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Brian Matzke, M.M.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Phone: (616) 632-2073


Brian Matzke is a two time graduate of Aquinas College. He received his B.S.B.A. in 1997 and his Masters of Management in 2002. Brian’s professional experience began in the public relations department for the now defunct Grand Rapids Mackers professional basketball team. Brian’s administrative tenure at Aquinas began in January of 1997 when he was hired by the admissions office. In May of 2000, he left his position as Associate Director of Admissions to come to the Provost Office. After ten years in Academic Operations including time spent overseeing summer school, ITS, the Registrar and Academic Advising, Brian was appointed as Dean of Student Services. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Brian has spent six years teaching in the Communication and Inquiry and Expression programs and has earned status an Adjunct Assistant Professor. He has served as the Chair as well as the Vice-chair of the staff assembly. He is married and has two children.



Jennifer R. Dawson, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Phone: (616) 632-2828


Jennifer Dawson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, earned her B.A. in English from the University of Michigan, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University with an emphasis on Early American Literature and Victorian Studies. She taught at Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University before joining Aquinas College's faculty in 2001. While her main area of scholarly interest is American Literature and culture before 1900, her academic passions include studying women writers, conduct manuals, periodical literature, captivity narratives, letter writing and all aspects of cultural history. In 2008 and 2011, she applied her background in Irish Literature and History to co-directing the AQ Ireland program. Over the years, she has been active in Student Affairs: co-chairing the President's Academic Integrity Committee in 2007 and helping with the Common Reading Program which she began chairing in 2010. Being appointed Associate Dean of Student Affairs in 2011 formalized this commitment to fostering student development and promoting academic integrity. Currently, Dawson balances her schedule between teaching and working in the Dean of Students Office. Off campus, she is an avid reader, an ardent organic gardener, and a busy mother of two very active children who share her dream of returning to Ireland.
Dee Wagner


Dee Wagner
Secretary to Dean of Students
Phone: (616) 632-2171

Dee Wagner started at Aquinas in 1976 and currently serves as secretary to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. Dee has served 7 years as Executive Secretary of the Staff Assembly. Recently she received the Staff Customer Service Award by the Aquinas College Student Body. Dee is a proud parent of a 2009 Aquinas graduate and has a son currently attending Aquinas.