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Dean Andrew Daire stands on campus

Andrew P. Daire, Ph. D.

Dean, VCU School of Education

A driven and enthusiastic leader, Dr. Andrew P. Daire joined the VCU School of Education as its new dean in June 2016.

Daire comes to VCU from the University of Houston, where he served as the College of Education’s associate dean for research for nearly two years. His resume also includes more than 25 years of experience in higher education, 13 of which came at the University of Central Florida, where he co-founded the university's Marriage and Family Research Institute, among other accomplishments.

Combining an academic and clinical background in counseling and psychology with expertise in research, Daire's style of transformative leadership emphasizes personal and professional development, and motivating faculty, staff and students towards excellence, innovation and impact in their work every day.

A big believer in the value of community engagement as well, Daire believes research and instruction are at their best (and most innovative) when focused on serving the public.

“I believe that urban-serving universities have a responsibility — and I mean that sincerely: a responsibility — to their surrounding communities,” Daire said. “That’s where the impact of our teaching, research and service really should be seen."

Outside of Oliver Hall, Daire is an avid chef and water enthusiast, and eager to explore the rich history Richmond has to offer.

For more information about Daire, read our in-depth interview with him or explore the links in our media kit below.