+ Dean’s Offices – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \

Meet the Deans

Scott Brophy

Scott Brophy
Dean of Hobart College
Responsible for the overall care of each Hobart student

Khuram Hussain

David Mapstone ’93, P’21
Associate Dean of Hobart College
Works with Hobart Classes of 2023 and 2025

Joseph Mink

Joseph Mink
Assistant Dean of Hobart College
Works with Hobart Classes of 2022 and 2024

Meet the Deans

Lisa Kaenzig

Lisa Kaenzig P'22
Dean of William Smith College
Supports the academic and leadership success of all William Smith students

Kelly Payne

Kelly Payne
Assistant Dean of William Smith College
Opens doors for the William Smith Classes of 2022 and 2024

Lisa Salter

Lisa Salter
Assistant Dean of William Smith College
Fosters academic success for the William Smith Classes of 2023 and 2025

Programs Sponsored by the Deans' Offices

The deans regularly host programs that promote leadership, facilitate dialogue between individuals on campus and celebrate the rich history of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. They work with student governments, honor societies, athletic teams and other student groups to ensure that student voices are heard and can make a difference on campus.


Student Benefits

The deans are available to assist students in many aspects of life at HWS. Contact your dean for guidance on any of the following:

  • Transitioning from one year to the next
  • Selecting an academic adviser
  • Academic or social probation
  • Finding the right-fit student organizations to join
  • Learning more about services available on campus
  • Building relationships with professors, offices or peers
  • Becoming more active in the HWS community
  • Selecting a major/minor
  • Academic recognition and ceremonies
  • Campus traditions
  • Planning for a study abroad, internship or research experience
  • Transfer credits
  • Final exam rescheduling
  • Leave(s) of absence
  • Taking action on campus issues

Honor Societies

The Deans' Offices support honor societies for sophomore, junior and senior students. Honor society members are selected based on their scholarship, leadership, character and service. Typically, they are student leaders who foster a sense of community on campus. Students interested in becoming part of an honor society should inquire about the application process with their Dean’s Office.

William Smith Honor Societies Hobart Honor Societies HWS Deans' List

Parents and Families

The deans are important contacts for parents and families as they are responsible for the academic and co-curricular well-being of all students. Families should not hesitate to contact the Deans' Offices with questions or concerns regarding their student’s well-being or academic progress. When appropriate, the deans can often connect students to necessary resources or facilitate relationships with other parties on campus.

Student Governments

Hobart Government and William Smith Congress work to promote and represent the interests and activities of their respective student body. Every student is a member of their student government and are encouraged to attend the weekly meetings to discuss, and act upon campus issues that they find important. Each student government has an executive board of student directors and each class elects their own class presidents. The deans actively collaborate with and support these governing organizations.

William Smith Congress Hobart Student Government

Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN)

The Public Leadership Education Network is a national organization that encourages and prepares young women to become political leaders by hosting academic seminars in Washington, D.C. William Smith College is a member of PLEN and is led by William Smith Dean, Lisa Kaenzig. The organization aims to increase the number of women in top leadership positions by exposing college women to role models and skills training needed before entering the workforce in public policy careers.

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