Colagiuri selected as deputy dean of the college at Princeton

Elizabeth Colagiuri

Elizabeth Colagiuri

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Elizabeth Colagiuri, who has been associate dean of the college since 2011, has been named deputy dean of the college at Princeton University, effective Nov. 9. Colagiuri will succeed Clayton Marsh, who is leaving Princeton to become the founding head of an independent school in Arkansas. 

"I am thrilled to welcome Liz to this new position," said Dean of the College Jill Dolan, to whom Colagiuri will report. "Her sharp organizational and administrative skills, her deep compassion, and her broad commitment to the best possible undergraduate education for all Princeton students make her an ideal choice for this role."

As deputy dean, Colagiuri, a Princeton Graduate School alumna, will work closely with Dolan on all matters relating to the design and content of the undergraduate curriculum. A key area of focus will be implementing recommendations from the University's strategic planning process that have implications for undergraduate education at Princeton.

"I am honored to have been selected as the next deputy dean of the college," Colagiuri said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Office of the Dean of the College, and with faculty and administrators across campus, to find meaningful ways to engage students and expand their intellectual horizons. Together we have the opportunity to build upon the strength of our curriculum, explore innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and shape the undergraduate academic experience. Students are at the heart of our work, and when we do our jobs well we fulfill the Princeton promise for all undergraduates."  

For the last four years, Colagiuri has advised and supported the dean and deputy dean on matters related to curriculum, grading, assessment and academic policy. She played a central role in the three-year initiative to reaffirm the University's accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. She also staffed the ad hoc committee to review policies regarding assessment and grading, which recommended changes to the University grading policy that were adopted by the faculty last year. 

She has worked closely with the faculty on curriculum management, including the establishment of new concentrations and certificate programs. She has assisted in the introduction of technological innovation in the classroom and in revising concentration requirements. In addition, she serves on the Data Management Advisory Group, the Committee on Discipline and the Administrative Strategic Planning Team.

Prior to joining the Office of the Dean of the College, Colagiuri served for five years in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs as senior special assistant to then Dean Anne-Marie Slaughter. She was the executive director for the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year, bipartisan initiative to develop a sustainable and effective national security strategy for the United States. She also served as deputy director and lead author for a blue-ribbon task force on the changing nature of government service, chaired by Paul Volcker, former Federal Reserve chairman and a member of the Class of 1949.

Before joining the University's administration, Colagiuri served as special assistant to the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, a leading think tank specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. She worked as a vice president of marketing strategy at Merrill Lynch, and gained significant public service and leadership experience as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy, which she entered through the ROTC program.

Colagiuri is a 1992 graduate of Cornell University, earning a B.A. in government. She received her Master's in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School in 1999.