Senior Staff

Members of Senior Staff include:

Mary L. Coffey

Provost and Dean of Faculty

Mary Coffey

Mary Coffey, Provost and Dean of the Faculty. Mary L. Coffey joined the Colleges as Provost and Dean of Faculty in January 2020, after serving as the Senior Associate Dean at Pomona College in Claremont, California. A tenured member of the faculty in Pomona’s Department of Romance Languages and Literature, Coffey is recognized for her expertise on 19th and early-20th century Spanish literature and culture. She also held the positions of Associate Dean and Acting Vice President during her time at Pomona. Coffey received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a master’s degree in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Northwestern University.

Alfred L. Damiano

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Information Officer

Fred Damiano

Fred Damiano, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Information Officer. Alfred L. Damiano joined the Colleges in 2004 when he was named Chief Information Officer. A former Director of Technology Programs and Support Services for Xerox Global Services, he previously held a variety of technology and management positions with McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co., Travelers Insurance Co. and Commercial Systems Inc. Damiano also taught graduate courses in advanced information technology for the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. He holds a bachelor’s in computer information systems from Bentley University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Central Florida.

Robert S. Flowers

Vice President for Campus Life

Robb Flowers

Robb Flowers, Vice President for Campus Life. Robert S. Flowers was named Vice President for Campus Life in 2017 after serving the Colleges as Vice President of Student Affairs for nine years and as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residential Education for four years. Flowers oversees the offices in the Division of Student Affairs and Hobart and William Smith Athletics. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Houghton College, a master’s in education from Alfred University and a law degree from the University at Buffalo Law School. He previously held administrative positions at Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross and Alfred University.

Louis H. Guard '07

Vice President and General Counsel

Louis H. Guard

Lou Guard, Vice President and General Counsel. A cum laude graduate of Hobart College and Cornell Law School, Louis H. Guard joined the Colleges in 2014. He provides legal advice and counsel across institutional areas, assists the President with all major initiatives and projects, and is responsible for the strategic direction of legal affairs for the Colleges. Guard serves as Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees and is the primary governance advisor to the Board. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Colleges, Guard worked at leading law firms in Philadelphia, Pa., and Rochester, N.Y. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Journal of College and University Law and is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He has taught and guest lectured on business law and higher education law topics at Hobart and William Smith and Boston College Law School respectively and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School where he teaches the seminar on the law of higher education.

Khuram Hussain

Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Khuram Hussain

In June 2020, Khuram Hussain began serving as the Colleges’ diversity strategist overseeing the Offices of Intercultural Affairs, Academic Opportunity Programs and International Student Enrollment and Success. An Associate Professor of Education, he previously served as Hobart Dean. Hussain earned a B.A. cum laude from Oswego State University of New York; an M.A. and M.A.T. from Binghamton University; and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. He has taught classes that explore social movements for racial justice in schools and the pedagogy of democratic, multicultural classrooms. His research examines social actors who work to reinscribe schooling as a site for culturally responsive, community-oriented, democratic learning. Hussain has published numerous articles in top tier journals and for 20 years, Hussain served as a dialogue facilitator, trainer and consultant to schools, universities, government offices, non-profits and community organizations on issues of race, diversity and equity. He is the co-founder of Tools for Social Change, a dialogue-driven initiative to advance access and justice in the Finger Lakes. Prior to joining the Colleges in 2008, he was a New York City social studies teacher and has taught education courses at Syracuse University, as well as at the International Islamic Institute in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Robert B. O’Connor

Vice President for Advancement

Robert O'Connor

Bob O’Connor, Vice President for Advancement. Robert B. O’Connor was named Vice President for Advancement in July 2007. He directs the advancement operation and oversees all alumni, alumnae and parent relations, development and advancement services as well as the career services office. Previously, he served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, and was instrumental in coordinating the HWS 2005 and HWS 2010 strategic planning initiatives and served as a member of the campaign steering committee. O’Connor successfully led and completed the second half of Campaign for the Colleges, a $205 million comprehensive capital campaign. After graduating from Gettysburg College with a bachelor’s degree in political science, O’Connor earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Michigan State University. He previously worked at Gettysburg College, Michigan State and E & J Gallo Winery.

