Mellisa Thompson, the director of student life at Forbes College, will succeed Michael Olin as associate dean in ODUS, who has accepted a position in the Alumni Office as senior associate director for graduate alumni relations. Kathleen Deignan, Dean of Undergraduate Students, said, “I am delighted to welcome Mell to Morrison Hall! I have every confidence that she will continue the excellent leadership of the DSL team that Mike has established and will coordinate the management of student crises and emergencies with the same high level of skill and sensitivity we have come to expect.”
Dean Thompson holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a M.Ed. from Rutgers. Prior to coming to Princeton, she served in the Office of Residential Life at MIT where she counseled students, worked closely with the resident adviser program, responded to emergencies and coordinated a number of new student orientation events. In addition, prior to her work at MIT, Mell served as the director of scholar support and summer residential life for the LEDA program (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America). Together with her DSL duties, these experiences have positioned her well to take up these new responsibilities.
Commenting on her role, Dean Thompson said she is “truly excited to take on the leadership role as Associate Dean in ODUS. I am thankful to have the opportunity to continue working with amazing ODUS colleagues, especially the remarkable Directors of Student Life. ODUS is a special office to work in and I look forward to supporting students in maximizing their Princeton experience!”
Dean Thompson will officially begin her new position on Monday, October 16, however, she will continue to support Forbes students for the next few months, continuing to hold several of her core responsibilities at Forbes until a new DSL is in place.