Associate Dean of Students
Valeria Beasley Ross has been a part of the University of Mississippi community as a student, alumna, and staff member for more than twenty years. She currently serves as the Associate Dean of Students. Prior to this position, Valeria served in several other roles and capacities in the Office of Dean of Students. Most recently she served as Assistant Dean of Students for Multicultural Affairs and Volunteer Services. Her educational achievement includes a Bachelor of Social Science, a Bachelor of Public Administration, and a Master of Social Science with a minor in African American Studies all from the University of Mississippi. She is on track to complete her doctoral degree in higher education from The University of Mississippi in the 2015 Fall Semester. Valeria’s research interests include persistence and retention models for student communities; student crisis response, bias response, university crisis response, customer service, cultural competence, civic engagement, social justice, and matters related to gender and the intersection of race and gender. Valeria is additionally an alumnae member of the AmeriCorps Organization, and she has completed certification for NASPA's Mid Manager's Institute and Encore's Cultural Competence Training.
J. Coulter Ward
Assistant Dean of Students for Student Involvement
Coulter graduated from Butler University (BU) with a degree in Communication Studies. At BU, Coulter played baseball and was an active member of his fraternity Delta Tau Delta. He earned his Master’s Degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel from The University of Mississippi. After he received his degree from Ole Miss Coulter worked for his alma mater as an academic advisor and worked closely with his fraternity's national headquarters. Currently Coulter is excited to call Oxford and the University of Mississippi home and looks forward to what the future entails.
Norris "EJ" Edney III
Coordinator of Greek Affairs
Norris “EJ” Edney III is the Coordinator of Greek Affairs for the National Pan-Hellenic Council. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and minors in chemistry and psychology. While there, he was Assistant District Director of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, an executive cabinet member of the Black Student Union, President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Class Senator for the Ole Miss Women’s Council Scholarship, and an executive cabinet member of Increasing Minority Access to Graduate Education. In May 2013 he graduated once more from the University of Mississippi with a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Student Personnel. While earning that degree he worked as a graduate assistant in the University of Mississippi Graduate School and the Office of the Dean of Students-Ole Miss as the graduate assistant for the National Pan-Hellenic Council. EJ is committed to student advocacy and the professional and personal development of the students with which he works.
Jenell Bukky Lanski
Coordinator of Greek Affairs
Jenell Bukky Lanski is a Coordinator of Greek Affairs in the Office of Dean of Students at the University of Mississippi. She directly advises the InterFraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council. She earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Human Development from California State University, San Bernardino and a Master of Science in Education, concentration in Higher Education, from California State University, Fullerton. Jenell brings experience as a two year consultant for her Panhellenic sorority, alumnae recruitment advisor, alumnae association president, and most recently as the Assistant Coordinator for Greek Life at California State University, Fullerton as the direct advisor to the Multi-Cultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA), and the Order of Omega Honor Society.