The following message was sent to the Barnard community on August 22, 2019:
Dear Barnard Community,
As we look forward to the start of the academic year, I am pleased to reach out with an update on the Dean of the College office.
Our new Dean of the College, Leslie Grinage, arrived on campus this month. Dean Grinage — a liberal arts college graduate, native New Yorker, and first-generation college student — brings a wonderful breadth of experience to this vital role, having served most recently as Associate Dean of Students at her alma mater, Davidson College.
As Dean of the College, Dean Grinage oversees student services at Barnard. These include:
- Beyond Barnard (together with Provost Linda Bell)
- Center for Accessibility Resources and Disability Services
- Dean of Studies Office (including the Class Deans and advising)
- Health & Wellness
- Residential Life and Housing
- Student Life
To ensure that we are doing the very best job for our students, I am pleased to announce that Alicia Lawrence and Natalie Friedman, who served as Co-Interim Deans of the College this past year, will be stepping into new, elevated roles as Deputy Deans of the College. Their goal will be to support Dean Grinage and the Barnard student body. Deputy Dean Lawrence will be primarily responsible for Residential Life and Housing, as well as Student Life. Deputy Dean Friedman will be primarily responsible for the Student Success (Opportunity) Programs, International Student Services, and a new area focused on Parent and Family Engagement, serving as the liaison for Barnard families (communicating with parents, as well as leading Family Weekend, workshops, and other efforts to support our families).
Christina Kuan Tsu, dean for the sophomore class and transfer students, will take on the role of Interim Dean of Studies. Dean Kuan Tsu, who is a proud Barnard alumna and has worked at the College for 25 years, will work closely with the Provost’s office to help faculty advisers and students as we determine how to best update the support provided by the Dean of Studies office. We envision that support will involve hiring additional staff dedicated to assisting students and their faculty advisers, among other resources.
Again, please join me in welcoming Dean Grinage to campus. I look forward to her leadership in supporting our students during their time at Barnard.
Sian Leah Beilock