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Tasia Davis joins Bill Gotch as dean of students

Tasia Davis will join SI in the fall to serve as dean alongside Bill Gotch. SI Principal Patrick Ruff made the announcement in May, praising Davis and thanking Michelle Levine, who is leaving the Deans’ Office to serve as director of the Counseling Department. Levine and Gotch have served as deans of students since 2008, when Brother Douglas Draper, S.J., and Karen Cota stepped down as deans.

Davis served as the dean of students at Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco from 2012 to 2016 before leaving to become a Stanford University administrator.

“Tasia will be a wonderful addition to the SI community,” said Ruff. “At ICA, she educated students and families in a way that combined ministry and education to ensure that everyone was on the same page regarding what the school expected of its students. She also maintained the school’s culture and resolved discipline issues in a fair and thoughtful manner. I know she will do the same at SI.”

Tasia is a former Division I soccer player and a graduate of Long Island University in Brooklyn, where she received an MBA and bachelor’s degrees in business management and marketing. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in psychology.

Davis left ICA for Stanford in 2016 to serve as the assistant director of Youth Programs, where she developed new camps and clinics for youth in the community. She also assisted with Competitive Sports, working with 30 of the university’s club teams and coaches. Her previous experience at Stanford included serving as the GOALS site director in 2012, presiding over and coaching sports programs for a research study on childhood obesity and underprivileged youth. She also served as a volunteer assistant for the track & field team and women’s soccer team at Long Island University. In her many roles at ICA, Davis was also the head track and field coach and head JV basketball coach.

“Tasia’s colleagues at ICA sang her praises to us during the interview process,” added Ruff. “They made sure we knew how professional and dedicated she was there. They echoed what we saw for ourselves — that she was a dean noted for being firm but fair, professional and present, caring and compassionate. Just as I welcome Tasia to the SI family, I want to thank Michelle for her years of service to our students in her role in the Deans’ Office. Her move to the Counseling Department is a homecoming for her, as she began her role at SI as a counselor in 1995.”

Posted by Mr. Paul J. Totah on Tuesday June 27
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