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Iris has served as Dean of Admissions at Dean College since 2014, overseeing student recruitment, application review and the office operations. As an enrollment professional in higher education for 25 years, Iris has worked for community colleges, public state universities, and private institutions. However, she sees Dean as distinctly different.
"Dean College is the ideal choice for those that want to invest in themselves. The amount of student support and attention is unmatched. The administration, faculty and staff know each student personally and are all committed to their achievement. Regardless of where you are both academically and personally when you begin at Dean, your options are unlimited to transform yourself by the time you graduate."
Iris's biggest piece of advice to prospective students is to visit campus. "Whether you are new to the college process or considering transferring, I encourage you to come for a visit. Our campus is absolutely beautiful and you will feel welcome just walking around it. Once you start talking to people you will immediately understand the special place that this is and learn that there are people here who care about you from the minute we meet you."
When not on campus, Iris enjoys spending time with her family including two daughters who are a great source of pride. One is a recent college graduate who is just starting out blazing her own trail and another who is just starting college. "For the parents reading this putting their first child through college, I can promise you, it gets easier very soon! Call me and I’ll talk you through it."
Iris holds a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Boston University and a B.S. in Psychology from Syracuse University. She has served on local, regional and national boards and is past-president of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA). Additionally, she has presented at numerous conferences both locally and nationally and has served as a volunteer counselor at Framingham High School, assisting students and families with the college application and financial aid process.
Favorite Course Ever TakenSocial Psychology, if I have to pick just one.
Who was your Academic Mentor?The greatest influence in my academic life was my father whoinstilled in me to always do the absolute best I could and never settle foranything but “excellent.”
Favorite PastimeSeeing a great movie, Sudoku, Baking.
What's on your bucket list?Tennis at Wimbledon to see the Championships in person.
What does the Dean Difference mean to you?It is the reason I am here at Dean. It means that you will get a college experience like no other surroundedby people whose primary goal is your success, not just as a student, but also as aperson.
Connecticut (Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham Counties),
Florida, Georgia, New York (Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester Counties),
North Carolina, South Carolina
James is both a Senior Admissions Counselor and the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach. He is an advocate for student-athletes and believes that the academic environment at Dean can help students thrive.
“Once I started in my position at Dean and began to get involved in the community, I was amazed to see how proactive Dean is with its students. We go to great lengths to see them succeed. I especially see this through athletics where, amongst many other departments, the Dean Difference takes place. As the Men’s Lacrosse Coach, it is important that all my student-athletes are successful on the field and in the classroom, so more doors will open for their future."
If you’re looking for a supportive community that will push you to succeed, Dean is the school for you. “I believe in the ‘Dean Difference’ because we have a tremendous record of preparing students for future success and helping them grow academically, personally, and socially. Our atmosphere is different from most other colleges and universities because of our small size and diversity of students.”
James holds a B.A. in European Studies from Hobart College in Geneva, New York. He is active in the lacrosse community in New England and is always looking to grow the sport while being a strong advocate for Dean College.
Favorite Course Ever Taken Star Trek Physics with Prof Spector… Who was your Academic Mentor? My father. Favorite Pastime Lacrosse. What’s on your bucket list? West Coast road trip.
What does The Dean Difference mean to you? Unmatched personalized attention.
Transfer students; Massachusetts (North Shore and Metrowest, Essex, Middlesex and
Jaclyn has worked in admissions at both large public and small private institutions, which makes her an ideal resource for transfer students.
"My advice to all prospective students is to visit campus! Whether you are a freshman student or a transfer student, visiting may be the most important part in the decision making process. Go on tour and ask questions! Talk with current students and faculty. Learn about all the things Dean has to offer. This will be a place you call 'home' for the next four years so you really want to make sure it's the right fit!"
Jaclyn received her B.A. in business management and a double minor in management information systems and political science from a small liberal arts school in NH. She and her husband are avid New England sports fans and try to catch a game whenever possible. Jaclyn's goal is to see a baseball game at every professional ball park in America. She's has been to five, only 25 more to go!
Dance and Theatre students; Massachusetts (Boston and Cambridge, Cape Cod, Bristol, Plymouth and Norfolk
Christy spent four wonderful years at Dean before joining the staff after graduation. A talented dancer, she works with students interested in the College's performance-based programs.
As a Dance major at Dean, Christy performed in several college productions, her favorites being Dance Company and Cabaret. She was also active in campus life, serving as president of the Residence Hall Association.
"My time at Dean was fabulous and I never tire from showing off our beautiful campus and facilities," Christy says. She enjoys being a part of the admissions team and looks forward to student auditions, hoping to see the next star before they make it big.
Getting to Know ChristyFavorite Course Ever TakenDance Pedagogy.Who was your Academic Mentor?Dean College Professor Skillings.Favorite PastimeDancing.What’s on your bucket list?Go swimming with the dolphins!What does The Dean Difference mean to you?The Dean Difference means that everyone
on campus is a family and will be there when you need help.
firstname.lastname@example.org, 508-541-1510Territory: Connecticut
(Hartford, Litchfield and Tolland Counties), Maine, Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin,
Hampden and Hampshire Counties), New York (Upstate Counties), New Hampshire,
Larry came to Dean College in 1983 and is currently the Senior Assistant Director of Admissions. He also teaches history and has served as an advisor and tutor in the College's academic support program.
