The overall administration of the Colleges is directed by the Senior Staff, which is comprised of the senior directors in each administrative area of the Colleges.

Members of Senior Staff include:

Eugen Baer

Dean of Hobart College

A member of the philosophy department since 1971, Dean Baer was named dean of Hobart College in 2006. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from Yale University, a licentia in theology from the University of Freiburg, Switzerland; and a biblical baccalaureate from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.

Phone: 781-3300
Office: Smith Hall, 1st Floor

The Rev. D. Maurice Charles

Chaplain of the Colleges

Charles has many years of ministry experience in Episcopal and American Baptist churches in San Francisco and the Midwest. He previously served six years as Associate Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University. A scholar as well as a pastor, Charles has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Stanford, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Seabury Western Theological Seminary and Case Western Reserve University.

Phone: 781-3670
Office: St. John's Chapel

Robb Flowers

Vice President for Student Affairs

Flowers was named vice president of student affairs in August 2008, formerly serving as associate dean of students and director of residential education since 2004. Flowers oversees the counseling center, health center, office of student activities, residential education program, radio station, intercultural affairs, alcohol and other drugs education program, campus safety and Hobart and William Smith athletic programs. He holds a bachelor's degree from Houghton College, a master's in education from Alfred University and a law degree from the University at Buffalo Law School. He previously held administrative positions at Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross and Alfred University.

Phone: 781-3900
Office: Smith Hall, 1st Floor

Louis H. Guard

Chief of Staff and Counsel

Guard was named chief of staff and counsel in May 2014. A cum laude graduate of Hobart College and Cornell Law School, Guard provides advice and counsel in a variety of institutional areas, assists the president with all major initiatives and projects, and coordinates legal matters for the Colleges. As Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees, he serves as the primary governance advisor to the Board. A Geneva native, he is admitted to practice law in New York and Pennsylvania. He served as an associate at Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, in Rochester, N.Y., and Dilworth Paxson LLP, in Philadelphia, Pa. Guard is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).

Phone: 781-3065
Office: Coxe Hall, 2nd Floor

Bob Murphy

Vice President for Enrollment and Admissions, Dean of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education

Murphy joined the Colleges in 2004 as Director of Career Services and left in 2009 to take a position at Carnegie Mellon University. He returned shortly thereafter to become Vice President of Enrollment and Admissions, Dean of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. Murphy received his B.S. in education from Norwich University and a M.Ed. in rehabilitation counseling and a C.A.S. in student personnel administration at Springfield College.

Phone: 781-3622
Office: Admissions House, Lake Level

Catherine Gallouët

Dean of William Smith College

Professor and Chair of French and Francophone Studies Catherine Gallouët currently serves as Dean of William Smith College. During a 27-year career at HWS, she has served as the department chair three times, initiated the French study abroad programs, and is an alumna of Bryn Mawr's HERS (Higher Education Resource Services). She has written numerous scholarly publications, a book, articles, book chapters and reviews, and edited three volumes of essays. Gallouët’s recent scholarship focuses on culture and race during the French Enlightenment. Gallouët has been honored with the prestigious 2014-2015 John Readie and Florence B. Kinghorn Global Fellowship, as nominated by HWS colleagues. The fellowship honors outstanding individuals at HWS who have exemplified global citizenship on a continued basis. Born in Vietnam, Gallouët received her doctorate and master's from Rutgers University, her B.A. cum laude from Hope College and her Bacalauréat, with honors, from Académie de Grenoble.

Phone: 781-3795
Office: Smith Hall, 1st Floor

Robert O'Connor

Vice President for Advancement

O'Connor was named vice president for advancement in July 2007 and directs the advancement operations and oversees all alumni, alumnae and parent relations, development, and advancement services. As Chief of Staff in the Office of the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, he was instrumental in the HWS 2005 and HWS 2010 strategic planning initiatives and a chief organizer for Campaign for the Colleges, a $200 million fundraising effort. After graduating from Gettysburg College with a degree in political science, he earned a master's in sports administration at Michigan State University.

Phone: 781-3535
Office: 20 Seneca Street, 3rd Floor

Titilayo Ufomata

Provost and Dean of Faculty

Dr. Titilayo Ufomata was appointed Provost and Dean of Faculty of Hobart and William Smith Colleges beginning July 1, 2012. Formerly the Associate Provost and Interim Director of Graduate Studies at Kentucky State University, Ufomata's career spans three decades of scholarship in Linguistics, Africana and Gender Studies as well as an increasingly complex portfolio of administrative duties.

Born in Nigeria where she received bachelor's and master's degrees in English, Ufomata attended University College London where she earned a second master's degree as well as a Ph.D. in Phonetics.

Ufomata is an alumna of Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management, Hampton University's Executive Leadership Summit, and Bryn Mawr's HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) program designed to advance women leaders in higher education administration.

Phone: 781-3304
Office: Coxe Hall, 2nd Floor

Carolee White

Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer

White was named vice president for finance and chief financial officer in July 2015. During a 20-year tenure at Colgate University, White served in many capacities including as the associate vice president for finance. A certified public accountant, White earned her B.S. in accounting from Syracuse University and worked at the professional accounting firm Coopers and Lybrand.

Phone: 781-3337
Office: Office of Finance

Cathy Williams

Vice President for Communications

Williams was named director of communications in June 2007, overseeing the media relations and publications programs, including admissions and development publications, the alumni/ae magazine, sports information and the website. She has worked with the Colleges in several capacities since 2001, including as a senior editor for advancement and editor of The Pulteney Street Survey. She holds a bachelor of arts in English and religion and a master of arts in English literature from Syracuse University.

Phone: 781-3540
Office: 20 Seneca Street, 2nd Floor



Hobart and William Smith Colleges,
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

Contact the Colleges


Offices and Resources
Campus Directory

make a gift

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.