St Mary’s College in Md., and Amherst College in Mass. Announce Appointments of Black Deans


Two African American men, Leonard Brown, a former Loyola University official, and Alex Vasquez, a former dean at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., have been named to dean of student posts at prominent eastern U.S. colleges.

Brown was appointed to the position at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City in early June.

He began his official duties on June 23, according to a press release from the college.

Brown’s tenure in the higher education system included serving as dean of students and vice president for student development at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. He was also an associate dean of students at Loyola University in Baltimore.

Top left, Leonard Brown, and bottom left, Alex Vasquez.

Brown is a graduate of Dickinson College and holds master’s degrees from Western Illinois University in Macomb and the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore.

Vasquez will be the new dean of students at Amherst College in Massachusetts, according to a press release from the college June 1.

As a 17-year veteran of higher education, he was previously dean for advising and academic success at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. where he has served in various positions since 2001. Prior to Wheaton, he worked in student life at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.

Vasquez holds bachelors and master’s degrees from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Boston College.

“Alex has focused his career on supporting students, and he has done that work in a variety of offices—from residential life to multicultural affairs to academic advising. Viewing student life through those different lenses has afforded him a holistic perspective that we are thrilled he will bring to Amherst,” Chief Student Affairs Officer Suzanne Coffey said in a press release from the college.

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