Menlo College Names Dr. La’Tonya Rease Miles as New Dean of Student Affairs

ATHERTON, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2021) – Menlo College is proud to announce that Dr. La’Tonya “LT” Rease Miles has been appointed to serve as its Dean of Student Affairs.

Dr. Rease Miles most recently served as the Executive Director of First Year Experience and Strategic Initiatives at UCLA. Prior to her work at UCLA, she was the Director of the Academic Resource Center at Loyola Marymount University. Rease Miles earned her Ph.D. in American Literature from UCLA, and is nationally recognized as an expert on first generation students and the first-year experience in higher education.

“One of the reasons I chose Menlo College was because of its close community; its small size gives me the chance to get to know students on a more personal level. I hope to support each member of Menlo’s diverse student body in pursuing their passions, as well as create a lasting positive impact on the college and increase social equity through education. I am very excited to join the Menlo family,” said Dr. Rease Miles.

During her studies at UCLA, Rease Miles focused her research interests on the representation of black masculinity in African American Literature and pop culture, with a special emphasis on sports. In addition to first generation students, she also has a professional interest in the hidden curriculum in higher education and is an accomplished presenter, panelist, and keynote speaker.  

Drawing on her expertise and personal experience as a first-generation college student, Rease Miles regularly serves as a consultant to higher education institutions across the nation in this area. She is also a social media influencer who established and manages the national Facebook group “Empowering First-Generation College Students,” as well as the “First Gen and Juice” account on Instagram. 

“We are thrilled that Dr. Rease Miles has agreed to serve as our Dean of Student Affairs,” said Menlo College President Steven Weiner. “She will be an effective advocate for our students and a valuable addition to the Menlo leadership team. Her impressive expertise will further enhance the overall student experience at our college, and her particular authority adds important depth in ensuring our large contingent of first generation students thrive during their studies at Menlo.”

About Menlo College

Menlo College was established in 1927. It is a small, private, non-profit, four-year, accredited, residential college located in Atherton, California. Menlo College’s location in Silicon Valley, one of the world’s most entrepreneurial and innovative geographical areas, has enabled the college to create a valuable market niche for its students locally — as well as globally. Menlo College cultivates in its students the skills, integrity, and passion to make meaningful contributions in an innovation economy.