Office: Eissner Admissions Center
Dean Mendes is an Associate Director of Admissions and the Coordinator of International and Multicultural Recruitment. He has been working in the Skidmore Admissions Office since 2007 and has been in higher education for more than 20 years at seven institutions in various capacities. Dean leads a team of colleagues in Admissions in coordinating diversity programming and outreach as well as international recruiting strategies, travel and the international admissions decision review committee. He is partially responsible for the continued growth in student of color enrollment during his tenure and record international applications and enrollment in recent years. He has recruited internationally in 17 countries on behalf of Skidmore and has presented on the liberal arts colleges in various countries.
Dean holds a master’s degree in educational administration and policy studies from
the State University at Albany and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Fordham
University. In 2015 he was awarded a Fulbright International Education Administrators
Award in Germany, where he studied the higher education systems in Germany and the
EU. He has continued to be involved in the Fulbright program as an application reviewer
for the program in Germany. Dean has served as the Admissions and Financial Aid Office
representative on the Skidmore Committee on Intercultural and Global Understanding
(CIGU) since 2008. He is also a member of the International Association for College
Admissions Counseling and serves on their ad-hoc diversity committee. Throughout his
time at Skidmore, Dean has been a strong supporter of diversity-related issues and
through his work with CIGU has helped to develop policy changes related to that work.
Dean continues to enhance his knowledge in the pedagogy of IGR and group dialogue.
He is particularly interested in the intersection of race and ethnicity.