Paul J. McLoughlin
Vice President and Dean of the College
Dr. Paul J. McLoughlin II is the vice president and dean of the college at Colgate University. In this role, he is a member of Colgate’s senior leadership and participates in all aspects of institution-wide planning and policy development. Reporting to McLoughlin is a team of associate deans and directors with responsibility for residential life, campus safety, campus life (including multicultural affairs, Greek life, university ministry, diversity initiatives, international student services, and community service), administrative advising and conduct, and health, wellness and counseling.
In 2010, the Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina awarded McLoughlin the Paul P. Fidler grant for his research on the experiences of high-achieving, low-income students in the Ivy League. That original research was also awarded a NASPA Foundation grant and later published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the First Year Experience and Students in Transition. McLoughlin is also a co-author of a chapter from the 2015 book, Expanding the Circle: Creating An Inclusive Environment in Higher Education for LGBTQ Students and Studies. He also served as an editor of The Vermont Connection and later as an author publishing, "A call to HIV Educators: Why the current prevention efforts are failing.”
McLoughlin earned his bachelor’s degree at Miami University, majoring in zoology and minoring in neuroscience. He received a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont and his PhD in higher education administration from Boston College.
He is an active member in NASPA, having served on the planning committee for the 2018 Institute for Small Colleges and Universities as well as a faculty member for the 2019 Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs. McLoughlin has previously partnered with Everfi, having presented at 2016 Annual Summit and by serving as an advisory member for the 2018 Campus Prevention Network Annual Summit. He has also served as an author, an external reviewer, a consultant, and a frequent conference presenter on topics related to financial aid and access, intercultural education, LGBTQIA+ student life, alcohol and other drugs prevention education, and wellness.