Colby succeeds when our students thrive.

Stellar advising is an important foundation. The mission of the Dean of Studies Office is to facilitate student success through collaborations with campus partners that promote student development and support academic achievement.

Class Deans specialize in the unique experiences of each class year, collaborating closely with every office on campus to connect students to Colby’s robust collection of resources, opportunities and mentors; to share timely and accurate information and guidance around administrative policies and processes; to provide holistic support to students experiencing challenges that impact their academics; and to contribute directly to student growth and self-knowledge in the fundamental areas of Learning, Scholarship, Engagement, Leadership, and Wellness.

Helpfully placed to assist students with processing and finding solutions to their unique challenges, and with insight into many facets of the student academic experience, Class Deans also design and partner in strategic programming to address common challenges that impact students across their four years at Colby.

Contact your class dean today

Please make an appointment with your Class Dean by calling 207-859-4560 or drop in to visit us in Eustis 107 to discuss any questions or concerns, brainstorm options, or think strategically about your academic and future planning.

Meet The Class Deans

Steve Moran

Steve Moran

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Dean of Studies Office

Steve Moran serves as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Dean of Studies Office on Mayflower Hill. He is a resource for any questions regarding academic success or general concerns related to the student experience. Dean Moran leads the Office of the Dean of Studies in developing programming and connecting students to resources to support their overall academic success. Dean Moran also co-leads the College CARE Team and helps coordinate emergency on-call support. He works closely with faculty and staff across the College so that every student has the opportunity to thrive while at Colby

Dean served as Colby College’s First-Year Class Dean from 2017 – 2020. Before that, Dean Moran worked at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. There he was the Director of Student Leadership and Engagement, overseeing new-student orientation, all student organizations, and student governance. Dean Moran actively taught a number of first-year transition and leadership courses at his previous institution. He also served as a member of the on-call rotation and as a Title IX investigator.

Dean Moran loves being a part of the Colby community. He lives in Waterville with his wife, two young children, and Labrador Retriever. He graduated with a B.A. in political science from the University of Maine and subsequently completed his M.Ed. in higher education administration at the University of Maine.

Dean Moran can be reached via email or by visiting the Dean of Studies Office in Eustis.

Ray Grant

Ray Grant

Class Dean for First-Year Students and Programs

Ray Grant has worked in higher education for over fifteen years in the areas of advising, academic affairs, and student support services. Most recently, he worked at DePaul University in Chicago where he was responsible for the strategic planning, implementation, and assessment of co-curricular programs to support student success and retention. Ray also directed the advising program and provided leadership in developing strategies such as mentoring opportunities to foster the academic, professional, and personal success of at-risk and first-generation college students. He was a student conduct advisor and served on the board of the Academic Integrity Committee.

Dean Grant’s favorite hobbies are playing chess (he was a former junior chess champion) and global exploration. He has traveled worldwide to many countries including China, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Morocco, Argentina, and others throughout Europe and the Caribbean.

Dean Grant earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Science in Urban Affairs both from Hunter College of the City University of New York, as well as a Doctorate of Education focused on Educational Leadership from DePaul University.

Heather Pena

Heather Pena

Class Dean for Sophomore Students and Programs

Heather Pena serves as the Class Dean for Sophomore Students at Colby College. Dean Pena spent 12 years as a Research Instruction Librarian and Information Services Director at numerous institutions including UC Berkeley, New England School of Law and Regis College. At Regis College and UC Berkeley, she actively taught research instruction and methodology to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in a variety of academic disciplines and implemented successful student mentorship programs empowering the professional, personal and academic student growth experience. As a mentor and advocate, Dean Pena is excited to share her passion in embracing the vibrancy of on-campus life and furthering student academic success via support, guidance and collaborative mentorship to the Sophomore Class at Colby College. She graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy at Trinity College and holds an MLIS from San Jose State University. Heather is currently working toward completing her Doctorate of Education degree at the University of New England.

Dean Pena is also an inn owner and yoga instructor in the Belgrade Lakes Region and enjoys paddleboarding on Great Pond and hiking the Kennebec Valley with her family and two dogs.

Dean Pena can be reached via email or by visiting the Dean of Studies Office in Eustis.

Roosevelt Boone

Roosevelt Boone

Class Dean for Junior and Senior Students and Programs

Roosevelt Boone serves as the Class Dean for Junior and Senior Students at Colby College. Dean Boone joins Colby College after spending the previous six years at the NCAA Division I level as a college football coach and administrator, mentoring student-athletes in positive decision- making, time management, accountability, and academic success.

In his most recent role as Director of Player Engagement, Rutgers University Football, Dean Boone was responsible for delivering the Life Beyond the Game program to prepare student- athletes for life after sport. In this role, Dean Boone developed innovative methods for educating student-athletes on development in leadership, character, and career.

Over the past decade, Dean Boone, in concert with his mother, Alice Boone, has sustained the Strong Mind – Strong Body, Inc. (SMSB, Inc.) 501(c) (3) not-for-profit. SMSB, Inc. aims to restore impoverished communities through youth wellness summer programs, job readiness training, and Veteran-centric services. The organization’s inception took place at the University of Maine when Dean Boone entered his senior year as a Black Bear football team member.

Dean Boone earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Master of Science in Human Development, and Master of Education in Kinesiology, all from the University of Maine. While at Maine, Dean Boone aided in coordinating the Black Bear Mentor program, which coupled University of Maine students with local middle and elementary school students from vulnerable backgrounds.

The Dean of Studies Office

Colby College, Student Life
5300 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8853