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House Assistant Dean

The House Assistant Dean (HAD) serves on a team responsible for developing, optimizing, and implementing operational policies and procedures for the West Campus House System in cooperation with other units and departments that support the West Campus House System. The HAD works in close partnership with the House Professor-Dean to realize the House mission. The HAD works to advance the educational mission of the West Campus House System through effective partnerships with faculty, University departments, and community organizations, and s/he directs the multiple functions of one House within the West Campus House System.

Aaron King


Aaron King
House Assistant Dean
145 Keeton House
607-255-3401

Aaron has a decade of experience supporting a range of college residential learning communities. Prior to Cornell Big Red, his academic and professional journey has been filled with many other colors (i.e., NYU Violets, Stanford Cardinal, & Harvard Crimson) and animals, including a full Wizard of Oz journey (i.e., Mount Holyoke Lyons, Princeton Tigers, & Central Arkansas Bears) – oh my! He holds an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology, an M.A. in Higher Education Administration, and a B.S. in Psychology.

His research and professional interests include social and organizational psychology in educational contexts, perspective taking, identity development (including multiracial and transracial adoptee experiences), intergroup dialogue, and college access and inclusion. Aaron’s enjoyment of new experiences and challenges has led him to run marathons and obstacle races, dabble in bodybuilding, and make flaming volcanoes and toss food as a teppanyaki chef. He completed his first sprint first triathlon last year with a philosophy to try things we aren’t necessarily good at because we might enjoy it, we can meet new people, and we can only get better from there!

Outside of the office, you might catch him cheering on Big Red, playing basketball or working on his fitness in Noyes, attending a lecture, running throughout the finger lakes area, at a thrift shop (always on the lookout for a thrift shop find!), or with his wife and two young daughters in Keeton House or in the greater Cornell and Ithaca community.

Aaron looks forward to meeting and hearing more about your story, so stop by the office to chat or feel free to join the family in Keeton dining.