Shirley Collado

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Shirley M. Collado
Alma materVanderbilt University (B.A., 1994); Duke University (Ph.D., 1999)
OccupationCollege president; professor of psychology
OrganizationIthaca College
Home townBrooklyn, New York
Board member ofVanderbilt University, Board of Trustees
Spouse(s)A. Van Jordan

Shirley M. Collado is a psychology professor and the current president of Ithaca College. She is the second woman to hold the post, first person of color and the ninth overall. She is the first Dominican American to be named president of a college in the United States.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Collado grew up in Brooklyn, New York, the child of Dominican immigrants;[2] her father drove a taxi and her mom worked in a factory.[3] Collado became the first in her family to attend college when she enrolled at Vanderbilt University in 1989,[4] participating in a program called the Posse Foundation which assembles small groups of diverse students to provide a support system to one another when they enroll together at the same college.[5] Collado was one of five students enrolling in Vanderbilt in the first Posse cohort and she graduated with a B.S. in 1994.[6] She then went on to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University in 1999;[5] her dissertation was entitled "The Perceived Racism Scale for Latina/os: a Multidimensional Assessment of the Experience of Racism among Latina/os."[7]


After completing her doctorate in clinical psychology, Collado worked in community mental health, then returned to the Posse Foundation where she spent six years as executive vice president.[8] In 2010 she became a professor of psychology, dean of the college and vice president for student affairs at Middlebury College[9][10][11] and then, beginning in January 2015, executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer at Rutgers University-Newark, where she led the development of the University's Honors Living-Learning Community.[12][13] On July 1, 2017, Collado became president of Ithaca College,[14] replacing outgoing Tom Rochon to become the ninth president in the college's then-125-year history and the first person of color to hold the role.[2] She is also professor in Ithaca College's Department of Psychology.

Collado also serves on Board of Trustees at Vanderbilt.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Collado is married to poet A. Van Jordan.[16]

In 2001 Collado plead no contest to one count of misdemeanor sexual abuse.[17] Collado has denied the charges, brought by a former patient, saying that she took a plea agreement because at the time (shortly after the suicide of her first husband), she lacked the resources to contest the charges in court.[18]


  1. ^ "Ithaca College Enters New Era: Shirley M. Collado Inaugurated as College's Ninth President - IC News - Ithaca College". Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  2. ^ a b Corasaniti, Nick (7 June 2017). "At Ithaca College, a President Focused on Diversity". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  3. ^ Guinier, Lani (2016). The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America. Beacon Press. pp. 67–69. ISBN 9780807078129. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  4. ^ Jaschik, Scott (February 23, 2017). "From Posse Participant to College President". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b Oguntoyinbo, Lekan (23 April 2014). "Momentum Continues to Build for Posse Foundation's STEM Program". Diverse. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  6. ^ Robertson, Seth (July 31, 2015). "First In: First-Generation College Graduates Share Their Stories". Vanderbilt University. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  7. ^ "P&N Alumna Shirley Collado Named President of Ithaca College | Duke Psychology & Neuroscience". March 7, 2017. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  8. ^ Guinier, Lani (2016). The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America. Beacon Press. pp. 73–75. ISBN 9780807078129. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  9. ^ Schonfeld, Zach (10 March 2014). "Inside the Colleges That Killed Frats for Good". Newsweek. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  10. ^ "College Diversity Issues Continue After Admissions". Tell Me More. NPR. March 7, 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  11. ^ Grasgreen, Allie (February 25, 2014). "Economics department to proctor exams as adherence to honor code wanes". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  12. ^ Weinstein, Matt (February 22, 2017). "Ithaca College's new president to tackle heated issues". Ithaca Journal. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  13. ^ Burd, Joshua (May 26, 2016). "Rutgers-Newark, RBH planning $70M residence hall, honors learning facility | NJBIZ". NJBIZ. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Ithaca College Gets 9th President This Summer". USNews. February 27, 2017. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  15. ^ "VU Board of Trust approves eight new members". Nashville Post. May 1, 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  16. ^ Shoemaker, Stephen (February 23, 2017). "Incoming President Shirley M. Collado Meets the Ithaca College Community". IC News. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Ithaca College knew about President Shirley Collado's sex abuse conviction". Ithaca Journal. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  18. ^ Seltzer, Rick (January 18, 2018). "Ithaca College president in the spotlight years after court case". Inside Higher Education. Retrieved 2018-08-21.

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