Leadership Team

Leana E. Amáez

Vice President for Equity and Inclusion


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

As vice president for equity and inclusion, Leana works with colleagues across campus to develop and implement a strategic framework for equity and inclusion at Bates, designed to ensure that the college’s commitment to equity and inclusion is reflected authentically in campus culture, policies, and practices. She directs the Office of Equity and Inclusion, oversees the development of equity education at Bates, and serves as a resource for colleagues working with faculty, students, staff, and alumni to advance equity and inclusion efforts in their specific areas. Prior to Bates, Leana spent eight years at Bowdoin College as associate dean of students for diversity, equity and inclusion. She has also led diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at an international insurance company and at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Leana began her career as a public defender in the Bronx, and later directed pro bono services for Maine’s civil legal service provider, Pine Tree Legal Assistance. Originally from New York, Leana earned a B.A. in Latin American studies from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Erin Foster Zsiga

Interim Vice President for Campus Life & Dean of Students


Chase Hall, Room 007
35 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine 04240

Erin Foster Zsiga currently serves as the Interim Vice President for Campus Life & Dean of Students at Bates College. In her permanent position as Dean of Students, Erin specializes in the management of institutional support structures for student wellbeing. With a background in psychology, social work, and substance use prevention, Erin has significant experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs that serve as a foundation to the student experience at Bates. In her capacity as Interim Vice President for Campus Life, Erin manages 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.

Erin earned a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and a B.A. in Psychology and Religion from Merrimack College.

Eric F. Foushée

Vice President for College Advancement


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

Eric Foushée oversees alumni relations, parent engagement and all development functions including organizational and athletic support. He came to Bates in 2014 and has 25 years of advancement experience, previously serving as Director of Development at the Cincinnati Country Day School and as the Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at Bowdoin College. He served as the Chair of the Mentor Program for C.A.S.E. District I Conferences and has been a presenter at S.T.A.F.F., N.E.A.R, and MaGIC conferences. Prior to his work in advancement, Eric was a teacher and coach at Ransom Everglades School, Kinkaid School, and Hebron Academy. Eric earned his B.A. in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College and an M.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University.

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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

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.

Tracey A. Reeves

Vice President for Communications and Marketing


Lane Hall, Room 110E
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, Maine 04240

Joining Bates in 2022, Tracey Reeves leads the college’s strategic communications and marketing program, promoting Bates’ identity, priorities, and accomplishments to internal and external audiences across all communications channels. Tracey is responsible for providing guidance to the college’s leadership team on branding and marketing programs, communications issues, and crisis planning and response. Previously, Tracey was associate vice president for research and academic communications at Georgia Institute of Technology, leading an integrated marketing and communications strategy to drive awareness of the Institute’s $1.2 billion research enterprise. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, she was director of media relations at the Johns Hopkins University. She entered higher education communications with extensive media experience as a reporter, editor and bureau chief for The Washington Post. Tracey earned her B.S. in mass communication from Illinois State University.

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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.