President's Bio & CV
Jill Tiefenthaler became Colorado College’s 13th president on July 1, 2011.
During her first year, she began the extensive process that has led to the strategic plan titled “The Colorado College Plan: Building on the Block.” Over the course of her first 12 months, which she referred to as “The Year of Listening,” she met with students, faculty, staff and community members, and heard from hundreds of alumni in over a dozen cities, about the experiences and aspirations of the college.
In year two, President Tiefenthaler worked with the community and Board of Trustees to finalize a strategic plan that focuses primarily on supporting engaged teaching and learning, strengthening the college’s definition and profile as a distinctive place of learning, and extending the international reach of the college. In addition to making a deeper investment in the pioneering Block Plan and developing both a nationally recognized summer program and winter Half Block program, the strategic plan also supports creativity with a new innovation institute, enhances the campus with both regional and global perspectives in mind, and fosters a culture of workplace excellence.
Tiefenthaler is a leading scholar in the field of the economics of higher education. Her essay on the shifting economic and financial models for liberal arts colleges appears in Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts (Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2013), and she has offered her expertise on this issue in numerous presentations across the country, including for the Institute for College Futures. As professor of economics at the college, she regularly teaches a block class on the economics of higher education.
After receiving her Ph.D. in economics from Duke University, she joined the faculty of Colgate University in 1991, also serving as department chair, associate dean of the faculty and senior adviser to the president. Before becoming president of Colorado College, she served as provost and professor of economics at Wake Forest University, where she led the implementation of the university’s strategic plan and key initiatives, including diversity in admissions and enrollment, establishing new models for enhanced interdisciplinary research and collaboration, and integrating the university’s undergraduate and graduate business schools.
President Tiefenthaler is originally from Iowa, where she grew up on a farm and worked for her family’s popcorn business before attending Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana. She is married to Kevin Rask, a college research professor in economics at Colorado College. They have two children, Olivia, 15, and Owen, 12.