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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.
International students and US students overseas; Delaware, Maryland, New York
City, Texas, US Territories, Virginia, and Washington, DC
Ronn joined the Dean team in the fall of 2011 and brought an extensive résumé of professional admissions activities, including conference presentations, published articles, awards and panel appearances.
All international students and U.S. citizens from overseas work directly with Ronn Beck, our Director of International Admissions. Ronn enjoys helping students and finds Dean to be the right choice for many. “I’ve always been a fan of smaller, supportive colleges like Dean. It’s easy to join clubs and be involved, find help with your classes, make friends, and really know your teachers.” Ronn is a longtime member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and has served on two national committees. He also belongs to both the Overseas and New England Associations for College Admission Counseling, where he has been on the Executive and Governing Boards and various committees involving governance, finance and professional development. Internationally, Ronn has visited more than three-dozen countries on five continents. (Australia and New Zealand are on his wish list.) He’s directed overseas recruitment tours, worked as a college counselor in China, and been a guest speaker at high schools in Paris, Tokyo, Singapore and Mexico City. Among his favorite travel highlights are climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, swimming off the coast of Bali, riding elephants in Thailand, and passing through Check Point Charlie at the Berlin Wall. Ronn earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Clark University and a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut. Together with his wife—they were engaged in France—he enjoys traveling and has been to 49 of the 50 United States. (Can you guess which one he’s missed?)
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.
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