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Caledonia native named MUW Dean of Students


Sirena Cantrell

Sirena Cantrell



Sarah Fowler



A Caledonia native has been named the new Dean of Students at Mississippi University for Women. 


Sirena Cantrell will become the new dean of students July 1, according to a press release issued by the college. Cantrell was selected for the position following a nationwide search. 


According to the release, as dean of students, Cantrell will report to the vice president for student affairs. She will lead the offices of dean of students, international student services, housing and residence life, campus recreation and student conduct. Cantrell also will serve as coordinator of the university's Behavioral Intervention Team. 


Cantrell expressed her excitement for the new position and the opportunity to work with recruiting new students to The W. 


"I am very excited to serve the campus community in the role of dean of students," she said. "This position will allow me the opportunity to work with recruitment and retention efforts on campus in order to enhance the overall W student experience."  


Cantrell has served as interim dean of students since September 2013 when the position was created. She also served as director of housing and residence life for five years.  


Cantrell previously worked at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for six years in various roles including residence hall director, camp/conferences staff assistant and Junior Warhawk outreach coordinator, the release said. 


Cantrell is expected to complete her doctorate of philosophy in counselor education with an emphasis in student affairs from Mississippi State University in August 2015. She also holds a master of science in counselor education from MSU. Cantrell earned her bachelor of arts with a concentration in psychology from Millsaps College and associate of arts with a concentration in behavioral science from East Mississippi Community College.


Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.



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