Meet Your Deans


The Dean’s Office is operating remotely starting Wednesday, March 18th until further notice.  While our office is not physically open, we continue to support students as they navigate this global crisis.  Please refer to the Williams COVID-19 website for updated information.



The Dean’s Office provides holistic support as Williams students navigate their experiences at the College.  In partnership with students, faculty and staff across campus, we aim to promote students’ growth and abilities during and after their college experience.

What We Do:

In supporting students, we encourage active problem solving, proactive use of resources, and meaningful community engagement.  Some of the ways we do this include:

  • Welcoming students to the Williams community
  • Advising on academic life and personal balance
  • Connecting students with campus resources tailored to their individual needs
  • Talking through personal challenges
  • Developing programming with campus partners
  • Training and supporting student leaders
  • Providing international student support
  • Upholding community standards

As of the Fall 2020, the Dean’s Office operates under a class dean model. Although we have not undergone any major restructuring, this model helps streamline our support for students.  Please note students are not required to meet with the class dean, but should start with that dean for questions and an introduction to office resources if needed.

In addition to supporting the class, each dean provides generalist support to students as well as works on specialized areas.  To find out more about the deans, please click under the “Our Staff” section below.


Office Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. More details here.
Emergency/After Hours – Call Campus Safety & Security 413-597-4444


Committees that work closely with the Dean of the College

  • Honor & Discipline (Click here)
  • Committee on Academic Standing (Click here)
  • Committee on Educational Affairs (Click here)
  • Committee on Student Life (Click here)
  • Diversity Action Research Team (Click here)
  • Williams Reads (Click here)

Our Staff

Photo of Marlene Sandstrom
Dean of the College, Hales Professor of Psychology
Hopkins Hall
Photo of Meg Bossong
Director of Sexual Assault Response, and Health Education
Hopkins Hall
Photo of Rachel V. Bukanc
Sr. Associate Dean of Students
Hopkins Hall
Photo of Barbara Casey
Winter Study Coordinator
'37 House
Photo of Cynthia Haley
Program & Administrative Manager
Hopkins Hall
Photo of Theresa M. LePicier
Administrative Coordinator
Hopkins Hall
Photo of Hannah B. Lipstein
Assistant Director for Violence Prevention
Hopkins Hall
Photo of Ninah T. Pretto
Associate Dean of Students / Director of International Student Services
Hopkins Hall
Photo of Dawn Randall
Administrative Coordinator
Hopkins Hall
Photo of Christopher Sewell
Associate Dean of Students / Dean of First Year Students
Hopkins Hall
Photo of April M. Ruiz
Associate Dean of Students / Dean of Williams Firsts
Hopkins Hall
Photo of Robert White
Director of Parent and Family Programs
63 Spring St, 3rd Floor
Photo of Karima E. Barrow
Assistant Director of International Student Services
Hopkins Hall
Photo of Susan A. Gaskell
Executive Assistant
Hopkins Hall
Photo of Aaron Gordon
Director of Student Administrative Affairs, Strategy and Planning
Hopkins Hall
Photo of Laini Sporbert
Health Educator
Thompson Ctr - Health Services
Photo of Tamanika T. Steward
Assistant Dean for Sophomore Students
Hopkins Hall
Photo of Janice V. Williams
Assistant Dean for Senior Year Students
Hopkins Hall