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The dean of each school serves as its chief administrative officer and is responsible to the president through the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Deans serve at the pleasure of the president, provided they retain the confidence of their faculty.

The deans meet regularly as the Council of Deans under the leadership of the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. The council plays a major role in the formulation and implementation of the university’s academic goals and educational policies.

Deans have specific roles and responsibilities for their academic units:

  • Responsible for the supervision and development of all resources of the school, including instructional and research programs, faculty and teaching staff, physical facilities and financial resources
  • Presides at faculty meetings of the school
  • With the faculty, develops school policies following university guidelines
  • Recommends appointments, promotions and tenure, based on recommendations of the school’s departments or faculty
  • Prepares annual and long-term budgets with assistance of the faculty
  • Controls expenditures of the school in consultation with the vice president for academic affairs
  • May request and defend the need for further allocations of funds
  • Responsible for leadership in attracting external funds to the school for development of facilities, programs and staff

Linda Livingstone, dean, GW School of Business
Ben Vinson III, dean, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Reuben E. Brigety II, dean, Elliott School of International Affairs
David S. Dolling, dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Ali Eskandarian, dean, College of Professional Studies
Michael J. Feuer, dean, Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Pamela Jeffries, dean, GW School of Nursing
Blake D. Morant, dean, GW Law School
Lynn R. Goldman, dean, Milken Institute School of Public Health
Jeffrey Akman, vice president for health affairs and dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences