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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:
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.
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.
Favorite Course Ever TakenEmotional 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.
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 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 TakenConstitutional 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 ActivitiesDr. 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.
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.
His 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
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.
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.
Prior 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:
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 TakenLeadership 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.
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.
Dan 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 TakenJohanian Literature.
Who was your Academic Mentor?None.
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.
Linda has been a member of the Senior Management team at Dean since 2005. She has over 30 years of experience as an educator and senior executive manager in higher education.
Linda serves as the Chief Academic Officer and oversees all academic programs and faculty at Dean and leads academic planning initiatives, accreditation self-study and compliance processes and strategic planning initiatives. She led the institutional strategic planning process that resulted in the current plan which culminates in 2015, the 150th anniversary of the founding of the College. During her tenure she also led the processes for development and implementation of four of the College's five baccalaureate degree programs.
She has held leadership roles in regional and national professional associations, including the Academic Affairs Think Tank of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA). Dr. Ragosta has presented at numerous national and regional professional conferences on topics including; Retention Strategies, Change Planning, Institutional Policy Development, Creativity and Management, International Exchange Programs, Leadership Development, Effective Communication and Team Building, Trends in Student Culture, and Behavioral Health Issues and College Students.
Linda earned a doctorate in Higher Education at Nova Southeastern University, M.Ed.at Bridgewater State College, and B.A. at Framingham State College.
Getting to Know Linda
Favorite Course History of Asian Art
Academic Mentor Fifth Grade Teacher - Mrs. Blanche Ellison
Favorite Pastime Beach, Boating, snorkeling, anything involving the ocean
Bucket List Too many to list.
What does The Dean Difference mean to you? A dynamic, active, engaged community of educators and learners. Dean is characterized by a Curriculum and Co-Curriculum that is learner-centered in its philosophy and practice and nurtures a spirit of curiosity and inquirywhere faculty and staff truly know students by name and they know us. An atmosphere that fosters open communication and dialog among students, faculty and staff and facilitates all participants toward reaching their goals.
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.
Currently 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 PastimeEvery 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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