Peabody is the building, Jack is the dog, and I'm Dean J (she/her, btw).

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About Dean J

When I started this blog, I didn't want my identity to take precedence over the messages I was sharing, so I tried to think of a short and simple name to use.  I've been called "J" for years because my name is long and people have a hard time spelling it. "Dean J" made sense.

For a while, people thought I was Dean Jack Blackburn, who hired me in 2005. I'm actually an Associate Dean in the Office of Admission. I am not THE Dean of Admission. That's Greg Roberts.


Obligatory portrait with Lawn columns