Kathy Killius Regan '82, P'13

Chief of Staff

Kathy Regan

Kathy Regan, Chief of Staff. Kathy Killius Regan was named Chief of Staff in 2019. As Chief of Staff, she provides strategic leadership and counsel, serves as a liaison to campus governing committees and to the Board of Trustees, manages the administrative, operational and financial affairs of the Office of the President, and represents the President among the Colleges constituencies on and off campus. Regan graduated from William Smith with a major in art history and earned her master of arts in the Florence Fellowship Program at Syracuse University. Regan joined the Colleges’ staff in 1984 where she first served in admissions until 1998 when she began a 21-year stint in advancement, most recently as Associate Vice President of Advancement, Alumnae Relations.

Carolee E. White

Vice President for Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer

Carolee White

Carolee White, Vice President for Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer. Carolee E. White was named Vice President for Finance and Administration in June 2018 after joining the Colleges in July 2015 as the Vice President for Finance. Her responsibilities include monitoring the Colleges’ operating and capital budgets as well as overseeing the endowment investment portfolio, facilities management, food services, the bookstore and the research vessel. White also establishes financial internal controls, policies and procedures, and manages all financial operations and reporting. Prior to arriving at the Colleges, White spent 20 years at Colgate University, serving in several roles including Associate Vice President for Finance and Assistant Treasurer. A certified public accountant, White earned her bachelor of science in accounting from Syracuse University and worked at the professional accounting firm of Coopers and Lybrand.

Catherine J. Williams

Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Cathy Williams

Cathy Williams, Vice President for Marketing and Communications. Catherine J. Williams was named Director of Communications in 2007, Vice President for Communications in 2011 and Vice President for Marketing and Communications in 2017. Williams has responsibility for strategic marketing and brand management that includes the offices of advancement and admissions, oversees the Colleges’ website, social media, publications, media relations, sports information, photography and videography. She has worked with Hobart and William Smith in several capacities since 2000, including as a Senior Editor for Development and Editor of The Pulteney Street Survey. She holds a bachelor of arts in English and religion and a master of arts in English literature from Syracuse University.

Sonya Y. Williams

Vice President for Human Resources

Sonya Williams

Sonya Williams, Vice President for Human Resources. Sonya Y. Williams was named Vice President for Human Resources in 2017. She oversees the Office of Human Resources, providing information and services related to employment, compensation, benefits, health and safety, and training to the Colleges’ community. She joined the Colleges in 2016 as the Associate Vice President for Human Resources after nearly two decades in human resources management and serving in leadership roles in non-profit and corporate sectors. Prior to her current role, Williams held positions at Syracuse University as Director of Academic Human Resources and then as the Executive Director of Human Resources Services. She has a bachelor of science in psychology from Fordham University and a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from New York University. Williams is a certified professional in human resources from the Society of Human Resources Management.

John W. Young

Vice President and Dean of Admissions

John Young

John Young, Vice President and Dean of Admissions. John W. Young was named Vice President and Dean of Admissions in June 2018 and is responsible for leading the offices of admissions and financial aid. He joined the Colleges in 2005 as the Director of Admissions. Prior to his arrival at the Colleges, Young served on the admissions staffs at Colgate University and Skidmore College. He has been involved in several admissions professional organizations, most significantly the New York State Association for College Admissions Counseling. Young presents regularly at high schools across the country on a variety of topics and is a regular speaker at the Summer Institute for new admissions officers and college counselors. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history at Colgate University.

Contact Information

President Joyce P. Jacobsen
300 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Amanda Blowers
Amanda Blowers
Assistant to the President
Phone: (315) 781-3309

Catherine Williams
Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Office: (315) 781-3696
Cell: (315) 759-3584

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Office Hours

Office hours will be held throughout the Spring semester and will adhere to all social distancing guidelines. Similar to last semester, we ask that meetings be scheduled in advance. Each session will have roughly six time slots of approximately 15 minutes. Group meetings will be limited to a maximum of three people. If you are currently studying or working remotely, or if accessing Coxe Hall isn’t feasible, we will arrange for the meeting to be conducted via zoom. Alternative meeting times can also be arranged if these options do not work with your schedule.

Spring 2021 (4 - 5:30 p.m.):

  • Thursday, February 11
  • Wednesday, February 24
  • Thursday, March 11
  • Wednesday, March 24
  • Thursday, April 8
  • Wednesday, April 21

Please note: if these dates are not conducive with your schedule, alternative meeting times can be arranged. To set up a meeting, contact Amanda Blowers at or (315) 781-3309.

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