New VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students starts work in July

Alex Appel, Editor in Chief

Fran’Cee Brown-McClure was appointed by President David R. Harris as the new vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

She will start working for the College on July 1, 2019. Brown-McClure will be taking over the position of vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students from Stephen Leavitt, who has worked in that position for the past 15 years. Leavitt will continue to work at the College as a professor in the Anthropology Department.

Harris told the Union College Chronicle that Brown-McClure, “brings an evergy and passion to the job that will enhance the student experience at Union.” He went on to say, “We look forward to incorporating her perspectives into the ongoing strategic planning process.”

As vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Brown-McClure will be responsible for the Kenney Community Center, Campus Safety, Counseling Services, Health Services, Career Services, Minerva Programs, First Year and Senior Year Class Deans, Disability Services, International Student Advising, Residential Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Activities and Hospitality.

Brown-McClure is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, a historically black sorority. She has spoken across the country about Greek Life and leadership in Greek Life. Additionally, she has given talks about black girl magic, the importance of cross generational and cross racial friendships and motherhood.

Brown-McClure was selected from a large candidate pool that resulted from a national search.

Previously, Brown-McClure worked as the Dean of Students at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Before her job at Spelman, she worked in student affairs at Stanford University, where she served as the associate dean of Residential Education, and the University of Texas at Austin, the school where she got her PhD in Educational Administration.

Brown-McClure is also the mother of nine-year-old daughter named McKenzie. She told the Chronicle that being a mother is “her greatest accomplishment.”