Brian Samble

Brian Samble

Brian Samble, assistant dean of student affairs and deputy Title IX coordinator at Franklin & Marshall College since July 2016, has been named Lafayette’s dean of students, Vice President for Campus Life Annette Diorio announced today.

“Brian’s strong background in student development, including case management and Title IX, will be a great asset,” said Diorio. “This coupled with his practical experiences working at Franklin & Marshall as they developed policies and programs to improve student access and enhance equity will be a great benefit to our community.”

“Lafayette has a high standard of excellence—in the classroom, on the field, and across campus,” said Samble. “The students with whom I met in the interview process also showed the tremendous heart of the institution. I look forward to working with Annette Diorio, the Division of Campus Life, and the talented faculty to continue to advance student success as the College’s next dean of students.”

Samble, who begins April 1, will report to Diorio and gradually assume leadership of multiple offices within the Campus Life division, including oversight for the associate and assistant deans of students in addition to other areas. 

“I look forward to working with Brian and to the expertise and energy he will bring to help us strengthen the student experience,” added Diorio. “His experience building robust assessment of programs is aligned with our divisional commitment to data-informed decision-making.”

Among his many accomplishments at Franklin & Marshall, Samble helped the institution earn a $10,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Consortium of Liberal Arts to co-host a 10-institution conference on case management, behavior intervention, and threat assessment at liberal arts colleges.  

Prior to Franklin & Marshall, Samble served in a few different roles at University of Tennessee, ending as assistant director of university housing for academic initiatives and assessment. He led the living and learning community program, in which nearly 1,000 students lived in communities affiliated with academic colleges, the chancellor’s honors program, and student affairs/student success offices.

Samble has been a presenter for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and holds numerous certifications from the organization, including Title IX and student affairs law & policy. He holds additional certifications from the Association of Title IX Administrators and the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment. His areas of expertise include case management, student conduct, residential life, student academic success, assessment, emergency management, law and policy, and Title IX. 

Samble earned a bachelor of arts with a major in history from Saint Anselm College in 2009, a master of arts in higher education administration from Boston College in 2011, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from University of Tennessee in 2014. 

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