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Exeter names new dean of students

Brooks Moriarty ’87 has accepted a two-year appointment to oversee student life on campus.

February 26, 2019
Exeter faculty member speaking to students.

Brooks Moriarty ’87; P’18; P’21, an instructor in English currently serving as dean of academic affairs, has accepted a two-year appointment to be Exeter’s next dean of students.

Principal Bill Rawson ’71; P’08 made the announcement in a campus-wide email, calling Moriarty well positioned to “lead the discussion next year on how the dean of students office might be reorganized.”

Moriarty’s term begins July 1. He will succeed Melissa Mischke, who steps down after seven years in the position. A search for a new dean of academic affairs will begin immediately.

The dean of students oversees all aspects of student life on campus. Responsibilities include administering student housing and advising assignments and working closely with the faculty advisers. The dean supervises student health services, student activities, residential and day advising.

Moriarty returned to Exeter in 2008. He is the Barton Evans and H. Andrea Neves Instructor in Humanities and previously served as director of studies in his role as dean of academic affairs.

Principal Rawson announced three other appointments:

  • Carol Cahalane P’18, P’20 has accepted a five-year appointment as dean of residential life, transitioning from the interim role she currently holds. Cahalane came to PEA in 1990 and has been an instructor in health education and associate dean of students during her three decades at the Academy.
  • Scott Saltman P’18, P’21 has accepted a five-year appointment as director of studies, a role he has been serving on an interim basis this year. Saltman began his teaching career at PEA in 1991 and is the John E. Smith Jr. Distinguished Professor in Science.
  • Jane Cadwell has agreed to extend her service as Continuing Professional Development coordinator from three to five years. Cadwell, an instructor in English, came to the Academy in 1993.