Department: Access and Inclusion

Areas of expertise:

  • Diversity
  • Access and Inclusion in Higher Education
  • Social Identities
  • Demographics in Virginia

With expertise and interest in diversity and access in higher education, Dean serves as the special assistant to the president for diversity. He currently serves on the board of the National Association of Diversity Officials in Higher Education and can speak to issues regarding social identity including race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. Dean also possesses expertise in the areas of college access and student success, especially with particular groups e.g., women in STEM.

He received his master's and bachelor's degrees from James Madison University.


Media contact: Eric Gorton,

Art Dean

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