Senior Leadership Team

Colby-Sawyer College's Senior Leadership Team is composed of the president, her vice presidents, and representatives from the faculty and staff. Together, they review all academic, administrative and financial issues associated with the institution and work closely with the Board of Trustees to fulfill the college's mission of preparing students to thrive in, and make a positive impact upon, a dynamic, diverse and interdependent world.

Susan D. Stuebner
President of the College

Susan D. Stuebner took office July 1, 2016, and is the ninth president of Colby-Sawyer College. With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, she brings considerable knowledge about strategic planning, collaborative decision making and institutional effectiveness. Most recently, she was the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Allegheny College in Meadville, Penn., where she supervised financial services, human resources, development and alumni affairs, student affairs, college relations, admissions, financial aid, retention and enrollment planning. President Stuebner earned an A.B. in psychology from Dartmouth College and an Ed.M. and an Ed.D. from Harvard University. President Stuebner enjoys spending time with her spouse, Amanda, and their two children; walking with her Labradoodles; sea kayaking; hiking, reading; traveling and cheering for the New England Patriots. Read more about President Stuebner here.

Karen Bonewald
Vice President of Finance

Karen Bonewald was named Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of the College in May 2018 and oversees Financial Services, Human Resources, Facilities and Dining Services. Karen was hired as assistant controller in 2001, promoted to business manager in 2002 and to controller in 2004. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from New Hampshire College and an M.B.A. from Plymouth State College. Karen enjoys volunteering as a trustee at Proctor Academy, spending time with her family, practicing yoga, and walking the campus with her two Bernese Mountain Dogs, Rudy & Ridge.

Beth Crockford
Professor and Chair of Business Administration

Beth is the faculty representative to the Senior Leadership Team. She came to Colby-Sawyer as an adjunct faculty member in 1993 and served in that role until she was hired as a full-time assistant professor in the business administration department beginning in fall 1997. Beth’s teaching experience includes management, organizational behavior, strategic management, conflict resolution, mediation and negotiations. Prior to teaching, Beth worked in retail banking as a mortgage officer, branch manager and stock broker. She also worked as an executive human resources director for a home health care agency. Beth is the Business Administration department chair, having also served in that capacity from 2005 through 2007, at which time she was appointed academic dean until she returned to full-time teaching in 2012. Beth earned her B.A. in psychology from College of the Holy Cross and an M.B.A. from New Hampshire College. She earned a Ph.D. in organization and management from Capella University. Beth enjoys gardening, knitting and wished she had more time to play the piano.

Robin Burroughs Davis
Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students

After a brief period as interim Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students, Robin Davis was named the permanent chief student development officer in November 2016. Robin oversees athletics, the Baird Health and Counseling Center, student activities, campus safety, citizenship education, the Hogan Sports Center, residential life, and retention and student success. Robin has served the college since 1996 and held the roles of Director of Citizenship Education and Associate Dean of Students. Robin also serves as the Title IX Coordinator and holds certifications as a Title IX investigator and in advanced Clery Training. She has also been an adjunct instructor for writing and taught a first-year seminar course on leadership for many years. Robin received a B.A. in English education and an M.S. in college and community counseling from Longwood University, and she earned a J.D. from Northwestern California University School of Law. Outside of work, Robin supports our students at any number of events as well as completing road races and baking her famous treats.

Lisa Lacombe
Director of Hogan Sports Center and Recreational Programs

Lisa is the staff representative to the Senior Leadership Team. She joined the college as recreation director in 1993 and added the role of director of the Hogan Sports Center in 2006. Lisa is responsible for overseeing a comprehensive recreational sports program including intramural and club sports, special events and wellness programs, as well and balancing the use of the Hogan Sports Center facility to meet the needs of the local community. Lisa received a B.S. in recreation and leisure studies from Boston University and a M.S. in recreational sports administration from Indiana University. She is a Certified Recreational Sports Specialist through the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association and a Certified Pool Operator through the National Swimming Pool Foundation. Lisa is also a Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor-certified, as well as a CPR/First Aid Instructor, and served as the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) State Director for N.H. and Vt. from 1999-2001. Lisa’s interests include running, golfing, and spending time with her husband and dogs.

Anna Miner
Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid

Anna came to Colby-Sawyer in 2014, was named director of admissions in 2015, and was appointed Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid in June 2017 to lead all enrollment activities, including first-year, transfer and graduate admissions, as well as financial aid. She brings more than 20 years of experience in private secondary, undergraduate and graduate level admissions. Previously, Anna served as director of admissions at Fontbonne Academy, assistant director of graduate admissions at Simmons College and admissions counselor at Stonehill College. Anna also brings a wealth of recruitment knowledge from her experience in college relations positions with companies including Dell EMC and Shawmut Design and Construction. Anna holds a B.A. in psychology from Stonehill College and an M.Ed. in administration of higher education from Suffolk University. Anna and her husband, Chris, operate New London’s Morgan Hill Bookstore. Anna enjoys boating with her family on Lake Sunapee, walking around the area lakes and learning to crochet.

Daniel B. Parish
Vice President for College Advancement

Dan joined Colby-Sawyer in August 2017 as Vice President for College Advancement to lead alumni relations, college communications, development and community partnerships programs. Dan has more than 25 years of experience in higher education; he began his career in undergraduate admissions and has worked at Connecticut College, Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth College. After serving as the Director of Admissions Recruitment at Dartmouth College for a decade, Dan was the inaugural director of the Dartmouth for Life program in the Office of Alumni Relations. In this role, he was a member of the advancement management team and coordinated a number of alumni initiatives. Dan earned his A.B. in history at Dartmouth College and an Ed.M. in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Dan grew up hiking and camping with his family, and he loves to get outside as often as he can to hike, run and ski.

Laura Sykes
Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty

Following a national search, Laura was appointed Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty in June 2017 to oversee the faculty, academic departments and academic support services. Laura began her faculty career at Colby-Sawyer in 2001 and holds rank as Professor of Environmental Science. She also served as department chair from 2013 to 2016 and was interim Academic Vice President in 2016-17. Laura received the college’s Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009 as well as the N.H. Educator of the Year Award in 2014. Her research interests center on alpine flora in the Mount Washington region. Prior to her academic career, Laura was an administrator in the Hogan Sports Center from 1993 to 2001. Laura received her B.S. in exercise and sport science from Colby-Sawyer College and her M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental studies from Antioch University New England. She was born and raised in New Hampshire and is a skilled rock climber and mountaineer.