Office of the Senior Executive
Laurier Brantford welcomes first Dean of Students
Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed Becca Carroll to the new position of Dean of Students for the Brantford campus, effective July 1, 2011.
Carroll has 15 years of progressive experience in residence life and student affairs. For the past two years, she has served as Assistant Director, Leadership, Learning and Programs, at The University of Western Ontario.
The new role of Dean of Students, Laurier Brantford is part of a strategic change within Laurier Student Affairs. The change is designed to enhance the university’s innovative approach to student-centred education. Dedicating one Dean of Students to the fast-growing Brantford campus and another to the Waterloo campus enables each dean to focus more directly on students and the student-life needs of each campus.
Carroll will report to David McMurray, Laurier’s Vice-President: Student Affairs, and to Lesley Cooper, Acting Principal/Vice-President of Laurier Brantford. Leanne Holland Brown, Dean of Students at Laurier’s Waterloo campus, also reports to McMurray. This co-reporting structure creates a direct line to senior leadership on both campuses and supports a strong multi-campus operational model.
"I am very pleased, in company with Dr. Cooper, to announce the appointment of Becca Carroll as Laurier Brantford's first Dean of Students,” McMurray said. “Becca has the perfect combination of skills and experience to pioneer this important new role to advance student engagement and success at Laurier Brantford. She has earned a strong reputation at UWO for her outstanding ability to mentor students, build and nurture strong relationships, and focus on purposeful student leadership and support. We are very excited to welcome such a personal and dynamic student affairs leader to the Laurier Brantford community."
Laurier’s Brantford campus has grown rapidly in size and popularity since it first opened in 1999 with 39 students and one building. Today, the campus has more than 2,300 students and 18 buildings.
“Becca is warmly welcomed by Laurier Brantford Student Affairs, our students, faculty and staff,” Cooper said. “She will be a great asset given her extensive background in student life.”
Carroll earned a BA in kinesiology from The University of Western Ontario and an MA in leadership and training from Royal Roads University. As an undergraduate, she played varsity rugby and was named team MVP in 1994 and team captain in 1998. As a student affairs professional, she has held a variety of positions at UWO, from Residence Manager to her present role as Assistant Director, Leadership, Learning and Programs. Her current duties include designing and delivering leadership, learning and programming initiatives to 130 student staff, 200 residents’ council leaders, and more than 4,300 undergraduate students living in residence.
Carroll has also been active in the broader university community, leading alternative spring break trips to such locations as Peru and Florida, and serving as a facilitator for initiatives such as UWO’s Leaders’ Forum for Academic and Administrative Leaders. As well, she has volunteered outside the university with a number of organizations."Laurier has a solid reputation for academic excellence and is a leader in student engagement,” Carroll said. “I am thrilled to join the leadership of the student union, students, staff and faculty to passionately contribute to Laurier's commitment to inspiring lives of leadership and purpose. As the Dean of Students, cultivating capacity in students matters. This includes their academic, leadership, and discovery of self-experiences while at Laurier Brantford. I look forward to developing meaningful relationships both on campus and within the Brantford community in order to positively influence the campus culture."