NOVA’s Alexandria Campus recently welcomed Dr. Tyson Beale as the new dean of students. Beale joined the NOVA family in his new role on August 10. He will oversee Student Life, Student Conduct, First Year Advising, Enrollment Services and Counseling.
Most recently, Beale served as assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at Fayetteville State University (FSU) in North Carolina. He previously served as associate dean for FSU’s University College, retention coordinator at Morgan State University (MSU) and network leader for the headquarters division of Baltimore City Schools. While in Maryland, he also taught at the Earl G. Graves School of Business at MSU and Anne Arundel Community College.
The Virginia Beach native holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from MSU, a master of business administration and a bachelor of social science from Radford University. Beale has extensive experience in leading and supervising student services, including academic advising, first-year experience programs, learning communities and student conduct among other areas.
Additionally, Beale received the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP) highest honor as its Sadie Yancey Professional Service Awardee for 2017. Beale maintains professional affiliations and memberships within student affairs and was selected to present at both NASAP and NASPA last academic year.
“We are excited to have Dr. Beale join us as the dean of students for the Alexandria Campus,” Alexandria Provost Annette Haggray said. “Tyson brings extensive experience in leading student services and working collaboratively with faculty and staff to implement innovative initiatives that will benefit our diverse student population.”
Beale recalls administrators and key faculty members who took him under their wing when he was a college student and recognizes how they can impact a student’s life. As the new dean of students, Beale has already begun to meet with stakeholders on listening tours and engage in strategic efforts across the Campus.
“When I think of how grateful I am to be sitting on the shoulders of those who came before me, education was just the right field for me because I want to reach people where they are and help them carve out their aspirations and assist others in maximizing their success. It’s heart work. H-E-A-R-T. It’s hard, but it’s also heart work and I just love seeing students walk across that stage to obtain their degrees,” Beale said. “NOVA is clearly nationally known as a trendsetter in many regards among community colleges. For me, when I considered the relocation, it wasn’t ‘Why NOVA?’ It was ‘Why not NOVA?’ I have the opportunity to work alongside remarkable students, proven scholars and dedicated practitioners.”
“I wanted to join a winning team, and NOVA is on that trajectory and has been for years. I see this as an opportunity to lend my support, bring an external lens and partner with stakeholders who are invested and committed to engagement, high-level collaboration and doing what’s best for students.”