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THE WILLIAM SMITH DEAN'S OFFICE

Lisa Kaenzig, Dean of the College

Email: kaenzig@hws.edu

Dean Lisa Kaenzig has over 25 years of administrative and academic experience, including several years working in politics in Washington, D.C. and more than 14 years serving as a dean at the Colleges. On the national stage, she is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), of which William Smith College is an institutional member. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., PLEN is the only national organization with the sole focus of preparing college women for leadership in the public policy arena. PLEN’s mission is to increase the number of women in top leadership positions influencing all aspects of the public policy process.

Dean Kaenzig also serves as the adviser to Hai Timiai, the William Smith senior honor society, and as adviser to the Laurel Society, William Smith’s sophomore/junior honor society. The Laurel Society is the sponsor of the Leadership League of Women (LLOW) program, a collaboration between William Smith College student leaders and the female-identified leaders of Geneva High School.

Dean Kaenzig also founded and coordinated the HWS First Generation Initiative from 2006 – 2014, and has worked with the Centennial Center for Leadership on several initiatives. She was appointed by President Mark D. Gearan to serve in leadership roles on several HWS initiatives including the HWS Middle States Accreditation Steering Committee, the President’s Committee on Inclusive Excellence and the Strategic Diversity Plan Committee.

A frequent invited speaker on issues relating to gifted and introverted learners, Kaenzig’s acclaimed research on the topic, “Introversion: The often forgotten factor affecting the gifted,” is cited as one of the most influential references in the field. Kaenzig has appeared on NPR and the BBC’s podcast “The Why Factor” to discuss her research on introversion. In the local community, Kaenzig served as the founding president of the Music Boosters of Geneva and on the board of the Geneva Theatre Guild.

Dean Kaenzig earned her Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership from the College of William and Mary, her M.A. in Human Resource Development from the George Washington University and her B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University.

Dean Mansfield-Richardson, Interim Associate Dean of the Colleges

Email: mansfieldrichardson@hws.edu

Dean Mansfield-Richardson has over 21 years of administrative and academic experience, including serving as Associate Provost of HWS for nearly two years and as the Associate Dean of the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College for 16 years. She was also an Associate Professor of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, and has taught at Ohio University, American University, and two community colleges. Dean Mansfield-Richardson also had an award-winning career as a staff writer for The Washington Post for 12 years. She has also worked at the World Bank, the U.S. House of Representatives and for the Journal of the U.S. House of Representatives. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Newspaper Research Journal, is the author of the book Asian Americans and the Mass Media and has written several book chapters, including The Essential Role of Chinese as the World’s Leading Logographic Writing System in Global Communication, and Survey Says Asian American Journalists Endure Racism. She earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Ohio University, a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University. Her B.A. is in Political Science from Ohio University. Dean Mansfield-Richardson is an alumna of the HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) at Wellesley College.

Gretchen DeWall, Assistant to the Dean

Email: gdewall@hws.edu

Gretchen is the Assistant to the Dean of William Smith College and the office supervisor. With her friendly voice and outgoing personality, Gretchen is always willing to help students make appointments to see the deans and assist students and/or parents by answering questions or directing them to the best resource.

Sue Parmenter, Secretary

Email: parmenter@hws.edu

Sue is the secretary to the deans of William Smith College. With her calm and friendly personality, Sue helps direct the students and makes appointments with the deans, as well as assists students and/or parents by answering questions or directing them to the best resource.


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William Smith Dean's Office
Smith Hall, First Floor
Phone: (315) 781-3467
Hours: 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri
wsdeansmail@hws.edu


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