Dean of Students Office

The dean of students office and the division of student life provide programming, resources, and an array of services to help facilitate student development and student success; support and cultivate a rich learning environment; and encourage community building at Hampshire College.

The staff in the dean of students office is available to meet with students to provide individual guidance or support, as well.

Learn more about Student Life

Division of Student Life Mission Statement (pdf)

The dean of students office is located on the second floor of the Merrill Student Life Center.

Byron McCraeVice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Byron McCrae


The dean of students is the chief student affairs officer and is responsible for overseeing the division of student life, including:

Dean McCrae has served as vice president and dean of student life at Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania and as associate vice president for student affairs at San Francisco Art Institute in California. He has also been a member of the student affairs staff at Sarah Lawrence College. McCrae holds a doctorate in educational leadership, administration, and policy from Fordham University, as well as a master's in higher education from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree in communications arts from Salisbury University. Dean McCrae joined the Hampshire community in 2013.

Pam TintoAssociate Dean of Students
Pam Tinto


The associate dean of students supports a variety of areas within student life, including: campus leadership and activities; new student programs and the orientation program; transfer student life; and the annual Ingenuity Awards honoring students. She also takes a lead role in developing initiatives to support the development of student life as a division, working to create opportunities for education and collaboration for staff throughout the division. She is also an active member of the Hampshire Environmental Committee and involved with food, farm, and sustainability issues on campus. Dean Tinto has been a member of the Hampshire College staff in this position since 2008. Prior to that, she was a member of the residence life staff from 2000-2006.

Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life
Andrea Cadyma

The associate dean of students and director of residence life participates in the overall management of student life, coordinating staff efforts and processes to align with divisional and campus-wide initiatives. She directly oversees the residence life and housing programs, supervising the staffs that work toward the development of thriving residential communities and living/learning communities that cultivate student success and development. She also supervises the office of student rights, conduct, and responsibilities, which supports the College’s transformative education and increases students’ knowledge about social and personal accountability. Dean Cadyma is new to the Hampshire College community, arriving from The College of the Holy Cross.

Gretchen LaBonteAssistant Dean of Students and Director of Campus Leadership and Activities
Gretchen LaBonte


The assistant dean of students and director for campus leadership and activities works with the College's 100+ student groups in support of student activities and events. She oversees the office of campus leadership and activities, which organizes Signer Seminar (student leadership training), Hampfest (student activities fair), and the student group recognition and approval process. The assistant dean also advises the HSU, the student government association, and FundCom, the financial committee. Additionally, she manages the Prescott Tavern, a study and social space on campus, and the TavernArt Gallery. Dean LaBonte joined the Hampshire community in November 2014.


Frances ArnoldAssistant to VP for Student Affairs/ Dean of Students
Frances Arnold

Frances provides administrative support to the vice president for students affairs/dean of students, including managing the various budgets, the office's purchasing, filing systems, deans' calendar, and correspondence, and provides logistical support to the deans in the planning and management of office events, including orientation and commencement. Frances joined the Hampshire community in July 2013.

Principles of Discourse

Principles of Discourse (pdf)


Stay In Touch
With The Dean of Students Office
Snail Mail
Dean of Students Office
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone + Email
Fax: 413.559.5663