WS Deans
WS Deans
WS Deans
WS Deans
WS Deans
WS Deans
WS Deans
WS Deans
WS Deans
WS Deans
WS Deans
WS Deans


The William Smith Dean’s Office is the keeper of William Smith College’s rich traditions, and the main source of academic support and encouragement for William Smith students. We are a community of intelligent and talented young women joining together to celebrate each other’s many accomplishments, and to support each other. We foster and celebrate the creativity, scholarship, service, leadership, and athleticism of William Smith women, and we work hard to ensure that every William Smith woman receives the guidance she needs in order to succeed academically.

William Smith’s intention in founding a women’s college was to provide an educational opportunity that would allow women to live an “abundant life”. The WS Deans coordinate a four year experience that supports his goal.
Through all the adventures and challenges you face, the William Smith Deans are here when you need information, support, or guidance. The ways in which we support women students can be divided into three areas:


We support the academic mission of the institution as a first priority in students’ lives. The Deans provide students with academic counseling, advising, problem-solving, and recognition. Additionally, because we see how academic policies impact student lives, we advise faculty and administrative bodies regarding the creating and change of academic policies.


We promote the development of leadership in various ways. We provide opportunities for students to serve successfully in leadership positions and to understand group dynamics and democratic processes. We believe that since leadership has historically been a male/masculine reality, the importance of supporting separate leadership development opportunities specific for women is paramount.

Institutional and Personal Identity

We attempt to provide an experience that will allow women to become more self-aware and to understand and define themselves as members of the WS community, the Geneva community, and the world. Maintaining WS College traditions serves to connect students to the past, present, and future of the College. The traditions encourage students to understand WS College in a historical perspective. This sense of connection to the past promotes connection to the College in the present, thus supporting retention of women, and supports alumnae connection to the College post-graduation.


2018 – green – fidelity and friendship

2019 – blue – faith and hope

2020 – yellow – loyalty and joy

2021 – red – respect and passion



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Geneva, NY 14456
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