The overall administration of the Colleges is directed by the Senior Staff, which is comprised of the senior directors in each administrative area of the Colleges.

Members of Senior Staff include:

Eugen Baer

Dean of Hobart College

A member of the philosophy department since 1971, Dean Baer was named dean of Hobart College in 2006. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from Yale University, a licentia in theology from the University of Freiburg, Switzerland; and a biblical baccalaureate from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.

Phone: 781-3300
Office: Smith Hall, 1st Floor

The Rev. D. Maurice Charles

Chaplain of the Colleges

Charles has many years of ministry experience in Episcopal and American Baptist churches in San Francisco and the Midwest. He previously served six years as Associate Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University. A scholar as well as a pastor, Charles has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Stanford, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Seabury Western Theological Seminary and Case Western Reserve University.

Phone: 781-3670
Office: St. John's Chapel

Fred Damiano

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Information Officer

Damiano was first named chief information officer in January 2004. Prior to joining the Colleges, he held senior leadership and management technology positions at Xerox, McDonnell Douglas Space Systems, and Travelers Insurance. He has been an adjunct lecturer in the M.B.A. program at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, and holds a bachelor’s in computer information systems from Bentley University and an M.B.A. from the University of Central Florida.

Phone: 781-3955
Office: Williams Hall, 1st Floor

Robb Flowers

Vice President for Student Affairs

Flowers was named vice president of student affairs in August 2008, formerly serving as associate dean of students and director of residential education since 2004. Flowers oversees the counseling center, health center, office of student activities, residential education program, radio station, intercultural affairs, alcohol and other drugs education program, campus safety and Hobart and William Smith athletic programs. 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.

Phone: 781-3900
Office: Smith Hall, 1st Floor

Louis H. Guard

Chief of Staff and Counsel

Guard was named chief of staff and counsel in May 2014. A cum laude graduate of Hobart College and Cornell Law School, Guard provides advice and counsel in a variety of institutional areas, assists the president with all major initiatives and projects, and coordinates legal matters for the Colleges. As Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees, he serves as the primary governance advisor to the Board. A Geneva native, he is admitted to practice law in New York and Pennsylvania. He served as an associate at Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, in Rochester, N.Y., and Dilworth Paxson LLP, in Philadelphia, Pa. Guard is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).

Phone: 781-3065
Office: Coxe Hall, 2nd Floor

Lisa Kaenzig

Dean of William Smith College

Dean Kaenzig has over 25 years of administrative and academic experience, including several years working in politics in Washington, D.C. and more than 14 years as a dean at the Colleges. She is the adviser to the sophomore and junior honor society, the Laurel Society. She is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), of which William Smith College is an institutional member. Dean Kaenzig earned her Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership from the College of William and Mary, her M.A. in Human Resource Development from the George Washington University and her B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University.

Phone: 781-3467
Office: Smith Hall, 1st Floor

Susan Lee

Title IX Coordinator

Joining HWS in 2015, Lee works with students, faculty, staff and community partners to eliminate sexual misconduct and assure the Colleges’ compliance with Title IX though education, prevention, and the investigation and resolution of complaints. She has worked in the social justice field for three decades on issues ranging from fair housing and equal employment, affirmative action, ADA and Title IX. She previously served at Indiana University South Bend, the University of Denver, and the University of Arizona. She is a graduate of Indiana University School of Law, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Purdue University School of Nursing.

Phone: 781-3922
Office: Office of Title IX Programs and Compliance

Bob Murphy

Vice President for Enrollment and Admissions, Dean of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education

Murphy joined the Colleges in 2004 as Director of Career Services and left in 2009 to take a position at Carnegie Mellon University. He returned shortly thereafter to become Vice President of Enrollment and Admissions, Dean of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. Murphy received his B.S. in education from Norwich University and a M.Ed. in rehabilitation counseling and a C.A.S. in student personnel administration at Springfield College.

Phone: 781-3622
Office: Admissions House, Lake Level

Robert O'Connor

Vice President for Advancement

O'Connor was named vice president for advancement in July 2007 and directs the advancement operations and oversees all alumni, alumnae and parent relations, development, and advancement services. As Chief of Staff in the Office of the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, he was instrumental in the HWS 2005 and HWS 2010 strategic planning initiatives and a chief organizer for Campaign for the Colleges, a $200 million fundraising effort. After graduating from Gettysburg College with a degree in political science, he earned a master's in sports administration at Michigan State University.

Phone: 781-3535
Office: 20 Seneca Street, 3rd Floor

Solomé Rose

Interim Chief Diversity Officer

In 2016, Rose was named Interim Chief Diversity Officer responsible for launching a new office focused on ensuring that all members of the community have the support and equal opportunity to thrive. Her first initiative is leading an HWS-wide effort to develop a strategic diversity plan for the Colleges. Previously, she managed global and community leadership programs in the HWS Centennial Center for Leadership, and worked with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation coordinating HIV programs in India and Malawi. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, majoring in Foreign Affairs and African American studies and has a master’s degree in Public Policy from George Mason University.

Phone: 781-4555
Office: Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Titilayo Ufomata

Provost and Dean of Faculty

Dr. Titilayo Ufomata was appointed Provost and Dean of Faculty of Hobart and William Smith Colleges beginning July 1, 2012. Formerly the Associate Provost and Interim Director of Graduate Studies at Kentucky State University, Ufomata's career spans three decades of scholarship in Linguistics, Africana and Gender Studies as well as an increasingly complex portfolio of administrative duties.

Born in Nigeria where she received bachelor's and master's degrees in English, Ufomata attended University College London where she earned a second master's degree as well as a Ph.D. in Phonetics.

Ufomata is an alumna of Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management, Hampton University's Executive Leadership Summit, and Bryn Mawr's HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) program designed to advance women leaders in higher education administration.

Phone: 781-3304
Office: Coxe Hall, 2nd Floor

Carolee White

Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer

White was named vice president for finance and chief financial officer in July 2015. During a 20-year tenure at Colgate University, White served in many capacities including as the associate vice president for finance. A certified public accountant, White earned her B.S. in accounting from Syracuse University and worked at the professional accounting firm Coopers and Lybrand.

Phone: 781-3337
Office: Office of Finance

Cathy Williams

Vice President for Communications

Williams was named director of communications in June 2007 and vice president for communications in 2011. She oversees the website, social media, publications, media relations, sports information, photography, videography and branding at the Colleges as well as admissions and advancement communications programs. 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.

Phone: 781-3540
Office: 20 Seneca Street, 2nd Floor

Sonya Williams

Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Williams joined HWS in 2016 after nearly two decades in human resources management, serving in leadership roles in non-profit and corporate sectors. For the past nine years, she has led a team of professionals at Syracuse University, first as Director of Academic Human Resources and then as the Executive Director of Human Resources Services. At Syracuse, Sonya oversaw labor relations, employee relations, organizational development and training, student employment, employee recruitment and retention, and academic human resources. She has a B.S. in psychology from Fordham University and a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from New York University. Williams is also a certified professional in human resources from the Society of Human Resources Management.

Phone: 781-3312
Office: Coxe Hall, 1st Floor



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