The Dean behind it all


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Jaryd Veserat, Contributor

Jesuit High School’s Dean of Students, Mr. Timothy Warren ‘70, does not just hand out JUG, he also plays a critical role in the the development of the school.

Mr. Warren has a long history at Jesuit, dating back to his time as a student.

Mr. Warren said that there is “no comparison” between Jesuit in 1970 and the way Jesuit is today. There were no student clubs; students would either participate in sports, join the Galley Crew, or do nothing. The curriculum back in 1970 featured Latin, Math, English, and two years of mandatory Greek.  The phrase “Men For Others” was not coined yet.

“[‘Men for Others’] didn’t become part of who we are until ‘78, ‘79 and now it has become the focus of everything we do,” said Mr. Warren.

When Mr. Warren first came back to Jesuit in 1973, he served as a coach. In 1978, he was hired as a full time counselor. Over the years, he worked as a Crisis Counselor, Academic Counselor, Department Chair, Director of Christian Service, Director of Admissions, Vice Principal for Student Life, Activities Director, an English teacher, and then became Dean of Students.  

The Office of the Dean used to simply issue punishment. Now, the Dean fosters relationships with students dealing with discipline issues, looking to make the experience as educational as possible.

“[Becoming Dean] was a good opportunity to expand the role of the Dean of Students to beyond just ‘you got JUG’ to drug education, counseling referrals — any of that kind of [intervention],” Dean Warren said. “All of those things [the Dean’s] office does now, we weren’t doing before, not with a good deal of intent.”   

The changes to the Dean’s role included adding procedural JUG, academic JUG for Freshmen only, and monitoring tardies, attendance records, and grades in an attempt to help students keep track of their academic lives.   

Additionally, Mr. Warren started the “Deans’ Club,” a conference held every other month for the Deans of the Catholic high schools in the Sacramento-area. The purpose of the group is to discuss rules and create better communication among Catholic schools.

When asked about what changes he would like to see made, Mr. Warren said that instead of planning specific changes ahead of time, he prefers to look out for when a change is necessary and then revise procedures to fit new specific, unforeseen needs.

“We gotta stay nimble down here, which means we gotta be able to change a policy if it looks like it’s necessary or outdated,” Dean Warren said.