W. Marichal Gentry | Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students

W. Marichal Gentry was appointed to this position in July 2015. Prior to becoming Dean of Students at Sewanee, Dean Gentry served at Yale University as the Associate Vice President for Student Life and Senior Associate Dean of Yale College. He came to Yale in 2007 from Middlebury College, where, for eight years, he served as the Associate Dean of the College, Acting Dean of Students Affairs, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, and Acting Registrar. Before returning to higher education, Dean Gentry worked in Consumer Banking for what is now known as Wells Fargo. For six years he counseled young children and families undergoing treatment at Duke University’s Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. Dean Gentry currently serves on several advisory boards, including the international advisory board for Student Affairs at the University of Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, and on the 100 Men in Black Gospel Chorus, Inc. of the Triangle area in North Carolina. Dean Gentry has been awarded several honors for his work with young people and for his service in the field of higher education. Dean Gentry is a 1986 graduate of the University of the South at Sewanee, where he earned a B.A. in Social Science/Foreign Language (Political Science/French). He went on to earn a master’s of social work degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1994), focusing on Families and Children. Dean Gentry also has earned a certificate of completion from the Institute of European Studies in Paris, France (1985), and two certificates of completion from Harvard University’s Institute for Higher Education: The Management Development Program (2006), and the Institute for Management in Leadership in Education (2012). In his spare time, Dean Gentry enjoys listening to music, writing, storytelling, documentary filmmaking, and watching college basketball.

Rachel L. Champagne | Director of Community Standards

Rachel Champagne is the Director of Community Standards at the University of the South, where she began in this position in November 2018. She is responsible for investigating and adjudicating the Code of Conduct within the EQB Guide for Living in Community, advising the Student Conduct Board and chairs the team that supports students in crisis or of concern. She coordinates alcohol and drug education within the Dean of Students office and facilitates workshops on ethical decision-making, alcohol skills training and CliftonStrengths for Students. Rachel is a native of Aberdeen, Maryland (but calls New Orleans, Louisiana home) who has spent the last 18 years working at colleges and universities. Rachel earned both her bachelor of arts and master of science degrees from McDaniel College and has completed her doctoral education in Educational Leadership and Higher Education Administration at the University of New Orleans. She believes in supporting college students, even if that means holding students accountable when they make mistakes. When she is not on campus, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter exploring the outdoors and attending festivals in New Orleans.

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 in this position in July 2019.

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. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys reading, hiking, and mountain biking.