Alum Andrew Dean Helps Students Achieve Goals
The calling to help others in the world of higher education has taken Tiffin native and two-time Tiffin University alum Andrew Dean on a new adventure.
Dean graduated from TU with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing in 2012 and an MBA in the same field in 2014. Today, he works as a Student Services Specialist for The University of Toledo at its Schoolcraft College location.
Dean entered the undergraduate business program with intentions of pursuing a marketing position in the entertainment industry. However, those plans changed when, as an employee in the Student Success Center (now the Murphy Academic Support Center), he discovered that he truly enjoyed helping fellow students achieve their goals.
As an undergraduate student, he worked as a peer tutor and supplemental instructor. During graduate school, Dean transitioned into being the Center’s graduate assistant, taking on a leadership position that required him to manage up to 26 students as peer tutors and assist multiple directors in the academic-support department.
“My passion for helping others achieve their educational goals while in pursuit of their long-term career goals is what made me decide to tackle the higher education field,” he said. “I love being able to interact with a diverse student population on a daily basis; I would not trade it for anything in the world.”
Because of his experiences overseas, his ultimate career goal is to become an education-abroad advisor.
Dean and his close friend and fellow TU Alumni, Morgan Durbin, studied at the University of Limerick in Ireland during the fall semester of his junior year at TU. During that semester, they traveled through Ireland, Scotland, England, Spain and Italy.
“This experience has since guided my life to where I am now and plan to be in the future,” he explained. “I will be taking any opportunity afforded to me to expand my knowledge and experience by continuing to travel to different places.”
While his interests and goals are bound to take him far away from TU, he appreciates what it gave him: a valuable education and distinct career path.