G. Christopher Hunt, dean of equity and inclusion at Lafayette since June 2017, is being promoted to the position of dean of students, Vice President for Campus Life Annette Diorio announced today.
“Chris has a wealth of experience in providing oversight and support for areas such as residence life, student conduct, and student programming,” said Diorio. “This coupled with his experience and commitment to equity and inclusion positions him as the perfect person to serve as an advocate for all students.”
“I am honored to be appointed to dean of students and continue to work with our incredible team in the Division of Campus Life,” said Hunt. “In my career, I have worked with outstanding mentors who have shaped how I will approach this role. Collaboration, communication, and compassion are qualities I believe are vital for success as well as getting to know the students and their respective journeys. I hope to emulate my mentors and assist Annette with providing leadership to the division.”
Hunt, whose promotion becomes effective July 1, previously served as Lafayette’s assistant director of residence life and off-campus housing coordinator from 2003-07.
As the College’s dean of students, Hunt will continue to report to Diorio and will now oversee all functions of the Division of Campus Life except the health center, athletics, and public safety. He will retain supervision of intercultural development, religious and spiritual life, the counseling center, and educational equity, and add oversight of recreation services, residence life, student conduct, and student involvement.
“Chris has demonstrated an ability to develop strong communication with students,” added Diorio. “He is a frequent collaborator with faculty and an engaged and energetic member of the president’s senior staff. Chris and I share a strong partnership in providing leadership for the Division of Campus Life, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him.”
Prior to returning to Lafayette, Hunt worked at Moravian College from 2009-17, serving for the first four and a half years as director of housing and finishing as the associate dean of students and director of intercultural advancement and global inclusion. He oversaw student conduct, student activities, religious life, student emergency management, the counseling center, diversity, and international student support. He also served as the assistant to the director/area coordinator at Kutztown University for the 2007-08 academic year and the fall of 2008.
Hunt earned a bachelor of arts from East Stroudsburg University in 2002, a master of science in administration from West Chester University in 2005, and is completing his doctoral studies focusing on educational leadership and administration.
A native of Middletown, N.Y., Hunt and his wife, Nichelle, have two daughters, Cydney (13) and Cayla (9), a son, CJ (12), and a beagle-chihuahua mix, Geno.