The William Smith Dean's Office is responsible for creating an enriching educational experience for each William Smith student across her years at the College, integrating experiences in and out of the classroom.
Much of the work of the office focuses on advising individual students on specific goals or concerns they have about both their academic and personal lives and on stewarding academic and social traditions.
Another major focus of the office is to create and support initiatives that help define William Smith College’s identity and carry out the commitment to women's education and development.
William Smith students should contact the Dean’s Office with any questions or problems that may arise. All students are encouraged to introduce themselves to the deans, either by making an appointment or attending open hours held every day.
You can contact the office anytime to schedule an appointment or to find out more about open, hours.
William Smith College owes its existence to the persistence and generosity of its founder, William Smith, a local nurseryman. In his memory, we have adopted the pine tree as a symbol of William Smith College.
The William Smith Deans Office is known for having a “360 degree ear.” The deans welcome the chance to speak with students about any matter of concern. They welcome any William Smith student with worries regarding their academics, social life, residential life, health or other areas.
William Smith Dean's Office
Smith Hall, First Floor
Phone: (315) 781-3467
Hours 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri
Dean McNally is responsible for ensuring that William Smith College students' academic, personal and health needs are met through the College's policies, services and support staff. She is also the dean who works primarily with the senior class to assist in the transition from college to post-graduation, including advising and planning for graduate school or employment. Dean McNally oversees the budget that supports student activities and is the adviser to William Smith Congress and Hai Timiai.
Dean Gunter is the dean for the sophomore and junior classes. She is also the William Smith Dean's Office representative to the Committee on Standards and to the Committee on Individual Majors. Dean Gunter assists and supports students and the campus Counseling Center in coordinating the Acquaintance Rape Awareness Workshops each fall. She is also the adviser to the Laurel Society.
Dean Kaenzig is the dean for the first-year class. She invites all first-year students to meet with her to get acquainted and discuss how she can help make the first-year successful and happy for them. Dean Kaenzig also serves on the committee for Global Education, the Steering Committee for Accreditation at HWS, Coordinates the HWS First Generation Initiative and works with the programs of the Centennial Center for Leadership.
Gretchen is the assistant to the dean of William Smith College and the office supervisor. With her friendly voice and outgoing personality, Gretchen is always willing to help students make appointments to see the deans and assist students and/or parents with questions regarding academic policies.
Sue is the secretary to the Deans of William Smith College. With her calm and friendly personality, Sue answers academic policy questions, helps direct the students, and makes appointments with the deans.