USAO announces Dawn Brockman as dean of students

Dawn Brockman, dean of students beginning March 12.
Dawn Brockman, dean of students beginning March 12.

The University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma has appointed Dawn Brockman as dean of students beginning March 12. This position will oversee student support services including residential life, student life, student wellness, career services, student conduct and the Student Government Association.

Since 2021 Dawn has served USAO as director of alumni relations and university development as well as teaching as an adjunct professor in Latin.

“Dawn brings a wealth of experience in understanding students’ needs, learning dynamics and educational challenges,” said Sheppard McConnell, vice president for enrollment management and student life. “Couple that with her prior service to USAO, Dawn already has a strong understanding of the university’s culture, values and needs of our students. I am confident that her ability to inspire, motivate and collaborate will undoubtedly contribute to the university's continued success and the overall well-being of our students.”

Brockman’s dedication to public education began after earning her Bachelor of Arts in classics and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. She launched her teaching career at Putnam City North, her alma mater, before transitioning to the Oklahoma State School Boards Association as a staff attorney. After leaving OSSBA, she continued her journey as a teacher with over 20 years in the classroom, including 14 years at Norman High School where she also served as Student Congress advisor. Brockman’s commitment to inclusive leadership led her to the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils, where she served as executive director, mentoring and advising students, teachers and schools statewide.

"I'm thrilled to step into the role of Dean of Students at USAO," said Brockman. "Having spent years in the classroom and working closely with students, this opportunity feels like coming home. My heart is truly in education, and I'm genuinely excited to embark on this journey of supporting and nurturing every student's growth, both academically and personally."

Brockman and her husband Scott, reside in Norman. Together, they have two children, a daughter who is currently in college, and a son who is a junior in high school in Norman.

About the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma 

As Oklahoma’s liberal arts college, the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma provides a distinctive education in the liberal arts and sciences, supporting both its interdisciplinary core curriculum and major fields of study with superior teaching. USAO fosters diversity of thought and practice to help students realize meaningful, purposeful and productive lives as global citizens in a rapidly changing world.