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Brandon Dawson


Brandon Dawson is the Dean of Student Life of Elmira College in Southern New York. With thirteen years of experience in the field of higher education, Brandon brings with him knowledge and skills to manage and implement services and activities around student conduct and crisis management.  Brandon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Law and Justice, from the State University of New York College at Cortland and Masters in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville College. Brandon has served in numerous leadership roles including Vice President of Student Affairs at Endicott College and the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs at Manhattanville College. Brandon has certifications in BASICS, Clery Compliance from the Clery Center, Sexual Assault Investigator Training from Boston University and is active member of various Student Affairs National Organizations. Alongside his professional roles, Brandon is recognized as an expert in campus safety and student conduct. He has presented regionally and nationally on both topics and been hired by colleges to speak on topics related to student safety.  

•    Clery Compliance, The Clery Center 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
•    Sexual Assault Investigator Training, Boston University, October 2011
•    Red Watch Band Trainer, SUNY Stony Brook, November 2009
•    Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, December 2007

•    Administrator of the Year, Manhattanville College, May 2007 and May 2011                    
•    Yearbook Dedicated by Senior Class, Manhattanville College, May 2011

•    American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
•    National Association of College Personnel Administrators (NASPA)    
•    National Orientation Directors Association (NODA)
•    New England Resource Center for Higher Education Student Affairs Think Tank
•    Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA)
•    Co-Chair Westchester County College Consortium on Alcohol and Other Drug

•    NYS Steering Committee for the College Consortium on Alcohol and Other Drugs

  • Board Member- Scholarship Trust for Addiction Recovery, Inc.