Tiger of the Week: Jeffrey Herbst ’83

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Members of the Class of 1983 may remember Jeffrey Herbst ’83 as a standout student in the Woodrow Wilson School. Alumni from more recent classes might recall Herbst as a distinguished professor of politics and international affairs and a prominent expert on sub-Saharan Africa. Students and alumni of Colgate University will soon know Herbst in another capacity: president. Colgate announced last week that Herbst has been named the school’s 16th president and will begin his new job in the summer of 2010.

Herbst, most recently the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and a professor of political science at Miami University in Ohio, was a member of Princeton’s faculty from 1994 to 2005. He held several leadership positions during that time, including chairman of the politics department from 2000 to 2005.

When Herbst’s appointment at Colgate was announced, he received high praise from William G. Bowen *58, Princeton’s president during Herbst’s undergraduate days. “I worked closely with Jeff when he was at Princeton, so I know first-hand how capable he is — as a scholar, as a teacher, and as a highly collegial leader,” Bowen said in a news release. “This is, in my view, a stellar appointment.”

(Photo by Andy Daddio/Courtesy Colgate University)

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