News Bites Week of Oct. 13

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Robert Goldberg, chief operating officer at Barnard College, was hired to be Pomona College’s new vice president, chief operating officer and treasurer. (Courtesy of Pomona College)

Pomona hires new treasurer from Barnard College

Pomona College is hiring Robert Goldberg, chief operating officer of Barnard College, to become vice president, chief operating officer and treasurer starting Jan. 1, according to a news release.

Goldberg will replace Karen Sisson PO ’79, who served in the position for 11 years and retired at the end of 2019, TSL previously reported.

At Barnard, a women’s college affiliated with Columbia University in New York City, Goldberg oversaw the design and construction of a $150 million library and academic building, the news release said. He also served as interim president of the college in 2017.

“Rob deeply understands the human needs and possibilities behind budget numbers and financial choices,” Pomona President G. Gabrielle Starr said in the news release.

Goldberg facilitated Columbia University’s switch from dining service provider Aramark to Chartwells after students protested Aramark’s connection to private prisons and allegations of misconduct, the Columbia Spectator reported.

Pomona Dean of Students Avis Hinkson was also hired from Barnard last May, TSL previously reported. Hinkson served as Barnard’s dean of the college and started at Pomona on Aug. 1, 2018.

Before starting at Barnard in 2014, Goldberg served as a senior budget official for the U.S. State Department, managing the United States’ $52 billion international affairs budget, according to the news release.

He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international affairs from The George Washington University. 

— Jaimie Ding

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