana Farnham ’15 said she was impressed with Rose’s willingness to listen and his ability to ask thoughtful questions.

Colby College names new Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

On January 13, Colby College President David A. Greene announced that Mathew T. Proto would serve as the school’s next Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. Proto currently serves as an assistant Dean of Admissions at Stanford University and oversees the university’s marketing and communications efforts. Proto’s work at Stanford is credited with contributing to the university’s largest applicant pool and highest yield rate in its history. 

Proto, a NESCAC alumnus, earned his bachelors degree from Yale before earning a masters degree at Wesleyan and doctorate in educate from UNC Chapel Hill. He worked in college counseling at Choate Rosemary Hall while at Yale and later went on to run the scholar selection process at the Morehead-Cain Scholars Program at UNC Chapel Hill.

“It is an honor to be selected as the next vice president and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Colby College,” said Proto. “The opportunity to work with President Greene and lead the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is extraordinary. I look forward to working with staff and collaborating with members of the community to bring to Colby the students who will most benefit from the remarkable educational experience the College provides.”

Proto will begin his tenure on June 1st and will oversee an admissions staff of 25. In this position, Proto will be responsible for all aspects of admissions, including application reading, alumni participation and student-athlete recruitment. He will also oversee Colby’s financial aid program which is dedicated to providing financial support for all students in need.

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