Robert Colley

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Robert Colley ’66 lives in an old farmhouse in Fabius, New York with his wife Katryn Hansen, his daughter Maura (Hamilton ’19), two border collies, a cat, and various chickens. At Hamilton, he majored in English, was a member of Sigma Phi fraternity, an editor of the yearbook, and a member of Nous Onze.

Following graduation, after working briefly at Scribner’s in NYC, he studied English literature and then philosophy at Syracuse University before ultimately pursuing a full-time administrative career at that institution. Highlights of his career include the development and administration of several highly-ranked mid-career degree programs, development of the distance learning program administered to the U.S. Marines during the Gulf wars, creation of Syracuse’s first series of online courses, and the founding of the award-winning arts journal Stone Canoe. He retired as associate dean of University College in 2013. Along the way, he has published papers and taught University courses in professional ethics, literature, and publishing.

In retirement, Bob continues to edit and publish books under his imprint, Standing Stone Books, serves as a juror for the Independent Publishers’ Book awards, and serves on the boards of various arts organizations, including the Arts Branch of the Greater Syracuse YMCA and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca. He also enjoys sailing, tennis and photography, and continues to read great literature, as he learned to do at Hamilton.

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