CRANFORD – Union County College welcomes Dr. Takeem L. Dean as the new Dean of Students. Dr. Dean comes to Union after having served as Dean of Students at Johnson C. Smith University, a historically black university, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Dean is not new to the Garden State. Prior to relocating to North Carolina, he served two New Jersey colleges: Passaic County Community College and Montclair State University.
In his time as Dean of Students at Johnson C. Smith University, Dr. Dean provided leadership to student life. He supervised student leadership and engagement, Greek life, student conduct, intramurals, counseling services, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and educational enhancement services. He was also responsible for residence life and admissions.
As the Dean of Students at Union, Dr. Dean will oversee the CARE Team, a multidisciplinary team that works to assist students in need of personal and/or academic resources, which includes the Assistant Dean of Students, the College’s social workers, and our Coordinator of Disability Services. He will serve as the chief disciplinary officer; he will develop and implement student code of conduct; he will oversee Title IX compliance for student cases; he will serve as liaison between students and campus community; and he will develop DEI training programs for students.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Dean to Union with his extensive knowledge and experience in student affairs. He will lead the team that will assist our students beyond the classroom experience, to meet their needs as individuals, and to provide them with the tools and support to complete their degrees,” stated Union President Margaret M. McMenamin.
Dr. Dean has served on various national organizations such as the Association for College Professional Administrators (ACPA) for which he was the co-chairperson of the PAN Mentoring Foundation and Awards Committee. He is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and locally he served as a chapter Chaplin, chairperson of service projects, and co-chair for the MLK Ceremony and an oratorical contest. He also served as the New Jersey Association of Alpha Phi Alpha Chapters Chaplin and the Eastern Region Assistant Director of Communications.
Dr. Dean earned his doctorate in Community College Leadership from Wingate University. He holds a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership with a concentration in adult and organizational leadership and higher education and a Bachelor of Science degree in business education, both from Montclair State University.