Frederick Alford was appointed dean of students in July, 2003 after having served as dean for sixteen years at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Alford graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hawthorne College in 1975 and earned a doctorate in education from Harvard University in 1988.
Alford and his staff oversee the residential and social lives of students as well as their academic progress and support. He supervises the departments of Campus Life, Campus Safety, Community Service and Civic Engagement, Counseling, and Health Services. In addition the dean’s office provides academic support, advising; monitors the College’s academic and social standards; advises the College’s fraternities, sororities, and theme houses; and plans Orientation. Alford and his staff are committed to making Trinity a place where students learn about themselves and the world around them both in and out of the classroom and where they develop self-reliance, integrity, and civic responsibility.
Born in New Haven, Alford grew up in Connecticut and currently lives on campus with his wife, Jocelyn. He is the father and father-in-law of two Trinity graduates of the Class of 2004, a younger son who is an artist and teacher, and grandfather of one. Alford can often be seen around campus on his bicycle or with his golf ball-chasing border collie, Chester.