Meet the DOS Staff

Come visit us in our offices on the first floor of Heggblade Center.

Sharon Basso
Sharon Basso

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

(909) 621-8114
sharon.basso@cmc.edu

The Dean of Students at Claremont McKenna College is responsible for the day-to-day lives of all CMC students. This includes supervision of the Dean of Students staff and its functions: Academic Counseling, Personal Advising, First-Year Student Programs, Residential Life & Housing, Student Activities, the Center for Civic Engagement, and Disciplinary Matters. The Dean of Students is also CMC’s liaison to the “central services” that are provided by the Claremont University Consortium, including: Campus Safety, Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS), Student Health Services, Health Education Outreach, the Office of Black Student Affairs, the Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Office, the Queer Resource Center, the EmPOWER Center, and the Chaplains Office. The Dean of Students serves as an advocate for student concerns and needs. And finally, the Dean of Students serves as the primary dean for juniors, seniors, and graduate students at CMC.

 
Susan Layden
Susan Layden

Associate Dean of Students for Academic Success

(909) 607-8307
susan.layden@cmc.edu

Associate Dean Layden holds a B.A. in Psychology from Siena College, and a Ph.D. in Literacy from the University at Albany. Susan has worked extensively on initiatives connected to access and equity, diversity and inclusion, disability services, athletics, and international student support; she serves on the national steering board for the Consortium for High Achievement and Success (CHAS), and trains faculty and staff at colleges and universities in Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) pedagogy. At Skidmore College, where she worked before coming to CMC, she was also part of the small faculty team responsible for creating the first Intergroup minor in the nation. Susan is a native New Yorker, an avid athletics fan, and loves gardening, making pizza, hiking and spinning, and spending time with her family and friends.

 
Vince Greer
Vince Greer

Associate Dean of Students for Diversity, Inclusion, and Residential Life

(909) 607-9357
vince.greer@cmc.edu

As a member of the Dean of Students staff and inaugural director of CMC’s new campus resource center to support diversity and inclusion, Dean Greer works with the CMC community to build capacities across the institution to ensure students of broadly diverse backgrounds, identities, experiences, perspectives, and ideas are able to thrive. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing from DePauw University, and received his Masters of Education/Higher Education Administration Specialization from Northeastern University. He is active in numerous professional organizations. He is currently the co-convener for the Great Lakes College Association Committee for Institutional Commitment to Educational Equity, and he is a member of the Chicago and New York Posse Scholar Foundation Selection Committee.

 
Devon MacIver
Devon MacIver

Assistant Dean of Students for Student Activities and Orientation

(909) 607-9936
devon.maciver@cmc.edu

Dean MacIver is responsible for Student Activities, WOA, and also serves as advisor to ASCMC. He is always open to hear ideas for new and innovative events and is excited to help students create a dynamic programming calendar for CMC. Originally from Massachusetts, Dean MacIver has a B.A. in political science from UMass Dartmouth, and a master’s degree in college student development from Northeastern University. In his free time, Dean MacIver enjoys gardening, cooking, and playing video games.

 
Amy Bibbens
Amy Bibbens

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement

(909) 607-8107
amy.bibbens@cmc.edu

Through the Center for Civic Engagement, Dean Bibbens strives to foster personal and character development in CMC students through co-curricular programming in the areas of service, citizenship and sustainability. The CCE serves as a resource center for students interested in community service, and encourages active participation in public life and community problem solving. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a master’s degree from Cornell University. A native of North Carolina, she is a Tarheel basketball fan. She and her husband (who also works at CMC) stay busy with their two kids and a dog, and can often be found cheering from the sidelines of soccer fields and basketball courts.

 
Kari Rood
Kari Rood

Assistant Director of Student Activities

(909) 607-0316
kari.rood@cmc.edu

As part of the Student Activities team, Kari serves as an advisor and resource to all CMC clubs and organizations. She serves as the primary advisor to the College Programming Board (CPB) and helps to oversee the Bike Shop. She also works with the CMC Orientation program, which includes the beloved WOA trips for incoming students. Originally she is from Arizona, but ventured to Texas to receive her bachelor's in business administration in financial consulting from Southern Methodist University. She earned her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from Baylor University. Having been raised in baseball parks she is always interested in attending any game within driving distance, even though her beloved Diamondbacks are a state away. She also has a deep love for movies, chocolate, and traveling to new places.

 
Sean Rollolazo
Sean Rollolazo

Assistant Director of Residential Life

(909) 621-8204
sean.rollolazo@cmc.edu

 

Sean Rollolazo co-supervises the Resident Assistant program and housing operations as the second member of the Residential Life team. As a West Coast-er, Sean grew up in both Seattle, Washington and Kailua Kona, Hawaii, and earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Azusa Pacific University — just 15 minutes away. He earned master’s degree in higher education and student affairs at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, before heading to Elon University in North Carolina as a professional in residence life. Sean loves anything food-related (cooking, baking, and eating) and music-related (listening, singing, and dancing). He is a runner (not necessarily a fast one) who is either training for a race or planning to sign up for the next one. He also loves being around people, particularly college students, who encourage him to be authentic, passionate, and teachable.

 
Cynthia Keller
Cynthia Keller

Assistant to the Dean of Students

(909) 607-9814
cynthia.keller@cmc.edu

Ms. Keller assists the Dean of Students and oversees the Dean of Students Office. She serves as the primary contact on behalf of the Dean and provides support in the daily operations of each department within the office. Cynthia manages the DOS motor pool, supervises the DOS Student Assistants and makes arrangements for Commencement. She earned her bachelor’s degree in integrative studies from Arizona State University. Stop by to see her anytime and you will always be greeted with a warm smile and a positive attitude, provided she has had her morning coffee and has a full candy bowl.

 
Lyn Hughes
Lyn Hughes

Administrative Assistant

(909) 607-7950
lyn.hughes@cmc.edu

Ms. Hughes provides assistance in the areas of Residential Life and Orientation, including room changes, meal plans, health insurance, and dorm damage. A native Californian, she is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton with a B.A. in communication. She hopes you will drop by Heggblade if you have any questions regarding residential life. Even if you don’t have a question, stop by and visit ‘Wilson,’ the automatic red candy dispenser, which will cheerfully provide a handful of M&M’s, Skittles or jelly beans.

 

Contact

Dean of Students

Claremont McKenna College
850 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 621-8114
Fax: (909) 621-8495
Email:

Campus Location

Heggblade Center, First Floor
400 E. Ninth Street
Claremont, CA 91711