Marcella Runell Hall Named Dean of Students

Marcella Runell Hall

Marcella Runell Hall, founding director of New York University’s Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership and a member of the clinical faculty in its Silver School of Social Work, will be Mount Holyoke’s new dean of students beginning June 1.  

Hall will replace former Dean of Students Rene Davis, who is now associate dean of the College, Section 504 coordinator, and Title IX officer.

“I am thrilled that Marcella is joining Mount Holyoke,” says Dean of the College Cerri Banks. “She is a scholar, teacher, and practitioner who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about student life, diversity and inclusion, and student engagement. Her warm approach to whole-student development and her enthusiasm for participating in the life of the College will serve our students and our community well.”

“I am overjoyed to become a member of the Mount Holyoke community,” says Hall. “Having spent time in the Five College area as a student, I have a great appreciation for all that Mount Holyoke contributes to the Pioneer Valley. During my interview process, I really fell in love with the MHC students and the campus. I couldn't be more excited to work with the staff, to get to know the students, and to bring my family to campus.”

Hall studied social work and women's studies as an undergraduate at Ramapo College of New Jersey. In 1999, she earned a master’s in higher education from NYU, then served as its coordinator of social justice programs in student activities. In 2002, she left NYU to pursue her doctorate at UMass–Amherst. Hall has won numerous awards for her teaching, writing, exemplary service, and program development.

After completing her doctorate in social justice education, Hall returned to NYU to serve as diversity educator at the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs. In 2012, she became director for the Of Many Institute.

At NYU, she also was an award-winning teacher, program director for the minor in multifaith and spiritual leadership, and founder of the Faith Zone Training program.

Hall has edited three award-winning books, The Hip-Hop Education Guidebook, Conscious Women Rock the Page, and Love, Race, and Liberation. Additionally, she has written for Scholastic Books, the New York Times Learning Network, VIBE, and various academic journals.

Hall has two young daughters, Ava Zuri and Aaliyah Zoe and is married to David Hall (aka DJ Trends), a popular NYC radio disc jockey. The family plans to live on campus.

Video: Hall talks about multicultural education programs she developed at NYU. (At the link, search for “Hall.”)