Boston College’s new associate vice president and dean of students Thomas A. Mogan insists he won’t be known simply as a “dean of discipline” (the unofficial job title of many past deans of students). Indeed, Mogan says he plans to bolster his managerial roles in the Dean of Students Office, a place he calls “a central resource for all student concerns.”
The dean’s office provides students with critical support and direct services, ranging from one-on-one mentoring to disability services to student life and conduct adjudication. [See sidebar] Mogan also sees himself as a mentor who strives to “foster the growth and development of all students during their journeys at Boston College.”
Mogan arrived on the Heights in early January, replacing Paul Chebator, who retired last year after 34 years at the University. He came to Boston College from Villanova University in Philadelphia, where he served as director of the Office of Student Development for 16 years.
Born near Atlantic City—and still bearing a trace of a Philadelphia-area accent—Mogan studied political science and history at the University of Delaware and earned an M.S. in education administration at Florida State University. He began his career at Villanova in 1992 as an adjunct professor in both the history and communications departments. Over the next 22 years, he taught everything from leadership to global sports history to a seminar on race relations. He also found time to earn a Ph.D. in history from Temple University. Active in a range of campus activities and interests, Mogan led 14 student service trips to Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and Central and South America—a record for a Villanova administrator. “That’s a point of pride for me,” he says.
Mogan plans to immerse himself in Boston College’s community as much as he did in his previous perch at Villanova. He holds office hours, open to anyone at the University, on alternating Thursday and Friday afternoons. In addition, he hosts a monthly “Dinner with the Dean” series, inviting small groups of students to discuss their aspirations for and qualms with student life over a meal.
Mogan says that he wants to ensure that all students, faculty, staff, and parents feel comfortable sharing concerns and ideas to improve undergraduate life. He and his staff plan to regularly call on parents to ask how the dean’s office can better serve their children.
Services of the Office of the Dean of Students
Assistance for students in crisis or distress — Directs students suffering from mental health, social stress, or academic stress to appropriate counseling, medical, or personal assistance services.
Disability Services — Ensures that students with hearing, visual, mobility, medical, or psychiatric disabilities have equal access to the University’s academic, social, and recreational programs.
GLBTQ resources — Provides support and information for students questioning their sexual identity or seeking community.
Off-campus housing and student life — A subsidiary of the Office of Residential Life that organizes off-campus programs and helps students navigate rental policies, landlords, and city officials.
Office of Student Conduct — Oversees academic and social decorum, maintains code of conduct, and handles reports of violations.
Sexual assault information — Provides resources for counseling and reporting incidents.
Student Guide — Online guide that provides information about student life resources, student organizations, policies, community standards, and the Student Judicial System.