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From Erik Carlson - Interim Academic Dean

Erik Carlson will fill in for Dean of Academics and Faculty, Jean-Paul Ouellette, while awaiting the arrival of our new Assistant Head of Academics, Ms.Saya Okimoto McKenna.
I am pleased to join Drew as the Interim Academic Dean for the remainder of the school year. I have been a Head of School and Senior Administrator in Bay Area independent schools for over twenty years. In that time, I have done professional development with Drew School faculty and administrators and counseled students and families toward Drew School. Over the course of my career, I have gravitated to more student-centered, project-infused school programs, and I feel aligned with Drew's mission and culture.
I am thankful for the last two weeks when I have been able to spend considerable time with Dean of Academics and Faculty, Jean-Paul Ouellette, who has oriented me to the systems and priorities of the position. Drew faculty, staff, administration, and students have been generously welcoming. I look forward to contributing to faculty and program excellence through my primary responsibilities of hiring and supporting the Department Chairs.

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