Meet the Staff

Parent and Family Engagement is facilitated through Student Life. If you see us around campus, please say hi! We would love to learn more about your family's experience at UD.

Meaghan K. Davidson
Assistant Dean of Students, Parent and Family Engagement

Meaghan is a third generation Blue Hen who is presently working toward her doctoral degree at UD, where she also earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Meaghan began her professional career working in student activities at UD in 2009, and in 2018 became the University’s first assistant dean of students with direct oversight of parent and family engagement. Meaghan is passionate about helping Blue Hen families and students cultivate relationships with each other and with UD that support lifelong success.

Adam D. Cantley
Dean of Students

Adam is a West Virginia native with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University as well as a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at UD. Adam joined the University of Delaware as assistant director of fraternity and sorority life in 2011, and became UD’s Associate Dean of Students in 2014. Now the Dean of Students, Adam and his staff are a major point of contact for students and families who need assistance navigating complexities of the student experience.

José-Luis Riera
Vice President for Student Life

José earned his bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College, his master’s from Colorado State University and his doctorate from the University of Maryland. José joined the University of Delaware as the Associate Dean of Students in 2010, and was named Dean of Students in 2014. Now the University’s Vice President for Student Life, José and the Division of Student Life advance equity and inclusion, deepen student learning, and drive holistic development through education, experiences and communities that engage thousands of students at multiple stages of their UD experiences.