Erica O'Neal Howard, Ph.D. | Associate Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students

Dr. Erica O’Neal Howard is the Associate Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students at the University of the South. She has over 25 years of experience serving students in higher education. Erica has worked in a variety of leadership roles, including as an Assistant Vice President at Caltech and as the Senior Associate Dean of Students at Occidental College.  Interested in the holistic development of students in a pluralistic world, Dean Howard has made various professional contributions to develop future leaders.  These include founding the Stanford Summer Engineering Academy for women and underrepresented minority students; re-engineering the undergraduate admissions process at Caltech to increase the number of women and minorities; creating an interdisciplinary care team at Occidental to better support all students; supporting the development of a formal veterans program at Occidental; and partnering with local psychologists to test and offer some low-cost services to Occidental College students with disabilities.  She also established Oxy’s first threat assessment team.  Erica holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in Higher Education and a BA from Harvard University in Romance Languages and Literatures.  When not working, Erica can be found trail running, hiking, and trying to keep up with her daughter.

Lauren Goodpaster | Associate Dean of Students

Lauren Goodpaster is the Associate Dean of Students at the University of the South. Lauren came to Sewanee in 2017 as Director of Student Conduct and has since served as Assistant Dean for Campus Life, becoming a valued colleague to offices across campus. Lauren previously served as director of transitions and first-year programs at the University of Kentucky. She has almost 20 years of experience in student affairs administration, including leadership development, student programming, academic advising, community engagement, conduct, and more. Lauren received a B.A. in human resources management with a distinction in leadership at Birmingham Southern College, and earned an M.S. in education, with a concentration in student affairs and student development.  Lauren is also a returned U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in community health. 

Fr. Sway Rosario-Caliz | Assistant Dean of Students for Community Standards

Fr. Sway Rosario-Caliz is the Assistant Dean of Students for Community Standards. Sway is a student affairs professional with experiences in student development, mentoring and advising, student conduct and community standards, residence life and housing, and student leadership and engagement. A Puerto Rico native of African descent, he has focused on social justice and creating pathways that allow students and colleagues to truly explore and embrace their identities and the possible intersectionality within them. Sway is excited to join the Sewanee community. He looks forward to meeting students, staff, and faculty and continuing to build that sense of community. Sway is a proud first-generation Afro-Latino college graduate and a product of the State University of New York. He earned a Bachelor's of Science in criminal justice and religious studies at Buffalo State College, and later earned an MS in higher education and student affairs administration. He is working toward a doctor of education at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Matthew Brown | Director of Student Accessibility Services

Matt Brown is the Director of Student Accessibility Services at the University of the South, where he began this position in 2019 as the school’s second director of student accessibility services. His role is to promote accessibility across the University of the South by setting up accommodations for students with disabilities, educating the campus community, and working with lead administrators to ensure accessibility is being considered at every opportunity. Matt also serves as the Chair of the CARE Team and the Lead Process Facilitator for students working through Title IX investigations. Matt was raised in Oklahoma but has been a resident of East Tennessee since 2008. He has been working with campus disabilities offices for over 10 years, starting as a student working at his undergraduate university. Matt earned both his Bachelors and Masters at East Tennessee State University where he earned a B.A. in Human Development and Learning and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health and Family and Couples Counseling. His passion is working with individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, individuals on the autism spectrum, and researching the latest assistive technology. When Matt is not in the office he is enjoying time with his partner, two dogs, and two cats and his hobby of technology and games.  

Brittany Vaughan | Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students

Brittany Vaughan is the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students at the University of the South where she began this position in February 2019. Brittany is often the first point of contact for the Dean of Students' Office. She provides administrative support and leadership, works with students as a part of the CARE Team, and serves in a support role on several working groups. Prior to working in the Dean of Students' Office, she served as Executive Office Administrative Assistant, Coordinator for Trustee Relations, and Executive Office Coordinator at the University. Brittany received her B.P.S. from Austin Peay State University and has plans to pursue a graduate degree in the near future. She also serves as a member of the University's Employee Advisory Committee and the committee for first generation college students.