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College Leadership

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Pomona College oversees the College’s leadership, planning and resources, working to ensure the continuing vitality of the institution and its ability to fulfill its mission now and for future generations. 

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David Oxtoby, President

David Oxtoby, President

The ninth president of Pomona College, David W. Oxtoby has served Pomona since 2003. An internationally noted chemist, he previously served as dean of physical sciences at the University of Chicago.

Contact: website | profile

Seth Allen, Vice President & Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Seth Allen, Vice President & Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Seth Allen, vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid, oversees offices that identify, recruit, enroll and retain an academically superior student body rich in talent and broad in diversity. The Office of Admissions and the Office of Financial Aid support this goal by communicating the value of a Pomona education; building relationships with prospective students, families, schools, programs, and the Pomona College community; providing counseling and financial assistance; and promoting the visibility of Pomona College.

Contact: (909) 621-8134 | Seth Allen | website

Pamela Besnard, Vice President for Advancement

Pamela Besnard, Vice President for Advancement

Pamela Besnard, vice president for Advancement, oversees offices that work to provide resources to support the College's mission and keep relationships between the College and the members of its extended family strong and active. This office includes Alumni Relations, Annual Fund, Major Gifts, Foundation and Corporate Relations, Parent Relations, Trusts and Estates, Donor Relations and the Office of Communications.

Contact: (909) 621-8192 | Pamela Besnard | website

Richard Fass, Pomona College Vice President of Planning

Richard Fass, Pomona College Vice President of Planning

Vice President of Planning Richard Fass oversees Informational Technology Services (ITS) and Institutional Research, and coordinates strategic planning activities.

Contact: (909) 621-8507 | Richard Fass | profile

Miriam Feldblum, Vice President and Dean of Students

Miriam Feldblum, Vice President and Dean of Students

Miriam Feldblum, vice president and dean of students, oversees Student Affairs, the residence halls and the dining halls, as well as the Dean of Students’ Office, Campus Life, the Smith Campus Center and its related areas, the Career Development Office, and the Draper Center.

Contact: (909) 621-8017 | Miriam Feldblum | website | profile

Marylou Ferry, Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

Marylou Ferry, Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

Marylou Ferry, vice president and chief communications officer, is responsible for the College’s broad-based communications to both internal and external audiences. She leads the Pomona Communications team which handles media relations, social media, publications, the Pomona College website, sports information, community relations, public relations, crisis communications and brand strategy.

Contact: (909) 607-0283 | Marylou Ferry

Jill Grigsby, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

Jill Hudgings, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

Jill Grigsby, acting vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, is responsible for the quality of the academic program and for its continuing improvement. The office supports the faculty in their teaching and research, administers the academic program and helps the College explore new instructional initiatives.

Contact: (909) 621-8137 | Jill Grigsby | website

Teresa Shaw, Special Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Teresa Shaw, Special Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Teresa Shaw, special assistant to the President and secretary to the Board of Trustees, serves on the executive staff and is responsible for special projects and assignments from the President. As secretary to the Board of Trustees, she works with Board leadership and College staff to assure good governance practices and to coordinate the work of the Board. Before coming to Pomona College she served as vice provost at Claremont Graduate University. She holds a Ph.D. from Duke University.

Contact: (909) 607-2505 | Teresa Shaw | website

Karen Sisson, Vice President and Treasurer

Karen Sisson, Vice President and Treasurer

Vice President and Treasurer Karen Sisson oversees the College's budget and endowment, as well as Office of Facilities and Campus Services, which covers construction planning, maintenance, sustainability, summer conferences, dining, grounds and housekeeping; Human Resources; the Business Office; and Real Property.

Contact: (909) 621-8132 | Karen Sisson | profile