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Swag Bender with Dr. Dariel "DT" Henry

Aug 2, 2021

Dr. Shanna L. Howell was named the Dean of the Bristol Community College New Bedford Campus in August 2019 after working as Director of Student Success at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Shanna earned her Bachelor of Science in sociology at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga.; her Master of Science in adult learning and organizational performance from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and her Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership and policy studies, from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

She has held several positions, including, but not limited to the Director of Student Success. During this time, Shanna provided leadership for the implementation of strategies to address degree completion challenges, directed the institution’s tutoring center, the ALT Center, and developed activities related to increasing student success. She was also responsible for creating a comprehensive academic probation program and increasing the usage of the university’s tutoring center, by more than 15 percent.

Shanna has served as a volunteer for the United Way of Central Iowa’s annual Graduation Walk. She has also supported the annual Back 2 School Bash at the John R. Grubb YMCA, in Des Moines, Iowa, that serves and supports underrepresented students, from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. 

Shanna is a Vice-Chair of the United Way of Greater New Bedford Board, a board member for the Our Sister School located in New Bedford, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Turner Free Library as well a member of the Diversity and Race Equity Council (DARE) for the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton.