10 Questions for Caroline Tolbert

The new director of alumni and constituent engagement joined the Nazareth community officially in January. But she has long had connections here.

As a Pittsford native, she attended Naz theater productions on school field trips. She started dating her now-husband Isaiah Tolbert ’07, ’16G when he was an area director for residence halls on campus — and she joined him at student events, homecoming and reunion, and meals in the Cab. They were married on campus in 2015 in the Linehan Chapel, surrounded by many Naz alumni and friends.

Now, "after admiring the Nazareth community from the outside, I'm thrilled to finally have my own place in the family,” Tolbert said from her office in Golisano Academic Center. “I'm looking forward to getting to know Naz alumni and to helping foster meaningful connections."


What books are currently on your nightstand?

As a mother of two toddler girls (Charlotte, 3, and Eleanor, 4), lots of parenting and potty-training ones!


What was one of your more formative experiences?

Going to an all girls school (Our Lady of Mercy) and later serving on its board of trustees. I believe so strongly in giving young women that opportunity, and it’s made me the person I am today — and given me some of my best friends. Because of that, it’s so important to me to give back by being involved in my community.


What is your happy place?

Any place with good friends, good food, and good conversation.


What’s your favorite meal and why?

Any meal that ends (or starts!) with my mom’s cutout cookie recipe.


What about you would surprise people the most?

I’ve lived in three of the top 10 cities in the country — Boston, San Jose, and New York City — but I chose Rochester as home.


Who are your role models?

My dad, for his selflessness, and my mom, for so many things, but especially as an example of a working woman and mother.


In the movie of your life, who would star as you?

Anne Hathaway.


What is your favorite TV show and why?

The West Wing. It’s so well written, the actors have great chemistry, and even though I’ve seen it over and over again and know what happens, I feel the emotions as if it were the first time, every time.


What is your most-used emoji?

partying-face_1f973.png Everyone likes a party!


What is your most treasured possession?

My engagement ring and wedding band. They belonged to my grandmother, and she gave them to Isaiah when we were getting serious.

Caroline Tolbert

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