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Clay Adams, Vice Dean of Students


A Chesapeake, Virginia native, Clay serves as the Vice Dean of Students at Duke University. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, a B.S. in Business Management, and a M.A. Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He most recently earned his Masters of Business Administration from North Carolina Central University. Clay directs all parent and family programs, student veteran initiatives, oversees the Student Affairs crisis response and risk mitigation teams as well as off-campus student response, and co-convenes the Council on Graduate and Professional Student Affairs. Additionally, he works with New Student Communications, and as the Division liaison to various constituencies. In his free time, Clay can be found enjoying time with his family or training for endurance sports.

Grace Sullivan, Student Development Coordinator


Grace is a Student Development Coordinator within the Dean of Students Office. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. After graduating, Grace worked as an admission counselor at her alma mater before pursuing her M.Ed in Higher Education Administration & Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. In addition to working with Duke parent and family initiatives, Grace also supports student veteran programming and advocacy on campus. In her free time, Grace enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time outside.

Evan Heisman, Administrative Assistant


Evan is an administrative assistant within the Dean of Students Office. He provides comprehensive administrative support for the Dean of Students Office and ensures that work performed for the Dean of Students, Vice Deans, and other senior leadership meets the needs of the university and showcases program excellence. He earned a B.A. in communication from Juniata College and a M.S. in management with a public relations specialization from the University of Maryland University College. Before joining the Dean of Students Office, Evan worked in the Student Support Services office at MIT where he provided academic and personal support to undergraduates. A native of Maryland, Evan enjoys being on or around water and can also be found attending many of the Duke Athletics competitions. 

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