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New Dean of Students Named

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Vice President for Student Affairs and General Counsel William Kirk announced today that Julie Cosden has been promoted to the role of Dean of Students within Ave Maria University’s Division of Student Affairs. 

For the last five years, Cosden has served Ave Maria as Director of Student Life, responsible for the administration and oversight of virtually all student events and activities on campus, including various campus-wide concerts, lectures, weekly series and programming, and other social events.  Her responsibilities have included the management of more than fifty student organizations on campus, including the Student Government Association and the Student Activities Board.  While retaining her current responsibilities as Director of Student Life, in her role as Dean of Students, Julie will now manage several of the administrative facets of Campus Ministry, Intramural Athletics, the Rome Study Abroad Program, and Counseling Services.  As Dean of Students, Julie will be primarily responsible for meeting and responding to student needs outside the classroom and will also assist the Office of Residence Life and Housing in the administration of the student disciplinary processes.


Cosden came to Ave Maria in the summer of 2005, when she began working as a Residence Hall Director at the Interim Campus in Naples.  After working in Residence Life for two years, Julie worked for Admissions before moving back to the Division of Student Affairs as the Director of Student Life in 2008.  Last year, in addition to her role as Director of Student Life, Julie assumed the responsibilities of the Interim Director of Housing and Residence Life.  Originally from Philadelphia, Julie received her Bachelor of Science in Finance from The Catholic University of America in 2003 and has completed all of her required coursework for a Master’s Degree in Systematic Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, with hopes to graduate in May 2014.