During her two decades on the CMC staff, Dianna has always put the student experience first, dedicated to making sure every CMCer has the opportunity to thrive. Before assuming the Dean of Students role, Dianna served as the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, collaborating with students, faculty, staff, and trustees on CMC’s institutional priorities.
As a CMC student, Graves earned 11 varsity athletics letters, received the prestigious Dickinson Award, served as Head Resident Assistant, and won the Berger Prize as one of two outstanding students in her graduating class. Prior to her career in higher education, Graves worked briefly as a research associate in the Molecular Genetics Department at City of Hope, investigating the genetic processes underlying cancer.
Graves returned to CMC as the head women’s volleyball coach, a position she held for 12 seasons. In 2010, she became Director of Academic Planning at CMC. In that role, she oversaw federal grant administration, institutional accreditation, and external program review. She played a lead role in establishing the Personal and Social Responsibility Initiative, working with the Dean of Students and the Dean of the Faculty on issues related to sexual assault, drug and alcohol use, academic integrity, and campus climate. Graves also served as CMC’s institutional liaison to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for seven years. In 2015, the College recognized her leadership with CMC’s Exceptional Service Award.
Graves holds a Ph.D. in education from Claremont Graduate University, is a member of multiple professional organizations, and serves on the Board of the Claremont Educational Foundation.