Ithaca College has announced a new president. Shirley M. Collado will take over for Tom Rochon.
Rochon announced about a year ago that he would step down when a new president came aboard. His decision came after a series of protests on campus and votes of no confidence from students and faculty.
The protests were over racially-charged incidents on campus. Students didn’t think Rochon properly responded.
In her remarks to Ithaca College yesterday, Collado didn’t directly talk about the unrest, but said the school’s strengths and needs match up with her values and skills.
"I believe that the college and I - to let you know what I’m really thinking - are really at a pivotal moment," she said. "It's dynamic, undergraduate residential colleges like Ithaca College that have, in my opinion, tremendous opportunity to push discourse across difference, that’s rooted in humanity, in respect, in courage and in intellectual curiosity."
Right now, Collado is executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer at Rutgers University-Newark. According to Ithaca College, she’s focused on diversity in higher education throughout her career.
Shirley Collado starts as Ithaca College president on July 1.