Photograph of Joyce BylanderJoyce Bylander
Vice President and Dean of Student Life

Phone: 717-245-1639
Office: Holland Union Building

Joyce Bylander began her duties as vice president for student development in 2013. Bylander previously held the positions of special assistant to the president for institutional and diversity initiatives (2007-2013), associate provost for academic campus life (2004-2007), dean of students (2000-2004) and associate dean of students (1998-2000) at the college. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and social service from Cleveland State University and a master of public administration degree from the University of South Carolina.

Website: Student Development

Cathy Davenport '87Cathy McDonald Davenport '87
Dean of Admissions

Phone: 717-245-1287
Office: Waidner Admissions House

Cathy Davenport, a Dickinson alumna, began her duties as dean of admissions in July 2014. Having worked at the college for the past 25 years, Cathy has served a variety of roles in admissions and enrollment management. Cathy graduated from Dickinson in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and minors in religion and political science. She earned her master's degree in education in 1992 from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Cathy also holds a secondary school counseling certification from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Website: Admissions

Photograph of Karen FaryniakKaren Neely Faryniak '86
Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College
Phone: 717-245-1323
Office: West College (Old West)

Karen Neely Faryniak, a Dickinson alumna, began her duties in the Office of the President in August 2010. As chief of staff and secretary of the college, she serves as the main liaison to the Board of Trustees and oversees the operation of the Office of the President. Having worked at the college since 1986, Faryniak has served in a number of roles, including those in alumni relations, major gifts, reunion giving and annual giving. She most recently served as the associate vice president for enrollment and communications, where she oversaw media relations, publications, Dickinson Magazine, the college's Web presence, photography and videography. She graduated from Dickinson with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in French.

Website: Board of Trustees

Photograph of Bronte Jones

Brontè Jones
Vice President for Finance and Administration

Phone: 717-245-1943
Office: West College (Old West)

Brontè Jones joined Dickinson as the vice president for finance and administration in September 2013. Jones holds a bachelor's degree in finance and an MBA from American University and a doctorate in higher-education administration from the University of Texas, Austin. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Higher Education and the Higher Education Resource Services Institute for Women in Higher Education at Wellesley College. Previous leadership positions include treasurer of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland and vice president for administration and finance at Houston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.

Website: Financial Operations

Photograph of Marsha Ray.Marsha M. Ray
Vice President for College Advancement
Phone: 717-245-1029
Office: 50 Mooreland Ave

Marsha Ray joined Dickinson as the vice president for college advancement in October 2013. In this position she provides strategic leadership and oversight for all areas of advancement including alumni and parent engagement, leadership giving, planned giving, research and corporation and foundation giving. Previously, Ray served as vice president of institutional advancement at the Community College of Philadelphia, associate vice president for campaign programs and development at George Mason University, associate dean for development for the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University, and as a major gift officer at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a diploma in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Website: College Advancement

Mike Reed, VP for Institutional Initiatives.Michael E. Reed
Vice President for Institutional Initiatives
Phone: 717-245-1392
Office: West College (Old West)

Mike Reed joined the Dickinson community as vice president for institutional initiatives in September 2014. Before coming to Dickinson, Mike served from 2006 to 2014 as vice president for strategic planning and institutional diversity at Williams College. Prior to Williams, Mike operated a successful consulting practice through his own company, Consulting Works, which provided organizational and management consulting services to corporations, non-profits and government agencies across the country and abroad. He started his professional career in Washington, D.C. working with inner city youth and families with special education and emotional needs. In 1981 he returned to Williams working jointly as assistant director of admissions and assistant director of alumni relations. He left in 1985 to serve as director of Programs for A Better Chance, and subsequently as managing director, area manager and regional vice president for INROADS, an organization that develops talented minority youth for positions in business and industry and community leadership. Mike received his M.A. in educational psychology from Howard University and studied at the Institute for Educational Management (IEM) at Harvard University.

Robert Renaud
Vice President and Chief Information OfficerPhotograph of Robert Renaud
Phone: 717-245-1072
Office: Waidner-Boyd Lee Spahr Library

Robert Renaud joined Dickinson College in 2001 as director of library services and assumed his current position as vice president and chief information officer with the 2004 merger of the college's library and information technology divisions. Before his arrival at Dickinson, Renaud held positions in information services at Connecticut College, the University of Toronto, McGill University, the research branch of the Toronto Public Library and the University of Arizona. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Vassar College and a master of library science degree from the University of Toronto. He also completed the Frye Leadership Institute at Emory University and the Institute for Educational Management at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Renaud's related experience includes work in technical standards organizations, EDUCAUSE and consulting engagements.

Website: Library and Information Services

Dana Scaduto

General CounselPhotograph of Dana Scaduto
Phone: 717-245-1013
Office: West College (Old West)

Dana Scaduto joined Dickinson as general counsel in 2002. Previously, she was in private practice in Harrisburg, Pa., where she chaired her firm's education law practice and represented several Pennsylvania private colleges, including Dickinson. Scaduto is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys where she has served as Chair of the Board and as chair of multiple committees. Scaduto is also a frequent presenter at NACUA conferences and workshops, as well as for several other higher education associations. Dana is a member of the Legal Services Review Panel of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Cumberland County bar associations. She holds a bachelor's degree from Purdue University and a law degree from the Indiana University School of Law.

Photograph of Neil WeissmanNeil B. Weissman
Provost, Dean of the College and Professor of History
Phone: 717-245-1321
Office: Second floor, West College (Old West)

Neil Weissman has served since 1998 as dean of the college and since 2002 as provost. He joined Dickinson in 1975 as an instructor in history and went on to rise through the ranks of assistant, associate and full professor. He has served as chair of the Department of History; coordinator of the Russian and Soviet Area Studies, International Studies and East Asian Studies programs; director of the Clarke Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Contemporary Issues; and project director for international education. Weissman received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude as valedictorian from Colgate University and holds master's and doctoral degrees in Russian history from Princeton University. He is a published scholar in the field of Russian and Soviet history, working on issues of government, policing and deviance.

Website: Dean's Office