Dean of Students - SBS & CAS

The Dean of Students/Student Affairs Office works closely with undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and Sawyer Business School (SBS).

Dr. Ann Coyne, BS ‘82, Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

Ann Coyne joined the Division of Student Affairs in 2006, and serves as the Dean of Students. She plays a pivotal role in the creation of transformative and engaging experiences for Suffolk students. As a student advocate, Dean Coyne supports the development of on and off-campus partnerships and ensures programs and policies promote a safe, engaging and inclusive campus climate that facilitates students' successful navigation of campus life.

Dean Coyne earned a BS ’82 in Communications and Speech from Suffolk, a MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College and an Ed.D. in Educational Policy, Research and Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has held leadership positions at Stonehill College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Fitchburg State College, Endicott College and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

Shawn Newton, Associate Dean of Students

Serving as the Associate Dean of Students, Shawn Newton joined the Ram family in 2016. With over 20 years of experience in higher education administration, he currently works with a dynamic team of individuals and provides strategic leadership to the office of Student Affairs. Dean Newton works closely with our engagement and leadership areas including Campus Ministry, the Center for Community Engagement, the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, Community Standards, the Performing Arts Office, Off-Campus Housing Office, Orientation & New Student Programs, Student Leadership & Involvement and Veteran Services. Additionally, he has an extensive background in conflict resolution, emergency preparedness, crisis management and Title IX.

Dean Newton earned a BS in Criminal Justice from Salem State University, a MS in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and is currently enrolled at the University of Southern California where he is working on his doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership in the Rossier School of Education.

Danelle Berube, Assistant Dean of Students

Dean Berube’s goal is to help Suffolk students be successful. This work includes supporting students in navigating university systems, assisting students in creating effective road maps for tackling challenges in their college experience and connecting students with helpful resources. In her role as Assistant Dean, she also oversees the Community Standards process and serves as Chief Conduct Officer. Her professional background includes significant experience in case management, conflict resolution, emergency management, sexual violence and Title IX, as well as supporting LGBTQA+ identities.

Amanda L. McGrath, Director of Student Outreach and Support

Amanda McGrath is the Director of Student Outreach & Support where her primary role is to provide strategic leadership and oversight for the University’s CARE Team, provide non-clinical case management, and provide food/housing insecurity resource management for students. Amanda is a champion advocate for students experiencing extenuating circumstances impacting their academic success and retention. Prior to her role at Suffolk, Amanda worked at Bryant University in Residence Life & Housing and Campus Engagement & Orientation Amanda earned her undergraduate degree from Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts and her Master’s Degree in College Student Development & Counseling from Northeastern University in Boston. Currently enrolled in Johnson & Wales Ed.D program, Amanda hopes to learn and develop innovative ways to continue to be a chief advocacy officer for students. In her spare time, she enjoys road cycling and spending time with her partner and son.

Janelle Grady, Assistant Director of Student Outreach and Support

Janelle Grady is the Assistant Director of Student Outreach & Support. As a member of the CARE team, Janelle supports students who are experiencing personal or academic challenges impacting their success while attending Suffolk University. Additionally, Janelle oversees the daily operations of the Suffolk CARES Pantry. Prior to joining the Suffolk University community, Janelle worked at Boston College, Academy of Art University, Salem State University, and Stony Brook University in the areas of Residence Life, Diversity and Inclusion, Student Conduct, and Orientation. Janelle earned a Master of Education in Higher Education in Student Affairs from Salem State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science at Merrimack College. While living in San Francisco, Janelle earned a Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from San Francisco Community Boards. During free time, Janelle enjoys traveling, yoga, reading, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family.


Contact us if:

  • You have a question, concern, or problem and you are unsure where to go, or with whom to speak.
  • You are concerned about a student for any reason.
  • You will be out of class for a week or longer. You must also contact your instructors.
  • You have a problem that you need help resolving.
  • You are applying to graduate school or are transferring to another institution and need a letter of good standing or a dean's certification.
  • You are considering taking a leave of absence or withdrawing from the University.
  • You received a notice to appear from a dean to attend an administrative hearing for an alleged violation of the Community Standards.
  • You have a suggestion or idea about improving student life and would like to talk about it.

We'd love to hear from you!

Student Affairs Office Information

Dean of Students/Student Affairs
73 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108

Monday – Friday, 8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.