Assistant Director of Finance & Administration
100 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Dawn Foster joined the Dean’s Office in the College of Arts and Letters in 2019 as the Assistant Director of Finance and Administration. She received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and returned home to Atlanta, Georgia to work at Georgia State University. While there, Ms. Foster first served as an admission counselor, maintaining communication and student databases and assisting with international student recruitment.
As Assistant Director of Study Abroad Programs, she oversaw safety and risk management for all students, faculty, and staff abroad, helped increase scholarship funding from $110,000 to over $800,000, and coordinated diversity recruitment resulting in twice as many minority students studying abroad, while serving as Chair of GSU’s Leadership Academy for Women.
She then served as Managing Director of the Center for International Business, Education, and Research where she played a key role in successfully reapplying for the center’s grant funds from the Department of Education, in addition to numerous smaller grants, while overseeing all center initiatives, workshops, and international conferences.
Prior to returning to South Bend, Ms. Foster served as Administrative Director in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Minnesota where she managed the administrative and operational services of the department, including acting as the sponsored projects pre-award administrator, initiated all hiring for the department, and oversaw facilities acquisitions and remodels.
She also served as co-chair, and subsequently, chair, of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Diversity and Inclusion committee, where she oversaw the development of a collegiate strategic plan for diversity, created the college’s diversity website, and organized the first annual CVM Diversity and Inclusion award for faculty, staff, and students, while assisting with diversity recruitment for the graduate program.
Currently, Ms. Foster focuses on the financial management of the College of Arts and Letters’ departments and centers and manages all faculty appointments while continuing to strive for diversity by serving in several roles: as a staff representative on the College of Arts and Letters’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, as the Vice President of the Black Faculty and Staff Executive Board, and as a member of the Professional Development and Networking committee with Thrive!