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New Dean of Students Selected

By Maralee Csellar

American University has appointed Robert D. Hradsky as assistant vice president of campus life and dean of students. Hradsky’s first day on campus will be October 20.

Since 2005, Hradsky has been vice provost for student affairs at the University of Baltimore where he oversees the university’s student affairs functions, including the academic resource center, career center, international services, diversity education and programs, student involvement, counseling services, disability support, campus recreation, and the dean of students office. 

In 2007, the University of Baltimore transformed its mission from being a strictly upper-division university that offers post-graduate degrees to a four-year institution. Hradsky led the university’s enrollment management and student affairs efforts to recruit its first freshman class in 32 years.

“One of American University’s hallmarks is our student centeredness,” said Gail Hanson, vice president of campus life.  “Dr. Hradsky’s background in both academic and student affairs will be a great asset as we strive to make each student’s overall campus experience transformative.”  

Through its 16 departments AU’s Office of Campus Life helps students integrate into the university’s diverse living and learning community.  As dean of students, Hradsky will oversee the university’s student learning and development team including academic support, community service, counseling and student health centers, as well as new student programs, disability support service and judicial affairs.

Prior to his work at the University of Baltimore, Hradsky was assistant dean for student affairs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; his responsibilities included enrollment management and student affairs. During his tenure at Hopkins, Hradsky led the expansion and reorganization of student affairs, creating two new offices, one focusing on student diversity and the other on community service and service-learning. From 1996 to 2000, Hradsky was executive director of career services for the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, providing career development and job search services to the school’s 3,200 students.

He has held leadership positions in several professional associations, including the American College Personnel Association, the Association of Schools of Public Health, and the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers. His work has been recognized with the 2004 Excellence Award for Educational Programming from the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the 2004 Excellence Award from the University and College Designers Association.

Hradsky holds a doctor of education degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont, and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Loyola College in Maryland.

He replaces Faith Leonard, who retired in July.