Larry has seen a parade of associate degree alumni transfer on to four-year colleges, both inside and outside New England. These options were not available to them before earning their Dean degree, boosting their grades and finding an academic focus.
"It has been very rewarding to see these students come back and visit campus and tell us of those positive experiences that Dean helped provide." Larry lives nearby with his wife Susan and often spends time on weekends visiting the grandchildren. He ran cross country and track in high school and college and still runs local road races. In 2009, he won his age group in the 1500 meter run in the Massachusetts Senior Olympics.
Larry holds a B.S. and an M.Ed. degree from Springfield College as well as M.Ed.'s in Special Education (UMass-Boston) and History (Framingham State University).
Favorite Course Ever Taken Colonial American History in graduate school for my Master’s degree at Framingham State University. Who was your Academic Mentor? Dr. Herb Zettl, History teacher for my B.S. degree at Springfield College. Favorite Pastime I ran cross country and track in high school and college and still run a few road races each year. What’s on your bucket list? To see a baseball game at Camden Yards--the home park of the Baltimore Orioles. To visit the city of Quebec in Canada. What does The Dean Difference mean to you? It's helping students reach their full potential by providing a supportive, caring environment to learn and grow.
email@example.com, 508-541-1541Territory: Alabama,
Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New
Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee,
Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, WyomingJoe joined the Admissions staff just after the start
of 2014-2015 academic school year. He is
a recent graduate of Dean with a B.A. in Theatre and serves
as one of the admissions counselors.
Favorite Course Ever Taken Directing.
Going to see a Broadway show.
What’s on your bucket list? To travel to Italy.
What does The Dean Difference mean to you? A friendly and heartwarming community where students can learn, explore, and grow inside and outside the classroom.
Click here to email JanetOffice Phone: (508) 541-1517
Janet has been in the Admissions Office at Dean College for the past 16 years. An alumna of Dean College, she received her associate degree in 2003. Janet grew up in Franklin and is amazed at how much the town has grown and all the changes Dean College is undergoing. It's all very exciting. Franklin is a great town. While having all the amenities of a big city it still offers the closeness of a small New England town.
Janet has experienced firsthand what a great school Dean College is. Both Janet's children attended Dean College. Her daughter transferred on to Emerson as a Communications major and her son went to UMASS/Amherst and then on to Suffolk Law School. Her daughter works for WBRU radio station at Brown University and her son is a Lawyer in Boston. Dean College gave them the confidence they needed to succeed.
Click here to email KathyOffice Phone: (508) 541-1515Kathy Ryan joined Dean College in December of 2003 as the Director of Enrollment Operations after a successful 20-year career in the software industry. The move to higher education has been a wonderful one for her personally. Interacting with students and families on a regular basis is something she finds extremely rewarding.
Click here to email LynneOffice Phone: (508) 541-1514
Lynne joined the Dean College Office of Admission in November 2009. She is a longtime resident of Franklin.
Click here to email MaureenOffice Phone: (508) 541-1508
Maureen has been a member of the Admissions Office at Dean since late fall of 2009. You will find her in the increasingly busy reception area, greeting visitors and answering telephone inquiries to schedule tours, arrange admission interviews, and provide information about Dean College and the admissions process.
Having guided her own two children through what seemed like countless college tours, she can identify with the families visiting our campus and looking for the best possible fit.
“It is a pleasure to assist our applicant families as they are introduced to all that Dean College has to offer — from our baccalaureate degree programs to our renowned academic support services. I know that Dean may be one of many visits a family is making during the search process and we do our best to represent The Dean Difference. Visitors are impressed by the level of attention they receive during their visit to our campus — a preview of what Dean students experience each day.”
Maureen holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts and an M.A. from Simmons College. Prior to joining Dean, Maureen had a successful career in the financial services industry and was also employed in elementary education. A Franklin resident since 1985, she is a great resource for families wanting to learn more about the area and its amenities.
Getting to Know MaureenFavorite Course Ever TakenSocial Psychology – I wrote a paper about how close physical space can inspire people to make personal revelations to strangers such as hairdressers, taxi drivers, seatmates on airplanes, etc. It was interesting to do the research, find exceptions (and variables which may have come into play), and interview subjects. Also Statistics…the professor frequently used card games as the event we would have to estimate the probability on – for example – the odds of drawing 4 aces given a hand of 7 cards with 3 other players where you are dealt the first card. Who was your Academic Mentor?My favorite Sociology professor for whom I worked as a lab assistant, grading papers and running review sessions. I took every one of his courses, was never bored, and he wrote my recommendation for grad school.Favorite PastimeWalking, hiking or almost anything outdoorsy (especially al fresco dining).What’s on your bucket list?Learn another language, visit Italy, England and France (instead of the tropical islands I usually visit). What does The Dean Difference mean to you?Personalized attention, small classes, faculty and staff who are deeply concerned with their students’ success. You see evidence of this all the time at student performances, sporting events, exam week late night breakfasts, etc. Faculty and staff attend because they genuinely care about the students and wouldn’t think of missing out on an opportunity to support them.
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