Costantino 'Chris' Colombo was appointed MIT's Dean for Student Life in August 2008.
Prior to joining MIT, he served in a variety of leadership positions at Columbia University, including dean of student affairs (1998–2008), dean of undergraduate admissions and financial aid (1995–1998), and dean of students (1992–1998). During his 16-year career at Columbia, his responsibilities included developing, implementing, and overseeing programs and services to support the educational, social, and personal development of students, as well as building a spirit of community for undergraduate students. He successfully reorganized the student services division with a strategic direction and implemented an enrollment management plan to enhance the diversity of the student population.
From 1975 to 1992, Dean Colombo worked at Johns Hopkins University in a variety of positions, including dean of students and dean of Homewood Schools Services. He led the offices of Academic Services, Athletics, Counseling and Psychiatric Services, the Homewood Schools Business Office, the Dean of Students Office, the Substance Abuse and Prevention Program, Admissions and Financial Aid, and the Health Clinic/Services. His major achievements at Johns Hopkins included a housing renovation program, a wellness program, and an international fellows program.
Dean Colombo has spent more than 30 years in higher education administration and has presented his thoughts on "Redefining the Role of Student Affairs—An Organizational Change Model" to the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and on "Using Enrollment Management as a Tool for Organizational Change" to the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). He has also offered a full-day workshop at ACPA on the role of organizational change in higher education.
He is affiliated with the American College Personnel Association, American Health College Association, Consortium on Financing Higher Education, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and National Orientation Directors Association.
Dean Colombo received his BS from the University of Maryland and an MS in applied behavioral science with a concentration in organizational development from the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University.