Clayton Spencer will step down as president of Bates College a year from now, on June 30, 2023. Here, Spencer greets students and alumni prior to the public launch of the Bates Campaign on May 16, 2017, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
Bates President Clayton Spencer

Clayton Spencer

Lane Hall, Room 204
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, Maine 04240

Information about Bates College President Clayton Spencer, the Board of Trustees and institutional governance information is available on the President’s website.


Malcolm Hill Headshot

Malcolm S. Hill
Vice President for Academic Affairs
and Dean of the Faculty


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

As vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty Malcolm Hill works with colleagues to set the intellectual direction of the college, foster a strong faculty culture, and lead the dynamic evolution of the Bates academic experience. Malcolm oversees the college’s academic departments and programs and guides the professional activities of approximately 280 individuals. He is also responsible for the Academic Resource Commons, Bates College Museum of Art, Bates Dance Festival, the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, the Mathematics and Statistics Workshop, the Office of the Registrar and Academic Systems, the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance, and Writing at Bates. Malcolm came to Bates in 2018 from the University of Richmond where he was a member of the faculty, a former associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and a former chair of the Department of Biology. He earned his Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology from the University of Houston and his B.S. in biology and environmental science from Colby College.

Michael S. Hussey

Michael S. Hussey
Vice President for Institutional Affairs
and Secretary to the Board of Trustees


Lane Hall, Room 214C
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 Campus Life


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

Josh McIntosh oversees all aspects of student affairs, including accessible education, athletics and recreation, counseling and psychological services, health education and wellness programs, health services, international student programs, off-campus study and study abroad, Purposeful Work, residential life and housing, campus safety, student conduct, and student activities. He came to Bates in 2014 after serving as the dean of academic services at Johns Hopkins University.  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. He earned his Ph.D. from Syracuse University and his B.S. from Elon University.

Sarah R. Pearson
Vice President for College Advancement


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.

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Patricia A. Schoknecht
Vice President for Information and Library Services
and College Librarian


Ladd Library
48 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine 04240

Pat Schoknecht has been the Vice President for Information & Library Services and the College Librarian since 2018. She works with the entire Bates community to provide services that meet the ever-changing needs of today’s students, faculty and staff. Prior to Bates, Pat was the Chief Information Officer and Assistant Vice President for Business Services at Rollins College, arriving in 2009. She has also served as the Director of Information Technology at Wagner College from 2005-2009 and was the founding Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology at the University of Richmond from 2000-2005. Pat began her professional career as a faculty member at Rutgers University after completing her Ph.D. at Cornell University and a USDA post-doc at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center.

Geoffrey S. Swift

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


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
Vice President for Enrollment and
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid


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.