Class Deans

Colby succeeds when our students thrive. Stellar advising is an important foundation.The mission of the Dean of Studies Office is to facilitate student success through collaborations with campus partners that promote student development and support academic achievement.

Class Deans specialize in the unique experiences of each class year, collaborating closely with every office on campus to connect students to Colby’s robust collection of resources, opportunities and mentors; to share timely and accurate information and guidance around administrative policies and processes; to provide holistic support to students experiencing challenges that impact their academics; and to contribute directly to student growth and self-knowledge in the fundamental areas of Learning, Scholarship, Engagement, Leadership, and Wellness.

Helpfully placed to assist students with processing and finding solutions to their unique challenges, and with insight into many facets of the student academic experience, Class Deans also design and partner in strategic programming to address common challenges that impact students across their four years at Colby.

Please make an appointment with your Class Dean by calling 207-859-4560 or drop in to visit us in Eustis 107 to discuss any questions or concerns, brainstorm options, or think strategically about your academic and future planning.

Meet the Class Deans

Steve Moran, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Dean of Studies Office

Dean Steve Moran

Steve Moran serves as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Dean of Studies Office on Mayflower Hill. He is a resource for any questions regarding academic success or general concerns related to the first year experience. Dean Moran believes the transition to Colby is a time filled with great energy and change. He is excited to meet with students and help navigate that journey. This includes providing support when they face challenges and being present to celebrate their successes.

Before working at Colby College, Dean Moran worked at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. There he was the Director of Student Leadership and Engagement, overseeing new-student orientation, all student organizations, and student governance. Dean Moran actively taught a number of first-year transition and leadership courses at his previous institution. He also served as a member of the on-call rotation and as a Title IX investigator. This diverse array of student life experience helps him support first year students through their transition to college life.

Dean Moran loves being a part of the Colby community. He lives in Waterville with his wife, two young children, and Labrador Retriever. He graduated with a B.A. in political science from the University of Maine and subsequently completed his M.Ed. in higher education administration at the University of Maine.

Dean Moran can be reached via email at or by visiting the Dean of Studies Office in Eustis.


Ray Grant, Class Dean for First-Year Students and Programs

Dean Ray Grant

Ray Grant has worked in higher education for over fifteen years in the areas of advising, academic affairs, and student support services. Most recently, he worked at DePaul University in Chicago where he was responsible for the strategic planning, implementation, and assessment of co-curricular programs to support student success and retention. Ray also directed the advising program and provided leadership in developing strategies such as mentoring opportunities to foster the academic, professional, and personal success of at-risk and first-generation college students. He was a student conduct advisor and served on the board of the Academic Integrity Committee.

Dean Grant’s favorite hobbies are playing chess (he was a former junior chess champion) and global exploration. He has traveled worldwide to many countries including China, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Morocco, Argentina, and others throughout Europe and the Caribbean.

Dean Grant earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Science in Urban Affairs both from Hunter College of the City University of New York, as well as a Doctorate of Education focused on Educational Leadership from DePaul University. His email address is:

Heather Pena, Class Dean for Sophomore Students and Programs

Dean Heather Pena
Heather Pena serves as the Class Dean for Sophomore Students at Colby College. Dean Pena spent 12 years as a Research Instruction Librarian and Information Services Director at numerous institutions including UC Berkeley, New England School of Law and Regis College. At Regis College and UC Berkeley, she actively taught research instruction and methodology to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in a variety of academic disciplines and implemented successful student mentorship programs empowering the professional, personal and academic student growth experience. As a mentor and advocate, Dean Pena is excited to share her passion in embracing the vibrancy of on-campus life and furthering student academic success via support, guidance and collaborative mentorship to the Sophomore Class at Colby College. She graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy at Trinity College and holds an MLIS from San Jose State University.

Dean Pena is also an inn owner and yoga instructor in the Belgrade Lakes Region and enjoys paddleboarding on Great Pond and hiking the Kennebec Valley with her family and two dogs.

Dean Pena can be reached via email at or by visiting the Dean of Studies Office in Eustis.

Chanda Long, Class Dean for Junior and Senior Students and Programs

Dean Chanda Long

Chanda Long comes to Colby College from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. At SMU she was the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs for Special Programming with the Simmons School of Education & Human Development, as well as a Program Administrator for Student Success under the Provost’s Office for the Rotunda Academic Scholars Program. During this time, Dean Long cultivated her interest in supporting students in reaching their personal and academic goals. At Colby she brings her enthusiasm to support Juniors and Seniors as they transition into their post-college lives through individual coaching and supporting campus wide programming.

Not a stranger to cold weather, Dean Long hails originally from Detroit, Michigan, bringing knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the Office of the Dean of Studies and the Colby community.

Dean Long can be reached at or by visiting the Dean of Studies Office in Eustis.