Dean of Students

p: 704-894-2225

Mailing Address

Box 7179
Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035

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Dean of Students

The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students office is responsible for New Student Orientation, Family Weekend, disability services, and Multicultural Affairs. The dean is the chair of the Watson Fellowship selection, the Council on Campus Life and Religious Life, and the Student Conduct Council.

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Thomas C. Shandley
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

A native of Iowa, I have spent most of my professional career in various locations in the South. Prior to Davidson, I served as the dean of students at Rhodes College, worked at the University of Minnesota and the University of South Carolina, and also served on the adjunct faculty in the higher education program at the University of Memphis.

I started at Davidson College in 1994 as the vice president for student life and dean of students.

I earned my B.A. in psychology from Simpson College; an M.A. in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Minnesota.

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Leslie Grinage ‘03
Associate Dean of Students
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. but have lived in the South for all of my adult life. Before coming to work at Davidson, I served at Duke University in a variety of roles related to leadership and service programs, academic advising and student conduct. Prior to that I worked briefly in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at Texas A&M University.

I received a B.A. in Spanish from Davidson, then earned a M.S. in student affairs administration from Texas A&M University, and will complete work on my Ed.D. in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University in May 2017.

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Ernest E. Jeffries
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Judicial Affairs

A native of Jonesville, S.C., I have worked in higher education for more than 25 years. Prior to coming to Davidson I served at the University of Tennessee and Western Carolina University, and I have served as the assistant/associate dean of students at Davidson since 1996. I am the chief judicial officer for the college and the ADA coordinator. I am also responsible for retention programs for students of color.

I earned a bachelor of music education degree and a master of education degree in student personnel services from the University of South Carolina, a master of divinity degree from the Hood Theological Seminary, and a doctor of ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary.

I serve the greater community as the pastor of the Gethsemane Baptist Church in Davidson.

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Stacey Riemer
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Civic Engagement

A native of upstate New York, I have more than 20 years of experience in higher education as a practitioner and faculty member. Throughout my career, I have worked to develop student learning and leadership through various areas including community-based learning, civic engagement, leadership development, student activities and student union management. Prior to coming to Davidson, I served as a lecturer in the higher education graduate program at Syracuse University and was involved with the development of innovative curriculum involving learning communities and community-based learning.

I came to Davidson in 2005 and oversee the areas of civic engagement and leadership. I also work on Title IX complaint resolution processes for students and division-wide learning outcome assessment efforts.

It is a true pleasure to work collaboratively with students, faculty and community members on community change projects.

I earned my B.S in management from St. John Fisher College, an M.S. in higher education from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Syracuse University.

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Jason Shaffer
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life

I have called Virginia and Pennsylvania my homes for most of my life and I bounced around the two quite a bit. I joined the Davidson community in July 2012 after my family relocated to the Charlotte area. Prior to coming to Davidson, I worked at the University of Virginia for 11 years, at Pacific University in Oregon for a year and Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire for two years. I received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Penn State and a master's degree in college student personnel administration from James Madison University.

While most of my professional experience is in residence life, I also have worked in alcohol education, bystander work and addressing sexual assault.

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Denise Allen
Executive Assistant

I have worked at Davidson College for 28 years and have been a part of the Dean of Students Office for 20 years. I began working in the development office in 1984, worked in the Alumni Relations Office, then the Regional Campaigns Office and the Fund for Davidson before joining the Dean of Students Office in 1996.

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Diana Miller
Staff Assistant

A North Carolina native, I grew up in Charlotte and graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in visual design. I draw upon my background in art and design and apply my creativity to many areas of my work.

Having had three college age students of my own, I can identify with questions or concerns from students and parents. My work in the Dean of Students Office is rewarding as I develop connections with the Davidson community year after year.

I also enjoy sharing my passion for fitness with others and instruct exercise classes here at Davidson.