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Shirley M. Collado

President, Ithaca College (NY)

Dr. Shirley M. Collado is the ninth president of Ithaca College, a residential, comprehensive college located in Ithaca, New York. Dr. Collado is known nationally for designing and implementing innovative approaches to higher education that expand student access and success in college, and she has extensive experience overseeing complex not-for-profit organizations in both the private and public sectors of higher education. She is a national thought leader on developing successful cross-sector collaborations, building the capacity of diversity and inclusion in organizations, and strengthening the pathway to the professoriate and leadership roles in higher education. 

Prior to her appointment at Ithaca College, Dr. Collado served as executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer at Rutgers University–Newark and as vice president for student affairs and dean of the college at Middlebury College. She has also served as executive vice president of The Posse Foundation, which identifies, recruits, and trains outstanding youth leaders from urban public schools and sends them to top colleges and universities around the country.

As the Brooklyn-born daughter of Dominican immigrants, Dr. Collado is herself amember of The Posse Foundation’s inaugural class of students and the first person in her family to undergo the transformative experience of college matriculation and graduation. She is also the first Posse scholar to receive a doctoral degree and to serve as a trustee and as a president of an institution of higher education.

Dr. Collado received her undergraduate degree in human and organizational development and psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1994, followed by MA and PhD degrees in clinical psychology from Duke University. She is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in trauma among multicultural populations at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and gender. As an officer and trustee at Vanderbilt, she chairs the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee and the Governance and Board Affairs Committee.