A Farewell from Dean Silverman

May 8, 2017

My Dearest Morsels,

I write to let you know that I have accepted an offer to become the Director of Academic and Educational Affairs for Yale College. Consequently, I will step down as the Dean of Morse College at the end of this academic year.

This position presents an extraordinary opportunity at an exciting time in the history of Yale College. In this role, I will partner with the Dean of Academic Affairs to provide strategic leadership to the Office of Academic Affairs. I will be working especially closely with the 14 residential college deans and their senior administrative assistants to ensure equity, balance, and efficiency in the application of the academic regulations across the colleges.

As thrilled as I am to be taking on this new responsibility, I’ll confess to being sad about leaving the college that Alba, Noah, and I have called home for the past 10 years. During this time, I’ve gotten to know some 1,500 Morse students: those students, along with the physical space that is Morse, loom large in my memory and in my affection.

During these years, I’ve been fortunate to have partnered with three outstanding scholars and leaders: Frank Keil, Amy Hungerford, and Catherine Panter-Brick. All three welcomed us into their families and their hearts, and each has made an indelible mark on Morse, working tirelessly to make this a supportive and loving community. I’m also extremely grateful to Sandi Hebert, Mary Powers, Alexa Martindale, and now Mere Bergstrom; no matter what the challenges, they have all devoted themselves to caring for both the college itself and all of its residents. And in Morse, we have some of the most dedicated and caring Fellows, many of whom have been tremendous resources not just to our undergraduate Morsels, but to me, both personally and professionally.

Before I came to Yale in 2005, I had no sense of the true power of community. But Morse’s Masters and Heads, our administrative staff, our dining hall workers and facilities crew, our fellows, our graduate affiliates – and most important, you, the undergraduates – have taught me what community looks like. From our FroCos to our Frosh Olympians; from the mythical CD Café to the Cult of the Walrus; and from MCC to the March of Resilience; you have balanced your intense academic and extracurricular passions with the desire to create a home away from home, where, as one graduating Morsel suggested at this year’s Senior Dinner, you have come to feel centered and grounded.

Thank you for all you’ve taught me, and for the Morse Love you’ve shown this incredible community.

And remember: MORSE ALWAYS WINS!


Dean Silverman