The University of Mississippi is a community of learning dedicated to nurturing excellence in intellectual inquiry and personal character in an open and diverse environment. As a voluntary member of this community:
I believe in respect for the dignity of each person
I believe in fairness and civility
I believe in personal and professional integrity
I believe in academic honesty I believe in academic freedom
I believe in good stewardship of our resources
I pledge to uphold these values and encourage others to follow my example.
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 NCORE's Cultural Competence Training.
Assistant Dean of Students for Fraternity and Sorority Life
Tony joined the Ole Miss family in January of 2015 as the Assistant Dean of Students for Fraternity and Sorority Life. As such, Tony is responsible for the overall operations of the fraternity and sorority community. Tony also oversees the management and delivery of educational curriculum, strategic planning and growth, and directs the day-to-day operations of the community. Tony works collaboratively with the two Coordinators of Fraternity and Sorority Life as well as multiple Graduate Assistants who provide support and advisement to our Councils, Chapters and our affiliated men and women. Additionally, Tony serves as a member of the Crisis Response Team for the Division of Student Affairs. Tony received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies as well as Sociology from Indiana State University. He went on to earn his Master of Science in Education with a focus on Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana State University. Tony has worked at both private and public institutions and as a fraternal organization staff member during his career supporting the fraternal movement and the advancement of higher education. Tony’s professional interests include professional preparation within the field of higher education, curriculum development and instructional design and delivery, as well as organizational effectiveness and higher education consulting.
Assistant Dean of Students for Leadership & Involvement
Kacey joined the Ole Miss family as the Assistant Dean of Students for Leadership and Involvement in May 2015. Kacey's responsibilities include planning and implementing leadership development programs and events, registering student organizations and student events, and promoting civic engagement opportunities. Prior to this role, Kacey served as the Assistant Director of Student Life at the University of Alabama in Huntsville for almost four years. Throughout her time in that role, Kacey advised leadership programs and planned their Week of Welcome and Homecoming events. Kacey received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from Kent State University. She has a passion for leadership development and women’s empowerment, and hopes to contribute to research in these areas in the future.
Coordinator for Student Affairs/Fraternity and Sorority Life
Alexa Lee Arndt is a Coordinator of Greek Affairs in the Office of Dean of Students at the University of Mississippi. She earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Studies and Public Affairs and minors in Political Science and Leadership Studies from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University. Alexa brings experience as a volunteer for her national organization, a student organization conduct board advisor, an NPC intern, and alumnae association member.