Jeffrey Herbst

Jeffrey I. Herbst
Born (1961-03-24) March 24, 1961
Jamaica, Queens, New York, United States
Education Princeton University (BA,1983)
Yale University (MA & MPhil,1985)
Yale University (PhD, 1987)
Title Former President and CEO of Newseum
Spouse(s) Sharon Polansky
Children Matthew Herbst, Spencer Herbst, and Alana Herbst

Jeffrey I. Herbst is an American political scientist, the former 16th President of Colgate University, and was President and CEO of the Newseum in Washington, D.C.[1] He resigned from his post at the Newseum in 2017 as the museum announced financial issues.[2] Prior to assuming the presidency of Colgate in 2010,[3] he was Provost, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, and professor of political science at Miami University. He received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1983, M.A., M.Phil from Yale University in 1985, and Ph.D. in 1987 also from Yale. He is married to Sharon Polansky, with whom he has three children, Matthew, Spencer, and Alana.

Herbst has written extensively on political and international affairs in Africa.[4] He is the author of State Politics in Zimbabwe (Perspectives on Southern Africa) and States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons in Authority and Control (Princeton University Press, 2000), which received the 2001 Luebbert Best Book Award[5] in comparative politics for the year 2000 from the American Political Science Association. It was also a finalist for the 2001 Melville J. Herskovits Award for the best book in African studies awarded by the African Studies Association.[6]

Herbst has two siblings, his sister Susan who is the President of the University of Connecticut, and his brother Steve, who is Vice President of broadcasting and global media strategy for NASCAR.[7]

See also


  1. "Jeffrey Herbst Selected as Newseum President and CEO". Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  2. "Newseum's president steps down as financial review begins". Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  3. "Herbst named 16th President of Colgate University". WKTV. November 16, 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
  4. "The World Bank's Diminishing Role in Africa". New York Times. July 11, 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  5. "Luebbert Best Book Award Winners 2001". American Political Science Organization. Jan 14, 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  6. "Biographies - Jeffrey Herbst". Colgate University. Colgate U. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  7. "Newseum named former Colgate president as its next CEO". Washington Post.

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