Leadership Team

Matthew Auer

Matthew Auer
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

207-786-6066

mauer@bates.edu

Lane Hall, Room 120
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, Maine 04240

Matt Auer came to Bates in 2013 with the charge to shape the college’s broad academic mission while promoting the professional advancement of faculty, college-wide. Offices and programs reporting to Matt include Athletics, Bates Dance Festival, Bates Career Development Center, Harward Center for Community Partnerships, Imaging and Computing Center, Museum of Art, Registrar, Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance, and Writing at Bates. Prior to Bates, Matt was dean of the Hutton Honors College at Indiana University and professor of international environmental affairs at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU. Matt has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on environmental, energy and foreign aid policy. He has served in a variety of public policy roles at national and international levels including as senior adviser to the U.S. Forest Service. Matt received a Ph.D., an M.S. and an M.Phil. in forestry and environmental studies from Yale, a master’s of law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and an A.B. magna cum laude in anthropology from Harvard University.


Sean T. Findlen

Sean T. Findlen
Chief Communications Officer

207-786-6328

sfindlen@bates.edu

Bates Communications Office
141 Nichols Street
Lewiston, Maine 04240

Sean Findlen leads the college’s overarching communications strategy and outreach activities. Working with faculty, staff, and students to capture the richness of the Bates experience, he directs all efforts to tell the Bates story to diverse audiences around the world. Sean came to Bates in 2015 after more than a decade with the global communications firm, Weber Shandwick. He led the firm’s largest practice group in New England that served a range of clients, including several leading colleges and universities. Sean’s consulting for higher education clients has ranged from crisis and issues management to brand-building efforts in key markets around the world. Prior to that, Sean served for three years on the staff of then-Maine Gov. Angus S. King Jr. before becoming manager of community relations for the Sisters of Charity Health System (now St. Mary’s Health System) in Lewiston. Sean earned a juris doctor degree, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School and his B.A. in French from Bates.


Michael S. Hussey

Michael S. Hussey
Chief of Staff to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees

207-786-6103

mhussey@bates.edu

Lane Hall
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, Maine 04240

Mike Hussey joined Bates in 2012 and oversees or supports a variety of institutional projects on behalf of the President. As secretary to the Board of Trustees, Mike is responsible for the planning and execution of Board meetings while staffing several Board committees. Prior to Bates, Mike spent 10 years in administrative positions at Harvard University, first as a senior admissions and financial aid officer for Harvard College, then as a senior project manager in the Offices of the President and Provost where he worked on initiatives across the university. He began his career by spending three years in business development with a technology company in Cambridge, Mass. Mike has a B.A. from Middlebury College and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Joshua G. McIntosh

Joshua G. McIntosh
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

207-786-6219

jmcintos@bates.edu

Lane Hall, Room 102
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, Maine 04240

Josh McIntosh oversees all aspects of student affairs, including off-campus study, international student programs, student support, student conduct, residential life and housing, student activities, security and campus safety, health services and counseling services. He came to Bates in 2014 following two years with Johns Hopkins University where he was the dean of academic services. Prior to his work at Johns Hopkins University he served as the associate dean of the college at Harvard University. His work in higher education has included overseeing student services areas, financial management and planning, human resource management, policy development and assessment and research. Josh earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Syracuse University and his B.S. in biology from Elon University.


Sarah R. Pearson

Sarah R. Pearson
Vice President for College Advancement

207-786-6247

spearson@bates.edu

Lane Hall, Room 312A
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, Maine 04240

Sarah Pearson oversees alumni relations, parent engagement and all development functions including organizational and athletic support. She came to Bates in 2012 with 34 years of experience at a succession of leading U.S. universities, including Harvard, Cornell, the University of Chicago and Northwestern, where she served as vice president for alumni relations and development from 2003 through 2010. Immediately prior to her arrival at Bates, Sarah was chief development officer at the Broad Institute. Sarah has served as a member of the board of trustees of Bates College and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education International and as chair of the CASE national Philanthropy Commission. She teaches regularly at national conferences, including a seven-year stint as chair of the faculty of the CASE Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising, the largest institute in the country for new advancement professionals. Currently she serves as chair of the faculty for the CASE conference on major gifts. Sarah earned her MFA in theater from Brandeis University and her B.A. from Bates.


Geoffrey S. Swift

Geoffrey S. Swift
Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer

207-753-6932

gswift@bates.edu

Lane Hall, Room 216
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, Maine 04240

Geoff Swift joined the Bates staff in 2014 to oversee the finance, facilities, dining and human resource functions at the college, including oversight of the annual budget process and the production of annual audited financial reports. He came to Bates after 10 years at Harvard University where he spent five years as the budget director at the Harvard Business School before moving to Harvard Law School for more than five years as the associate dean for finance and the chief financial officer. In roles outside of higher education, Geoff worked in economic consulting and merchant banking. He earned his B.A. from Amherst College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.


Leigh A. Weisenburger

Leigh A. Weisenburger
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

207-786-6005

lweisenb@bates.edu

Lindholm House
23 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine 04240

Leigh Weisenburger works closely with a team of nearly 30 colleagues in the offices of Admission and Student Financial Services to oversee the strategic recruitment, enrollment and need-based financial aid allocation for Bates students. Beyond these duties, she chairs Bates’ Enrollment Planning Group, working with budget and institutional priorities to enroll the best possible class each year. Leigh began her work at Bates in 2004 as an assistant dean of admission, and became dean in 2012 following a national search. When Leigh is not on campus collaborating with students, faculty and staff, she’s visiting an array of high schools and organizations to speak about the value of the liberal arts education, particularly at Bates. As a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, Leigh is on the faculty for the New England division’s Rising Leaders Colloquium. She earned her B.A. in American Studies from Smith College.


Crystal A. Williams

Crystal A. Williams
Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, and Professor of English

207-786-6031

cwilliam@bates.edu

Lane Hall, Room 201
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, Maine 04240

Crystal Williams came to Bates in 2013. As associate vice president, she serves as a generalist, working on a broad range of college initiatives, including institutional planning. In her role as chief diversity officer, she is charged with positively affecting institutional strategy and climate and works closely with the president and senior leaders in the areas of admission, academic affairs, advancement and alumni relations, student affairs, and human resources. Specifically, she works on faculty development, faculty, staff, and student recruitment and retention, alumni development, administers major institutional grants, and conceives of and oversees the implementation of distinctive institution-wide programs. She oversees the office of intercultural education and the office of equity and diversity. Crystal co-chairs the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO) and serves on the executive committee of the Creating Connections Consortium (C3). A member of the teaching faculty at Reed College for 14 years prior to joining the Bates administration, she is the author of four books and recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. Crystal holds degrees from New York University and Cornell University.