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New Vice President of Student Affairs appointed

The university announced the appointment of Andrea Dine to the position of Vice President of Student Affairs, according to an email sent to community members on Feb. 28. Dine accepted the position after serving as the university’s Interim Vice President of Student Affairs beginning officially in June 2022.

“We are delighted that she has agreed to remove the interim tag from her title,” wrote Carol Fierke—Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs—in her email to community members with the announcement. 

Fierke described Dine as “a committed, compassionate and longstanding advocate for Brandeis’ students,” according to the email. Fierke went on to cite Andrea’s dedication to the university’s values of academic excellence and social justice. In addition, Fierke wrote that Dine is committed to furthering diversity, equity and inclusion at the university. 

“[Dine] has a unique ability to listen, and to help students find solutions to problems, and pursue opportunities for growth,” wrote Fierke. 

Dine has worked at the university for 15 years, taking up her first position as Associate Professor Of Career Development in March 2008, according to her LinkedIn profile. From there, Dine moved to become the Director of Hiatt Career Center—a resource on campus for  undergraduate students and alumni in developing their skills to pursue professional careers—according to their webpage. Dine also worked as an Executive Director of Hiatt Career Center and as Assistant Vice President for Students and Enrollment. 

She then held the position of Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for three years from 2017-2020, according to her LinkedIn page. Following holding this position, she became Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs starting in October 2020, which she held until July 2022 when she assumed the role of Interim Vice President of Student Affairs.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dine also served on the university’s COVID-19 Management team, according to the email sent by Fierke. She worked with the team to help reopen campus safely for community members in 2020 and helped distribute resources to campus as the community was “dealing with the realities of a new normal,” according to the email. 

Following the shuttle accident in December 2022, Dine and her team worked to connect with community members and families affected by the crash. She worked on providing resources for those grieving in the community, according to the email. 

“As vice president of student affairs, [Dine] is wholeheartedly committed to the division’s mission: to provide programs, services, and resources that contribute to the overall educational mission, build community, provide support, and create an inclusive, vibrant Brandeis experience for our graduate and undergraduate students,” reads the email sent to community members. 

Dine took over as Interim Vice President of Student Affairs after the predecessor—Raymond Lu-Ming Ou—announced his resignation in May 2022. Ou officially left the position at the end of June 2022, according to an email sent by President Ron Liebowitz in May 2022. Ou had taken the position in Fall 2019, just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Prior to coming to the university, Dine worked at Macalester College, the University of Minnesota, the University of Cincinnati and Wesleyan University, according to her LinkedIn page. She worked at different levels of student life at these institutions including: student orientation, residential life and student activities. 

 

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