Rick A. Lopez

Rick A. Lopez

Anson D. Morse 1871 Professor of History and Professor of Environmental Studies; Dean of New Students; Chair of Latinx and Latin Amer Studies

201 Converse Hall

Dean for the Class of 2026 and new transfer students; Dean of New Students & Professor of History & Environmental Studies.

Jess Caldwell-O'Keefe

Jess Caldwell-O'Keefe

Senior Associate Dean of Students & Class Dean

Converse Hall

Senior Associate Dean of Students and Sophomore Class Dean.  Currently class years of 2025 are handled by Dean Caldwell-O'Keefe.

David E. Schneider

David E. Schneider

Georges Lurcy Professor of Music; Dean of the Class of 2023

Arms Music Center Room 225

Provides personal and academic counseling of students in the Class of 2023E/2023; Georges Lurcy Professor of Music & European Studies

Charri J. Boykin-East

Charri J. Boykin-East

Senior Associate Dean of Students

Converse Hall Room 201E

Dean for the Class of 2024; Senior Associate Dean of Students

Michelle L. Welles

Michelle L. Welles

Senior Academic Support Coordinator

Michelle provides all aspects of administrative support for the 2023/2023E Class Dean David Schneider and for the 2025/2025E Class Dean Jess Caldwell-O'Keefe.   Michelle oversees the implementation of processes and policies used by the Team of Class Deans.  Michelle also provides support and training for the staff of Academic Support Coordinators.

Stefani Sleczkowski

Stefani Sleczkowski

Academic Support Coordinator

Converse Hall Room 201

Stefani provides all aspects of administrative support for the New Dean of Students, Rick A. López and for the 2024/2024E Class Dean Charri Boykin-East.  

What We Do

The Office of Student Affairs supports a Class Dean System which does the following:

  • Provides a Dean who is dedicated to the oversight and stewardship of each class year.
  • Offers direct personal attention to each student.
  • Establishes one-on-one relationships between the students and their class dean.
  • Helps students develop educational goals and complete their graduation requirements.
  • Collaborates with Faculty to support student success in the classroom.
  • Facilitates access to academic and non-academic support services.
  • Supports student transitions as they navigate their undergraduate years.
  • Helps students successfully complete their academic career and personal goals.

The deans and assistants in the Student Affairs offices in Converse are valuable sources of information on a wide range of topics. The office serves as a place for students to begin seeking assistance and answers to their questions related to college life. All students would benefit from getting to know members of the Office of Student Affairs.


Contact Information for the Class Deans

If you need to contact the Class Deans please use the following methods:

To contact Dean Lopez and Dean Boykin-East:

    • call the Office of Student Affairs using extension 2560

    To contact Dean Schneider and Dean Caldwell-O'Keefe:

    OR

    • call the Office of Student Affairs using extension 2560