The Office of the Dean of Students is a department within the division of Student Life and serves as a key link between students and other areas of campus life. The purpose is to support the out-of-classroom experiences of students in an effort to develop independent, civic-minded, and responsible adults.
The Dean of Students staff coordinates the College’s response to crisis situations that involve students and frequently serves as liaisons between students, faculty, and other administrators or offices in many different situations.
The four offices that report to the Dean of Students focus on various elements of student life.
- The Office of Residential Experience is responsible for student programming and the living experiences in the campus residence halls.
- The Office of Community Life encourages personal integrity through the student discipline process.
- New Student and Family Programs supports the transition of students to the College.
- Campus Housing & Conference Services offers opportunities for year-round use of college facilities as well as the school-year living arrangements in the residence halls.
Working to educate the entire college community, including faculty and staff, about relevant policies and ways of responding to student-related matters, the Dean of Students serves as an initial point of reference for students who have concerns about issues concerning their campus experience and for parents who are assisting their students resolve complex issues.
Scott Kier was named Dean of Students August 2008. In this capacity, he is responsible for the areas of residence life, community life, new student & family programs, campus housing and conference services. In conjunction with student life staff, he works collaboratively with other student-related college areas, including mission and ministry, athletics and recreational sports.
He has been together and in association with the Christian Brothers for over twenty years. At Saint Mary’s, he has served as the Director of Student Conduct and the Associate Dean of Student Life with direct oversight of the residence and community life areas. Before joining Saint Mary’s, he was vice principal/dean of students at De La Salle Collegiate in Warren, MI and he was chief financial officer at Saint Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, NY, both schools conducted by the Brothers.
He received his bachelor’s degree, a master’s in business administration and a master’s in educational administration from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. He is also a graduate of the Buttimer Institute for Lasallian Studies and the Lasallian Leadership Institute.
Contact Scott Kier:
Phone:925.631.4238; Fax: 925.631.0461
Ferroggiaro Hall, Room 200
Office of the Dean of Students
PO Box 4327
Moraga, CA 94575-3945