Shirley M. Collado
|Alma mater||Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1994); Duke University (Ph.D., 1999)|
|Occupation||College president; professor of psychology|
|Home town||Brooklyn, New York|
|Board member of||Vanderbilt 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.
Early life and education
Collado grew up in Brooklyn, New York, the child of Dominican immigrants; her father drove a taxi and her mom worked in a factory. Collado became the first in her family to attend college when she enrolled at Vanderbilt University in 1989, 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. Collado was one of five students enrolling in Vanderbilt in the first Posse cohort and she graduated with a B.S. in 1994. She then went on to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University in 1999; her dissertation was entitled "The Perceived Racism Scale for Latina/os: a Multidimensional Assessment of the Experience of Racism among Latina/os."
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. In 2010 she became a professor of psychology, dean of the college and vice president for student affairs at Middlebury College 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. On July 1, 2017, Collado became president of Ithaca College, 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. She is also professor in Ithaca College's Department of Psychology.
Collado also serves on Board of Trustees at Vanderbilt.
In 2001 Collado plead no contest to one count of misdemeanor sexual abuse. 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.
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- About Shirley M. Collado - Office of the President, Ithaca College