Members of the Office of the Dean of the College

Avis E. Hinkson ’84

Dean Hinkson is a Barnard alumna and was appointed Dean of College in February of 2011.

As the former Director of the Office of Undergraduate Advising at the University of California-Berkeley from 2005-2011, Avis Hinkson orchestrated the academic advising of over 18,000 undergraduate liberal arts students. In strategic and creative ways, she advised individual students, small groups, and cohorts at critical points in their undergraduate education, from pre-orientation to graduation. Hinkson worked in  close collaboration with deans, faculty, department chairs and student service staff across the University to build the kind of bridges that benefit students most as they navigate their college careers.

Prior to her arrival at UC-Berkeley, Hinkson spent more than twenty years in enrollment management, beginning as a work-study student in Barnard's Admissions Office and culminating with her position as Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Planning at Mills College. Committed to addressing issues of access to higher education throughout her career, Hinkson developed and implemented the strategic plan for minority recruitment at a number of institutions including Pomona College and the liberal arts college at Cornell University.

Hinkson holds a B.A. in psychology from Barnard College, an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.