Meet the Staff

Mary Beth Grant

Senior Associate Dean of Students
(607) 254-8598

Oversees the office of care and crisis services, as well as strategic planning initiatives for the dean of students.  Previously, Mary Beth served as judicial administrator at Cornell, worked as a civil rights attorney and a community educator with the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, and completed a stint in a law firm in Boston.  Mary Beth earned her B.A. in social work and sociology from the University of Iowa and her J.D. from Cornell Law School. 

Mary Beth makes her home with her husband in Ithaca, NY, where she enjoys walking through Cornell’s Botanic Gardens; running in Stewart or Cass parks; rowing on Cayuga Lake; singing in Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers; attending live music events on the commons, on Cornell’s art quad, at Bailey Hall or at the State Theater; volunteering in the community; sampling good food at one of Ithaca’s many eateries; relaxing with good fiction; or challenging her adult children to a game of Scrabble or Settlers of Catan.


Renee Alexander

Associate Dean of Students
(607) 255-9596

Student development, support, advocacy, advising; diversity

Terry Ector

Accounts Representative
(607) 255-9610

Provides support and accounting services for the Student Assembly Finance Commission (SAFC) which provides funding for over 600 registered undergraduate student organizations on the Cornell campus.

Terri Boslett

Associate Dean of Students, Finance and Administration
(607) 255-2291

Responsible for all aspects of financial, information systems, human resource, and facilities management and planning for the department.

Denise Zajac

Assistant Dean of Students
(607) 255-7287

Participates on the Alert Team, Alcohol and Other Drugs Incident Review Team, Bias Assessment and Review Team, and Incident Assessment Response Team. Also provides parental notifications and acts as the system administrator for Maxient/MAX.

Andrea M. Smith

Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students
(607) 255-1115