Leadership

  • Meet the Senior Leadership Team

    Led by Dr. Paula M. Rooney, the senior management team is responsible for leading Dean College in successfully implementing its mission.  

    Owning close to 100 years in higher education and over 50 years of service at Dean College, the senior team owns a rich history of spreading The Dean Difference to thousands of students.

    Click below to meet the team:

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      Dr. Paula M. Rooney, President

      Dr. Paula M. Rooney was named the 13th president of Dean College in 1995. During Dr. Rooney’s 18 years in office, Dean College’s enrollment has more than doubled and overall retention has increased substantially, while new baccalaureate partnerships and programs have been launched to complement the college’s established associate degree programs. In addition, campus improvements such as new building construction and renovation and Dean’s wireless technology environment have dramatically transformed the campus. Under Dr. Rooney’s stewardship, Dean College’s financial status has been solidified as endowment has quadrupled from $7.9 million to $32 million. 

      Dr Paula RooneyRecent highlights of Dr. Rooney’s tenure include establishment of five baccalaureate  degree programs taking the College from a mix of 100% associate degree students to one with a mix of 60% associate and 40% baccalaureate degree students;  the completionof a $55 million campus improvement project that consists of a renovated library learning commons, enhanced athletic facilities, a new dining center and  revamped campus center featuring state of the art classrooms, new theatre, multi-purpose room, centerfor career planning and academic advising, and a new 122-bed residence hall.  

      Dean College has received national recognition for The Dean Difference – the College’s distinct model for student success that increased the graduation rate by over 30%. Dr. Rooney’s vision is to help each student reach their full potential, both insideand outside the classroom, and to achieve all of their goals. 

      In addition to her responsibilities at Dean College, Dr. Rooney is active in both professional and community circles, the 495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership, the Hockomock Area YMCA Board of Incorporators and the New England Council, the last of whichshe also serves as chair of the Higher Education Committee. She also is a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary/Treasurer of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts. 

      Previously vice president for student affairs at Babson College, Dr. Rooney formerly held senior academic and administrative appointments at Reed College, Colgate University and Indiana University. She holds a B.A. degree from Framingham State Collegeand master’s and doctorate degrees from Indiana University. 
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        Gary Convertino, Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness & Chief Human Resources Officer

        Gary is a seasoned Human Resources Professional, Consultant, and Professor with over 17 years of successful experience in human resources management, strategy, business development, change management, administration and financial stewardship.

        Gary ConvertinoGetting to Know Gary 

        Favorite Course Ever Taken
        Emotional Intelligence.

        Who was your Academic Mentor?
        Max DePree – through the book “Leadership Jazz.”

        Favorite Pastime 
        Skiing, and then more skiing!

        What’s on your bucket list? 
        What’s not! – Mostly though, to drive a Zamboni at a Bruins game.

        What does The Dean Difference mean to you?
        Service! To support students, and staff/faculty, to meet the academic challenges of today’s world, and work towards each student’s educational, personal, and professional success.

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        Michael Fishbein, Vice President, Academic Affairs

        Michael has a long-standing history of creating student success, working collaboratively with faculty and the community to build programs and devise models to support retention and academic achievement.

        Michael FishbeinPrior to his position at Dean, Dr. Fishbein served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Mitchell College in New London, CT. He has also served as President of Antioch University, Midwest, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Daniel Webster College, Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officer at Lyndon State College and Dean of Cazenovia College.

        Dr. Fishbein received his Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology from Bernard M. Baruch College and his Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Psychology from Clark University.  He is also a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University. 

        Additionally, Dr. Fishbein is active in the community, having served on many boards throughout the years. He currently serves as Vice President of the New London Main Street organization. Prior board services include: Community Resources Board (CIC), Yellow Springs/Miami townships; Board of Clothes That Work; Board of Directors, and founding Chair of the Board of the Academy of Science and Design Charter School; Treasurer of Temple Beth Abraham; Board of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative Education Committee, and the Inter-Religious Council of Central New York.

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        Cindy T. Kozil, Vice President, Student Development and Retention

        Cindy has over 25 years of Student Affairs experience serving in a variety of roles at Eastern Illinois University, Western New England College and Dean College.

        Cindy KozilCindy is currently responsible for overseeing the areas of the Robbins Family Center for Advising & Career Planning, Morton Family Learning Center, Athletics, Residence Life, Student Conduct & Community Standards, Student Activities & Leadership Development, New Student Orientation, Dining Services, and Health & Counseling Services. She has been active in NACA, NODA and NASPA and has served her community as a board member for the Hockomock YMCA, and the Franklin Downtown Partnership.

        She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from The University of Connecticut, a Master of Science in Education from Eastern Illinois University, and a Human Resource Management Certificate from Dean College. She is a recipient of the NASPA Region I Institutional Leadership Award and was named an Honorary Alumna at Dean College.

        Getting to Know Cindy

        Favorite Course Ever Taken
        Constitutional Interpretation (a Pre-law course).

        Who was your Mentor? 
        I had two mentors that had a major impact on my career path:
        M. Kevin Fahey, UCONN Director of Student Activities
        Dr. Carol Wiggins, UCONN VP Student Affairs

        Favorite Pastime? 
        Traveling and reading.

        What’s on your bucket list?
        Traveling to Korea and Greece.

        What does the Dean Difference mean to you?
        Dean is a caring community of faculty and staff that creates an environment for students to reach their potential and be successful both inside and outside the classroom. By meeting students where they are at, providing personal attention, mentoring, guidance, encouragement and support, Dean students are able to set and achieve academic, career and life goals.

