Tamara Futrell Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement and Dean of Seniors

Tamara Futrell

Elrod Commons 243

Tamara Futrell was appointed Assistant Dean of Students in July 2003 and Associate Dean of Students in July 2006. She has over 14 years of professional experience in the field of Higher Education and Student Affairs with expertise in diversity and inclusion issues, Black Greek Life, leadership development, new student orientation, sophomore programs, residential life and facilities management, staff management and student development.

Prior to her arrival at Washington and Lee University, Dean Futrell served as an area coordinator and the director of first-year and sophomore programs at Hollins University. While at Hollins, she was instrumental in restructuring the residential life program and wrote the curriculum for the university's inaugural resident assistant class. In addition, she developed programs and initiatives geared towards the retention and leadership development of first-year and sophomore students.

Dean Futrell was born and reared in Newport News, Va. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., in 1994. She continued her education at Longwood College (University) in Farmville, Va., where she received a Master of Science degree in Education with a concentration in Community and College Counseling in 1996. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the Higher Education Program at Virginia Tech.

Having a breadth of knowledge in housing, residential life, leadership and student development, she had facilitated over 100 presentations, workshops and classes related to the transitional issues of freshmen and sophomores, residential life, leadership development, peer mentoring and black Greek life.