Interim faculty deans named for Leverett House

Deans Eileen Reynolds and Daniel Deschler

Eileen Reynolds, Daniel Deschler, and Stryker. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

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Eileen Reynolds ’86 and Daniel Deschler have been named interim faculty deans for Leverett House, Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana announced today.

“Eileen and Daniel are extraordinarily caring and compassionate individuals,” Khurana said. “They are committed to ensuring that Leverett House is an inclusive community where every student belongs, where people of diverse backgrounds and with diverse ideas have the opportunity to flourish. I am thrilled that they will be joining the College in this role, and look forward to working with them.”

Reynolds, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and vice-chair for education in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Throughout her career, she has taught and led educational programs at the University of California, University of Pennsylvania, and HMS. She currently maintains a small primary care practice, and is building the Center for Health Equity Research and Innovation at BIDMC.

Deschler graduated from Creighton University in 1986, and earned his M.D. from HMS. Following his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at UC San Francisco, he completed a fellowship in advanced head and neck oncology and reconstruction in Philadelphia. Since 2000, when he joined the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, he has taught otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at HMS. He also serves as vice chair of academic affairs.

“We are so excited to join this wonderful community and begin spending time with the students and the entire Leverett House community,” Reynolds said. “As a Harvard College alum, I know what a critical role house life plays in the lives of our students. We can’t wait to get started.”

As an undergraduate, Reynolds resided in Eliot House, and was awarded the Charles William Eliot medal, given annually in recognition of service to the house community. She also served as co-chair for Evening with Champions, an annual figure-skating event that raises funds for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.

“The opportunity to join Leverett House in this capacity is one that we could not be more excited about,” Deschler said. “House life is the heart and soul of the Harvard College experience, and we’re thrilled to able to join these wonderful students.”

Reynolds and Deschler met on their first day as students at HMS. They will move into Leverett this summer with their dog, Stryker.

They will begin their tenure as interim faculty deans July 1.