Dean Avison's Bio
Who am I:
Whenever anyone asks me where I am from I say Philadelphia, but in reality this isn’t quite true (though it is a lot easier to say when people aren’t familiar with the lovely Commonwealth of Pennsylvania). I am from Kennett Square, PA a 50- minute drive southwest from the city in a land filled with lots of corn fields and farms. I’ve lived there most of my life except for a short stint in Sao Palo, Brazil as a small child.
Why William & Mary:
It’s ridiculously impossible to put into words how amazing this school is (come on a tour and see for yourself)! Though if I had to try I would say what makes William & Mary is the combination of an amazingly picturesque campus, the longstanding traditions, and the quirky students and professors that challenge you each and every day.
As a freshman at the College, I used to follow around tour guides with a friend and listen to all the silly stories and anecdotes about William & Mary. Of course, I wanted to join this group of students who were exponentially good at walking backwards! After getting involved as a tour guide, I stayed involved as a Senior Interviewer and Spring Intern. From there, it was a natural progression into Admissions. I love the idea of helping to shape the college community that I hold so near and dear.
What's with the photo :
My favorite word is golden. It stems from the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost which is intertwined in the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. One character tells another to stay gold, meaning to keep his youthful and innocent ways. I don’t ever plan on truly and completely growing up and will always try to stay golden.
What do I do for Admission:
I am the regional dean for Pennsylvania, California, as well as the following locations in Virginia: Southwest Virginia, the Southside, the Northern Neck, the Middle Peninsula, and the Eastern Shore. In addition, I also work with out tour guides and applicants to the Saint Andrews Joint Degree Programme. Finally, I am a member of our On Campus Programming board as well as our Marketing and Communication team.
- I have a twin brother who is over 20 minutes older than me.
- I used to be fluent in Portuguese.
- I have been cliff jumping from over 65 feet into water.