Dean’s Advisory Council

Established in 2011, the College of Human Sciences Dean's Advisory Council includes 25 to 30 members. Council members offer a wide range of expertise and insights that inform the college's strategic ventures, spanning from capital projects to branding to welcoming record enrollment. 

Members have contributed generous gifts to establish the Dean's Advisory Board Scholarship, an endowed honor that was awarded for the first time to a student for the 2014-15 academic year. Recently, the council has examined and championed successful and ongoing efforts to enhance student leadership, increase student scholarships, and expand paid internship opportunities for students. 

View the 2019-20 Dean's Advisory Council


The College of Human Sciences Dean's Advisory Council supports the teaching, research, extension and outreach missions of the college.  Specific purposes are to:

  • Serve as ambassadors and advocates for the college
  • Provide suggestions for vision and leadership of the college, especially regarding emerging issues and changing needs
  • Strengthen the fundraising potential of the college
  • Help the college communicate its goals and progress to internal and external audiences
  • Elevate the external status of the college  


The council includes approximately 25 to 30 individuals, invited by the Dean of the College of Human Sciences. Candidates for appointment might include CHS alumni, non-alumni with an interest in the college, donors, parents, faculty, current students and friends. Members will serve a 3-year term.  

The chair of the council will be appointed by the Dean for a two-year term. Members and the chair may be reappointed for a one-time renewable term. 

It is hoped that council members will support the college’s fundraising efforts with a gift, and cover their own expenses for travel and lodging associated with council meetings.  


The chair, in consultation with the Dean, establishes agendas, and conducts annual or biannual meetings. If needed, additional meetings may be held via teleconference. The Dean’s office will handle meeting and meal arrangements.