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.

emily perrin britt | Associate Dean of Students

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, she most recently served as the Associate Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Kentucky. Emily completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky where she joined the Zeta Gamma chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma and was involved as an orientation leader and campus tour guide. She earned her Master's in College Student Personnel at Ohio University where she started her career as a fraternity and sorority advisor. Emily has a passion for working with college students to help them learn more about themselves, their abilities as leaders, and how they can change the world around them. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeremy, and their cat, Moe, and dogs, Harper and Duke.

Kyle Gallagher | Assistant Dean for Campus Activities

Kyle Gallagher serves as the Assistant Dean for Campus Activities at the University of the South. Over the course of 11 years Kyle has worked at several higher education institutions in the areas of student union administration, Greek Life, student organizations, leadership development, and campus activities. Kyle is interested in several research areas that include multicultural competencies and training for Greek Life advisors, student organization assessment, and student governance. He earned a B.A. in History and a M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of West Florida and a M.S. in Agriculture from Southern Arkansas University. Kyle is currently working towards an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Outside of work, Kyle like to spend time reading, hiking, and watching the latest show on Netflix. 

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.  

Casey Kreger | Director of Residential Life

Casey Kreger serves as the Director of Residential Life at the University of the South. He has worked at several higher education institutions within various leadership roles in Housing and Residence life throughout his professional journey, focusing on student development, facility management, housing operations, fiscal management, student conduct, advising, and assessment. His passion is helping students develop holistically while enhancing learning outside of the classroom through cultivating innovative strategies. He earned a B.S. in Physical Education and an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Cameron University and an M.Ed in Sports Administration from East Central University. Casey is currently working towards an Ed.D in Leadership with a concentration in Student Personnel Services from the University of the Cumberlands. Outside of work, he likes to spend time with his wife, Kailee, and daughter, Esther, being involved at church, spending time on the mountain hiking and running, and exploring the local food scene.