Nichols names Alex Cross Dean of Students

May 16, 2024
Alex Cross headshot

DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College President Bill Pieczynski has announced the appointment of Alex Cross as dean of students, effective July 1, 2024. He is coming to Nichols from American International College (AIC) in Springfield, Mass., where he serves as dean of student success and Title IX coordinator.   

“Alex has an extensive background in managing a diverse portfolio of student life functions as well as in leading initiatives that drive student success and equity,” said Pieczynski. “I look forward to working with him as a member of my cabinet as we continue to shape an exemplary learning and living environment focused on student engagement, retention, wellbeing and success.”

Prior to his current role at AIC, where he leads student success and retention initiatives, Cross served as both dean of students and associate dean of students at AIC, where he has worked since 2014. Through these roles, he led the student life team and managed student functions such as residence life, diversity education, student orientation and campus recreation, and he led strategic planning processes and established success metrics, among other projects. Before arriving at AIC, he served at Merrimack College, Eastern Connecticut State University and Fort Lewis College, including in directorial roles in residence life.

“I am excited to join Nichols College as the new dean of students,” said Cross. “This opportunity allows me to bring my experience working in student development and my commitment to fostering an inclusive, supportive and engaging campus environment to Nichols. I look forward to working with the dedicated staff and faculty to enhance student life and success, ensuring that every student has the resources and support they need to thrive. Nichols College’s dedication to student-centered strategies aligns with my vision for a vibrant, dynamic and supportive student affairs program. I am excited to be a part of this journey and to contribute to the continued success and growth of Nichols College.”

A resident of Springfield, Mass., Cross earned a B.A. in history and a second B.A. in political science at Eastern Connecticut State University and an M.Ed. in leadership and organizational development at Merrimack College. He is pursuing an Ed.D. in educational supervision and leadership at AIC.

(Pictured in story photo: Alex Cross)

About Nichols College

Nichols College has earned business accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools and the largest business education network connecting learners, educators, and businesses worldwide. Founded in 1815, Nichols College transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education. Nichols offers real-world learning focused on professional depth – combined with vibrant living, competitive athletics, and an unmatched alumni advantage – equipping students to exceed their own expectations.

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