University of Delaware
José-Luis Riera

New appointment

José-Luis Riera named dean of students at UD


1:26 p.m., March 11, 2014--José-Luis Riera has been named dean of students at the University of Delaware, Dawn Thompson, vice president for student life, has announced.

Riera, interim dean of students since Aug. 19, has served as associate dean of students at UD since 2010.

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In his role as dean of students, Riera will work with all campus units to create a purposeful educational experience for students in their out-of-classroom activities and programs, and provide leadership with campus-wide efforts that integrate academic and student life, engage students in their community, and help students develop citizenship and leadership.

The dean of students provides leadership and supervision for the Office of the Dean of Students, New Student Orientation Office, Office of Student Conduct, and Student Wellness and Health Promotion. In addition, the dean directs the Student Behavior Consultation Team and responds to critical incidents and student emergencies. 

In announcing his appointment, Thompson said, “José has the experience, skills and vision to assume the dean of students position. I look forward to partnering with José to enhance the student experience at the University of Delaware.”

His career in higher education includes a wide variety of experiences and progressive responsibilities in student affairs. Before coming to UD, he held positions in student life at University of Maryland College Park, Drexel University and Colorado State University.

He earned a bachelor's degree in music and biology from Muhlenberg College, a master of science degree in student affairs from Colorado State University and his doctorate in college student personnel administration from the University of Maryland. 

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