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Dean College Leadership

Led by Dean College President Dr. Paula M. Rooney, the senior management team is responsible for leading Dean College in successfully implementing its Mission.  

With close to 100 years in higher education and over 50 years of service at Dean College, the senior team owns a rich history of spreading The Dean Difference to thousands of students.

Dr. Paula M. Rooney Gregg Chalk | Cindy Kozil | Darrell Kulesza 

Daniel Modelane | Coleen Resnick Dr. Kathleen Vranos

 Dr. Paula M. Rooney

Dr. Paula M. Rooney was named the 13th president of Dean College in 1995.  Guided by her visionary leadership, Dean College has achieved exceptional growth over the last two decades and experienced unprecedented success in enrollment, reputation and financial stability. 

Academically, Dean has been ranked as a Best Regional College – North by U.S. News & World Report for six consecutive years while ranking in the North Region for Best Value School. Dean earned National recognition as a College of Distinction

Dr. Rooney continues to work diligently to improve the College and support Dean’s national recognition for The Dean Difference – the College’s distinct model for student success with highlights that include a 96% baccalaureate degree job placement/graduate school rate and a 98% associate degree transfer acceptance rate. 


Dr. Rooney was the vice president for student affairs at Babson College. She formerly held senior academic and administrative appointments at Reed College, Colgate University and Indiana University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Framingham State College and both a master’s degree and doctorate degree from Indiana University.

Gregg Chalk, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development

 Gregg Chalk

Gregg has 20 years of marketing, strategic planning and partnership development experience serving in management roles for companies such as Reebok, Staples and Collette Vacations.

Gregg’s history in the private sector has centered on identifying strategic opportunities and delivering sales and marketing results for organizations focused on consumer goods, higher education, online learning and the service industry.


Cindy T. Kozil, Vice President, Enrollment and Retention

 Cindy T. Kozil

Cindy has over 30 years of Higher Education experience serving in a variety of roles at Eastern Illinois University, Western New England College and Dean College.

Cindy is currently responsible for overseeing the areas of Admissions, Robbins Family Center for Advising & Career Planning, Morton Family Learning Center, Residence Life, Student Conduct & Community Standards, Student Activities & Leadership Development, New Student Orientation, Dining Services, and Health & Counseling Services. She has been active in NASPA, NODA, NACA and Delta Zeta and has served her community as a board member for the Hockomock YMCA and the Franklin Downtown Partnership.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from The University of Connecticut, a Master of Science in education from Eastern Illinois University, and a certificate in human resource management from Dean College. She is a recipient of the NASPA Region I Institutional Leadership Award and was named an Honorary Alumna at Dean College.

Darrell Kulesza, Vice President, Information Technology and CIO

 Darrell Kulesza


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Daniel Modelane, Vice President, Financial Services and Treasurer

 Daniel Modelane

Dan has held various senior level positions in manufacturing and telecommunications companies. He began his career in the Finance Career Development program at Data General.


Coleen Resnick, Vice President, Institutional Advancement

 Coleen Resnick

After working in corporate direct marketing in NYC and CT, Coleen

As the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Coleen oversees leadership giving, annual giving, planned giving, alumni relations, stewardship, advancement services, special events, publishing of the print and electronic Dean Magazine, and corporation and foundation giving. Coleen is active at her children's schools and at her alma mater, Fairfield University.

Dr. Kathleen M. Vranos, Vice President, Academic Affairs

Kathleen Vranos

Dr. Vranos

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Dr. Vranos earned her Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University, M.S. in advertising from Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, and B.A. in English/communications from Boston College.