Students Affairs: Staff Directory

Karu Kozuma

Karu Kozuma

Chief Student Affairs Officer

202-E Converse Hall

As the Chief Student Affairs Officer, Hikaru Kozuma leads a team of student affairs professionals who are committed to providing an exemplary student experience. In his role, he works with an array of departments that deliver programs and services to support students in their transition and growth at Amherst College. He is responsible for creating and implementing a college-wide vision for the engagement of students with each other, the institution, and their overall college experience by leading the following departments: the Office of Student Affairs, Residential Life, the Counseling Center, the Health Center, Health Education, Student Activities, Accessibility Services, Religious Life, Community Standards, and Case Management.

Mimi Odgers

Mimi Odgers

Asst to the Chief Student Affairs Officer & Dean of Students

202 Converse Hall

Mimi assists the Chief Student Affairs Officer and the Dean of Students in the coordination of major initiatives and events in the Office of Student Affairs.

Class Deans

Charri J. Boykin-East

Charri J. Boykin-East

Senior Associate Dean of Students

201E Converse Hall

Dean Boykin-East has special responsibilities for the Peer Tutoring Program. She is also available for general and academic counseling for the Class of 2019. Dean Boykin-East is also a member of several of the College’s committees.

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 Lopez has special responsibilities for the personal and academic counseling of students in the Class of 2022 and new transfer scholars. He may be consulted on matters relating to the general and academic counseling of first-year students, college regulations and requirements, the Orientation Program, and the First-Year Seminar courses.

Ethan D. Clotfelter

Ethan D. Clotfelter

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

B314 Science Center

Provides personal and academic counseling of students in the Class of 2021.

Michelle L. Welles

Michelle L. Welles

Academic Support and Financial

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.

Case Management Team

Scott D. Howard

Scott D. Howard

Associate Dean of Students/Director of Case Management

202-B Converse Hall