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Card joins Hamilton College as dean of students

By Traci DeLore (


CLINTON, N.Y. — Christopher Card joins Hamilton College on August 15 as vice president and deal of students.

In this role. Card will serve as a student-facing leader and enhance collaboration among offices within the division of student life and across campus. He will provide active support for the interdependence of the academic and co-curricular pieces of students’ education and also provide a capacity for valuing, building, and sustaining diverse and inclusive communities.

Christopher Card will join Hamilton College this August as its new vice president and dean of students. (Submitted photo/Hamilton College)

“Chris brings broad experience to this important role at the college and has a strong commitment to supporting an engaged, diverse, and inclusive student experience,” Hamilton President David Wippman said in a news release. “His leadership and advocacy on behalf of students at other residential liberal arts colleges have been recognized with multiple honors attesting to his effectiveness and the high esteem in which he is held by students, colleagues, alumni, and peers. I look forward to working with him to support our students’ co-curricular experiences at Hamilton.”

Card has served as vice president for student life at Lawrence University since 2017 where he was responsible for all aspects of student life. Among his accomplishments, he co-chaired a task force on emotional wellbeing and oversaw the implementation of its recommendations; helped secure $5 million in donor funding to endow a dean position for the career center; led a renewed mission and programs for the diversity and intercultural center; and established a permanent student pantry.

“It has been a pleasure working with Vice President Card, whose commitment to the care and education of our students was demonstrated daily, during my first year on campus, and I am grateful for his counsel and leadership, especially as we navigated the challenges of the pandemic,” Lawrence University President Laurie A. Carter said.

“Chris’s commitment to student success and well-being is second to none,” Lawrence Provost and Dean of the Faculty Catherine G. Kodat said. “He brings such a wealth of talent to the role.”

Prior to Lawrence University, Card served as dean of students at Trinity College from 2015 to 2017, associate dean of students from 2001 to 2014, and assistant dean of students from 1998 to 2001. While there, he oversaw student conduct, Greek life, and pre-orientation programs.

A native of Jamaica, Card earned a master’s degree in law and diplomacy at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a graduated cum laude and phi beta kappa with a dual major at Clark University.

Card was hired after a nationwide search by a 12-member search committee that included students, faculty, administrators, and a member of the board of trustees with assistance by executive search firm Isaacson Miller.


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