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Debbie Heida


Interim Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Student Wellness Center
Durham, NC 27708

Many of you have already seen Interim Dean of Students and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Debbie Heida around campus. With a wealth of leadership experience and a deep commitment to supporting students, Dean Heida will serve as Interim Dean for the remainder of this academic year, ensuring our support for the well-being and growth of our students remains constant.

Dean Heida brings with her more than four decades of experience in higher education. She held the role of Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Berry College for 14 years. Her impactful leadership and dedication to student development have earned her one of the field’s highest honors, NASPA’s Pillar of the Profession award.

Since arriving on campus, Dean Heida has been actively engaging with students and is enthusiastic about continuing to get to know our campus community. If you would like to meet with Dean Heida, please contact Aretha Burford Cooper for more information.

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity we all have to learn from Dean Heida’s leadership, and I hope you join me in giving her a warm welcome to campus!

As we progress in our national search for a permanent Dean of Students your insights and contributions will be invaluable. We will keep you informed and will invite you to share your input in the process.”