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Dean of Students

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Mailing Address

Box 7179
Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035

Dean of Students

The Student Life division oversees the centers for civic engagement, health and counseling, and student support and case management; the offices of residence life, religious and spiritual life, multicultural affairs and disability services; and major events such as Family Weekend and New Student Orientation, among other programs, services and events. Our team of seasoned educators is dedicated to helping students prepare for lives of leadership and service. 

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Byron P. McCrae
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

I have been fortunate to work with remarkable students—so many of them leaders and change-makers—during my career in higher education. In each of my positions in education and in my volunteer work, I have been inspired by what students and young alumni have accomplished as artists, educators, public servants, scientists and innovators in other fields. The draw to Davidson therefore was very strong, as I can think of no better place to engage with young leaders apt to change the world for the better. 

As vice president for student life and dean of students, I work with the other Student Life deans and the Student Life staff, and with students, faculty and staff across campus to promote student development and success. I chair the Watson Fellowship selection committee, the Council on Campus Life and Religious Life, and the Student Conduct Council, and I also serve as advisor to the Honor Council.

I was born in Tennessee and grew up in Maryland. I have lived all over the U.S., from California and Oregon to Massachusetts and Vermont and a few states in-between, and I am excited to now live in North Carolina, which instantly felt like a return home to my Southern roots.

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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.

Angela Harris

Angela L. Harris
Assistant Dean of Students

I have worked in higher education for more than 13 years. Prior to joining the Davidson College campus community in the spring of 2017, I worked at Ohio University as a mental health therapist and group coordinator in counseling and psychological services. I also served as the assistant dean of students and multicultural affairs at Otterbein University for eight years, and have worked in a variety of student affairs positions.

In my current role I am responsible for providing case management, support and counsel to assist with student success and retention. In addition, I oversee and serve on the Students of Concern Committee.

A Long Island, New York native, I received my doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Wright State University, my M.S. degree in counselor education from McDaniel College, and my B.A. degree in communication arts from Cheyney University.

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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.