Meet Our Associate Dean

Meet our Associate Dean


Lucian Leone has begun his duties as our new Associate Dean. He has taken over following the retirement of Van Edgerton.
Leone was born and raised in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. He was a golf caddy in high school, which led him to a scholarship for the University of Michigan (U of M). After graduating from U of M, he went on to earn two Master's Degrees from Eastern Michigan University. Leone is currently earning his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Michigan State University.

Leone has been involved in higher education for the past 14 years. Before coming to Ferris, he was the Director of Marketing at Lansing Community College. When not working he enjoys playing tennis, golf, and sailing.

One of the reasons Leone wanted to come to Ferris was because it is a university dedicated to helping students get the education and experience they need to be successful in their lives and careers.

“What I love about Ferris is that the focus of the institution is on students’ learning and success, rather than research like at some other institutions. So far I have been impressed by the quality of the faculty, and their commitment to students’ learning,” said Leone.

He would like to see more students studying abroad and completing internships around the world. The International Association for Students of Economics and Commerce (AIESEC) is an organization that he was involved with at U of M and he would like to see a similar program at Ferris.

There are many duties that come along with holding the title of Associate Dean. Some of these include online and off-campus program coordination, assessment of learning, and dealing with technology and building issues. It is important to make sure that students are learning what they should be, and in an appropriate manner.

Leone would like to see more students doing internships, even when not required. He wants students to be as prepared as possible so they can be successful in their lives after graduating from college. He has some advice to offer to students.

“Work really hard in your classes, but understand that an education requires more than just grades. It is important to get involved in activities outside of the classroom, too,” said Leone.

Our Associate Dean would like students to feel free to stop by his office to say hello, e-mail, or call him. He would like to gain an understanding of what it is like to be a student at Ferris. Leone's office is located in the Dean’s Office on the second floor of the College of Business, Room 200. Stop by to introduce yourself and welcome him to the College of Business!

Story by:  Amy Hughes