Rick A. Lopez

Rick A. Lopez

Professor of History and Environmental Studies; Dean of New Students; Chair of Latinx and Latin Amer Studies

17 Chapin Hall

Dean for the Class of 2023 and new transfer students; Dean of New Students &  Professor of History & Environmental Studies

Jess Caldwell-O'Keefe

Jess Caldwell-O'Keefe

Senior Associate Dean of Students & Class Dean

Converse Hall

Dean for the Class of 2021; Senior Associate Dean of Students

Ethan D. Clotfelter

Ethan D. Clotfelter

Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies and Dean of the Class of 2020

B314 Science Center

Dean for the Class of 2020; Class Dean & Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies

Charri J. Boykin-East

Charri J. Boykin-East

Senior Associate Dean of Students

201E Converse Hall

Dean for the Class of 2022; Senior Associate Dean of Students

Christopher N. Moulton

Christopher N. Moulton

Academic Support Coordinator

201 Converse Hall

Chris provides all aspects of administrative support for the 2022 Class Dean Charri Boykin-East and for the 2023 Class Dean Rick Lopez. 

Michelle L. Welles

Michelle L. Welles

Academic Support and Financial Coordinator

201 Converse Hall

Michelle provides all aspects of administrative support for the 2020 Class Dean Ethan Clotfelter and for the 2021 Class Dean Jess Caldwell-O'Keefe.   Michelle also facilitates all budgetary processing for both Student Affairs and Residential Life offices.

What We Do

The Office of Student Affairs supports a Class Dean System which does the following:

  • Provides a Dean who is dedicated to the oversight and stewardship of each class year.
  • Offers direct personal attention to each student.
  • Establishes one-on-one relationships between the students and their class dean.
  • Helps students develop educational goals and complete their graduation requirements.
  • Collaborates with Faculty to support student success in the classroom.
  • Facilitates access to academic and non-academic support services.
  • Supports student transitions as they navigate their undergraduate years.
  • Helps students successfully complete their academic career and personal goals.

The deans and assistants in the Student Affairs offices in Converse are valuable sources of information on a wide range of topics. The office serves as a place for students to begin seeking assistance and answers to their questions related to college life. All students would benefit from getting to know members of the Office of Student Affairs.


Class Deans at Amherst College
Left to right: Charri Boykin-East, Jess Caldwell-O'Keefe, Tiffany "Raphaela" Wade, Christopher Moulton, Rick Lopez, Michelle Welles, Ethan Clotfelter

Contact Information for the Class Deans

If you need to contact the Class Deans please use the following methods:

To contact Dean Lopez and Dean Boykin-East:

OR

  • call the Office of Student Affairs using extension 2337

To contact Dean Clotfelter and Dean Caldwell-O'Keefe:

OR

  • call the Office of Student Affairs using extension 2337