W. Marichal Gentry

The University of the South, Sewanee
Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students
W. Marichal Gentry is the Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students at The University of the South, Sewanee.  He was appointed to this position in July,2015.

Prior to becoming Vice President and Dean of Students at Sewanee, Dean Gentry served at Yale University as the Associate Vice President for Student Life and Senior Associate Dean of Yale College. He came to Yale in 2007 from Middlebury College, where, for eight years, he served as the Associate Dean of the College, Acting Dean of Students Affairs, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, and Acting Registrar.

Before returning to higher education, Dean Gentry worked in Consumer Banking for what is now known as Well Fargo. For six years he counseled young children and families undergoing treatment at Duke University’s Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program.

Dean Gentry has served on several advisory boards, including the international advisory board for Student Affairs at the University of Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. He currently is a board member for the 100 Men in Black Gospel Chorus, Inc. of the Research Triangle area in North Carolina.

Dean Gentry has been awarded several honors for his work with young people and for his service in the field of higher education. Recently, one of Dean Gentry’s students whom he selected for a full scholarship at Middlebury and to whom he has been a mentor in the Nationally recognized Posse Program, was hired as the General Manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dean Gentry couldn’t be prouder of his mentee, as well as countless other students he’s advised and counseled who now are changing the world.

Dean Gentry is a 1986 graduate of the University of the South at Sewanee, where he earned a B.A. in Social Science/Foreign Language (Political Science/French). He went on to earn a Master of Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1994), focusing on Families and Children.

Dean Gentry also has earned a certificate of completion from the Institute of European Studies in Paris, France (1985), and two certificates of completion from Harvard University’s Institute for Higher Education: The Management Development Program (2006), and the Institute for Management in Leadership in Education (2012).

In his spare time, Dean Gentry enjoys listening to music, writing, storytelling, documentary filmmaking, and watching college basketball.