President Shirley M. Collado's career has been shaped by a commitment to collaboration, innovation, and the value of full participation. These commitments have emerged as common threads throughout her career as a clinical psychologist, faculty member, not-for-profit manager, and higher education administrator. She joins the Ithaca College community at an exciting time in the institution’s history: 2017 marks the college’s 125th anniversary, and a yearlong celebration will honor its roots, distinctiveness in U.S. higher education, and special relationships that have connected students, alumni, faculty, staff, and families through the years. 

Collado began her tenure as Ithaca College's ninth president on July 1, 2017. She was inaugurated on November 4, 2017, as part of the Weekend on South Hill, a three-day celebration of the college’s 125th anniversary.  

“I am proud to welcome Shirley Collado to Ithaca College as our next president,” says Thomas Grape ’80, chairman of the board of trustees. “The breadth and caliber of her experience in student and faculty development, her strength in large-scale strategic planning, her commitment to shared governance, and her track record of bringing people together to solve problems and get results make her the perfect leader to shape the next chapter of this college’s history.”