Prominent LGBTQ Academic Deans

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The role of an Academic Dean is to administer a department or faculty (being a collection of departments) within an educational institution, develop strategies for the education of students in the department, work with other education administrators to promote the institution, and hire the skilled faculty to conduct research and lead classes. They represent the faculty or department's policies and point of view to others. Examples can include the Dean of Graduate Studies, Dean of Engineering, Dean of Students, and many others. Academic Deans are the most senior administrative position for the faculty or department.

It is beneficial to have LGBTQ participation in today's educational institutions. One way to achieve this is to have representation from the community in the pool of Academic Deans. Public and many private educational institutions mandate that diversity, equity, and inclusion policies be adopted which are non-discriminatory on issues including sexual identity. Having such policies include the LGBTQ community makes staff and students who identify as LGBTQ feel welcome and embraced within the institution.

We present a number of LGBTQ individuals that hold, or have held, prominent Academic Dean positions. Most of these are located in the United States. They reflect the diversity of the LGBTQ community itself.



  • Susanne Baer, Dean of Academic Affairs, Humboldt University

Great Britain

  • Jeffrey Weeks, Executive Dean, Arts & Human Sciences, London South Bank University

United States

  • Terry Allison, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Joe Bertolino, Dean for Community Development, Barnard College of Columbia University
  • Sophonisba Breckinridge, Dean in the College of Arts, Literature and Science, University of Chicago
  • Christopher Cassirer, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Management and Business at National Louis University
  • Cheryl Clarke, Dean of Students, Rutgers University
  • Katharine Coman, Dean of the Department of Economics, Wellesley College
  • John Corvino, Dean of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College, Wayne State University
  • Allan Cox, Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University
  • Margaret Drugovich, Dean of admission and financial aid, Bryant University
  • James Gandre, Dean of Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University
  • Perry Halkitis, Dean of the School of Public Health, Rutgers University
  • James Kelly, Dean, California State University
  • Cindi Love, Executive Dean
  • Anthony Niedwiecki, Dean of the School of Law, Golden Gate University
  • Mac Powell, Dean, National University Golf Academy
  • Chris Reber, Executive Dean, Beaver County Community College and Vernon College, Clarion University
  • Mark Robbins, Dean of the School of Architecture, Syracuse University
  • Nancy Roseman, Dean, Williams College
  • Robert A. M. Stern, Dean of the School of Architecture, Yale University
  • Donald Straney, Dean of the College of Science and professor, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Jennifer Waldron, Dean of the Graduate College, University of Northern Iowa

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