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        Darrell Kulesza, Vice President, Information Technology and CIO

        Prior to joining Dean College, Darrell worked at Perot Systems for nineteen years as a business analyst in data center operations, technical support and help desk services, then progressed through a variety of leadership positions from team lead, Global Applications Director Deputy CIO and Client Executive.

        Darrell KuleszaHis roles with Perot Systems included Global Applications Director for Parsons Corporation, a $2.5 Billion per year engineering and Construction Company headquartered in Pasadena, California and, prior to this, serving as Deputy CIO for Parsons Infrastructure and Technology, a $1.0 billion per year global business unit of the Parsons Corporation. He was also Senior Applications Manager for Volkswagen of America's Legacy applications leading a number of key initiatives including a major migration from mainframe-based systems to client-server based systems with an object-oriented architecture. His first major assignment with Perot Systems, was part of a small team of key business analysis's who were on-site with Codex Motorola during the implementation of an enterprise critical order management system.    

        Prior to his career in information technology, he had a successful career in retail management, working for the Lodge at Harvard Square and Filenes in a variety of positions starting as a trainee and eventually holding District Manager and Operations Manager positions.

        Darrell's favorite leadership quote is "The true leader serves. Serves People. Serves their best interests, and in so doing will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are motivated by loving concern rather than a desire for personal glory, the are willing to pay the price."  Eugene B. Habecker The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.

        Getting to Know Darrell

        What was your Faovorite Course
        Any Science Class (Biology, Zoology etc.)

        Who was your Academic Mentor?
        My eighth grade teacher, Mr. Harryman, who helped me to become a better student and to start enjoying learning and education in general.  

        Favorite Pastime
        Well, now my favorite pastime is watching my children play sports. In general, I just enjoy spending time with my family.
         
         What's on your bucket list?
        Run the Boston Marathon. Be part of a Windjammer crew in the Bahamas. Obtain my graduate degree. See my children achieve their goals in life. 
         
        What does The Dean Difference mean to you?  
        When I hear the phrase "Dean Difference" it brings to mind that extra attention that we give to our students to aid them on their journeys to success. I've observed firsthand, genuine sincerity and interest shown to our students by both faculty and staff members. It is looking at each student as a person, uniquely equipped to contribute to the community at Dean College and beyond.
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        John Marcus, Vice President, Enrollment Services and Marketing

        John joined Dean in February 2010, having worked in higher education and the education financing industry for more than 28 years. He is responsible for leading the admissions, financial aid, marketing, communications and School of Continuing Studies operations at the College.

        John MarcusPrior to joining Dean College, John served as Senior Vice President for Business Development and Marketing at TERI, the largest private loan guarantor and a leading non-profit provider of college access programs. Previously, John was the President of Nellie Mae, a Sallie Mae Subsidiary and the 10th largest student loan company in the U.S. where he oversaw the sales, marketing and operation areas of the company. He began his career working in higher education administration in both admissions and financial aid. He served as Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Westfield State College, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Fitchburg State College and as an Admission/Financial Aid Counselor at North Adams State College.

        John has served in a number of leadership positions, including:

        • Trustee for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
        • Trustee for The Sage School, an independent school for gifted children
        • Chair of the Board of Directors for Notre Dame Mission Volunteer - AmeriCorps
        • President and Treasurer of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

        John received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Adams State College and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

        Getting to Know John

        Favorite Course Ever Taken
        Leadership Styles. 

        Who was your Academic Mentor?
        Did not have one.

        Favorite Pastime 
        Riding my bike at the beach.

        What’s on your bucket list? 
        Wine touring through Napa.

         What does The Dean Difference mean to you?
        Providing a nurturing environment where a student will feel comfortable to explore new things and find the success they seek.

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        Daniel Modelane, Vice President, Financial Services, and Treasurer

        Dan has held various senior level positions in manufacturing and telecommunications companies. He began his career in the Finance Career Development program at Data General.

        Daniel ModelaneDan was the Corporate Controller at both Act Manufacturing and CTC Communications Corp. Prior to joining Dean College as its Vice President of Financial Services, he held several financial management positions at One Communications. He has extensive experience in raising capital, financial controls and financial reporting. He has a BA in Accounting from Providence College and an MBA from Bentley College. 

        Getting to Know Dan

        Favorite Course Ever Taken
        Johanian Literature.

        Who was your Academic Mentor?
        None.

        Favorite Pastime
        Exercising.

        What's on your bucket list?
        None.

        What does The Dean Difference mean to you?
        It means focusing on the student and providing a learning experience that is flexible and varied so that each student can be successful.

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        Coleen Resnick, Vice President, Institutional Advancement

        After working in direct marketing for publishing companies in NYC and CT, Coleen entered the nonprofit world at Boston University in 1998. As Executive Director of Annual Giving, she was an integral member of the Senior Management team. Upon completion of nine years with BU, Coleen took a position at Dean College as the Assistant Vice President.

        Coleen ResnickCurrently the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Coleen oversees the IA team. The IA office focuses on the following areas: leadership gifts, annual giving, alumni relations, stewardship, advancement services, special events, publishing of the Dean Bulletin, and corporation and foundation giving. Coleen is active at her children's school and at Fairfield University.

        Getting to Know Coleen

        Favorite Course Ever Taken 
        Group Dynamics, this was an elective for my BA in Psychology.

         Who was your Academic Mentor?
        Fr. Aloysius Kelley, former President of Fairfield University. 

        Favorite Pastime
        Every minute I spend with my children. 

        What's on your bucket list?
        Creating a bucket list.

        What does The Dean Difference mean to you? 
        Although hard to capture in words, it is the culture of support and collaboration across campus designed to create an environment where everyone succeeds. These successes are reported time and time again from our alumni who state, "If it had not been for Dean, I would never be where I am today."

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