Dean of Students Office

The Office of the Dean of Students is an important crossroad in a student's education at Exeter. The Deans champion a positive environment that nurtures students in support of Exeter's academic mission. The Dean of Students Office has the responsibility for the well-being of the student body. It is the place where students may ask questions about any aspect of school life, seek advice and receive individual attention. 

The duties shared by the Deans are: student housing, advising, attendance, academic scheduling (also shared with the Director of Studies), out of town permissions, academic support, student activities and entertainment, discipline, orientations, Daily Bulletin, student records, multicultural affairs, and I-20 forms for foreign students.

The Deans are:

Melissa Mischke, Dean of Students
Arthur J. Cosgrove, Dean of Residential Life 
Karen Geary, Dean of Academic Affairs 
Jamie Hamilton, Associate Dean of Students
Russell Weatherspoon, Interim Dean of Multicultural Affairs   
 

Melissa D. Mischke, Dean of Students
Mrs. Mischke oversees all aspects of student life on campus.  She oversees student housing and advising assignments and works closely with faculty advisers to students, the 29 dormitory heads and the Day Student Coordinator.  She supervises student health services, student activities, residential and day advising as well as the Dean of Students Office.  She is in frequent contact with students, faculty and parents to help all make the most of the student's Exeter experience.  Mrs. Mischke has been teaching at Exeter for the past 18 years and worked as the Associate Dean of Students for the last 6 years.  She has worked in the several dormitories, served as a day students adviser as well as coached boys' varsity tennis.  This will be Mrs. Mischke's first year as Dean of Students.

Arthur J. Cosgrove, Dean of Residential Life
Mr. Cosgrove is responsible for working with Dean Mischke to implement faculty and student goals in residential life. Mr. Cosgrove helps dorm faculty and proctor teams to resolve areas of student concern. He is a frequent visitor to dormitories to talk with students and faculty. He also oversees student disciplinary matters and works to help students have a better understanding of the rules of the community and the procedures to follow when rules are broken. Mr. Cosgrove is a member of the Science Department, the boys varsity soccer coach, and former dormitory head of Ewald Hall. 

Karen Geary, Dean of Academic Affairs
Ms. Geary is responsible for students' academic programs and schedules. She works with students, their advisers, and parents to help students achieve their academic goals, or when academic issues arise, including graduation requirements, departmental placement and scheduling.  Ms. Geary has been at Exeter for 16 years.  She originally joined the faculty as a physics teacher but made the move to teach math full time in 2006.  Ms. Geary has served as a day student adviser and lived and worked with boarders as a dormitory head in both Amen and Dunbar. She has coached field hockey, outdoor fitness, and outdoor challenge and has served as chair of the discipline committee. This will be Mrs. Geary's first year in the Dean of Students office.

Jamie Hamilton, Associate Dean of Students
Ms. Hamilton is the liaison with Health Services for students.  She implements medical leave policies, facilitates communication of health or personal crisis with students' teachers as well as oversee the attendance of the student body.  Ms. Hamilton works closely with the medical professionals of the Lamont Health and Wellness Center and serves as the Chair of the Attendance Committee.  Ms. Hamilton has been teaching religion at Exeter for 17 years, was the department chair and is the Steyer Distinguished Professor.  She has been affiliated with Dunbar dormitory serving as a dorm head and adviser and continues to be affiliated with a dorm. Ms. Hamilton oversees global clubs on campus and is also the adviser to Indaba, a Friday night gathering for students to explore their own spirituality. This will be Ms. Hamilton's first year in the Dean of Students office.

Russell Weatherspoon, Interim Dean of Multicultural Affairs
Mr. Weatherspoon works to support students from diverse backgrounds. One part of Exeter's mission is to unite students from "every quarter" in goodness and knowledge. Mr. Weatherspoon oversees the Office of Multicultural Affairs. He is assisted by the International Student Coordinator, Christine Knapp and by an intern, AK Ikwuakor. Together with students, faculty and staff, they work together to educate the community about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice.  Mr. Weatherspoon has been a faculty member at Exeter for 25 years. He joined the Religion Department in 1987 and has just returned to the department after a year-long sabbatical. He has held many leadership roles during his career including dorm head in Cilley Hall and eleven years as Dean of Residential Life.