Recognized as the “jewel in the crown of the Department of English,” Dr. Celia Easton proved a witty, principled welcomer, guide and teacher to colleagues and students alike. An expert in Jane Austen, Dr. Easton cultivated a spirit of service in everyone she encountered. She wielded her skills as a scholar, mentor, writer, orator, and friend to create lasting change in both departmental curriculum and climate.
In the early 2000s, Dr. Easton moved to a major new role in Student Affairs. Encouraged to build connections across divisions, Dr. Easton approached living and learning in the residential setting as an opportunity to educate students beyond the classroom and eliminated previous notions of “dorming.” Emboldened to push boundaries and make change, she created partnerships that led to the creation of College Houses and influenced the present Living Learning Community Program. A change-maker with an unconventional approach to student learning, Celia inspired staff to put everything on the table when developing plans for engagement and cultivating a sense of belonging for students. At her core, Celia is a champion for uplifting students and staff from underrepresented backgrounds.
Dr. Easton’s dedication to Geneseo continued in her transition to become the Dean of the Office of Academic Planning and Advising. Everything about the way this office is currently run - including even its name! - is all due to Dr. Easton. Whether influencing campus policy, coaching a student through academic and personal challenges, or mentoring the next generation of campus leadership, she cultivated the best in those she served. Through all of her contributions, she fostered an environment for all students to feel seen and emboldened to pursue a love of learning and to acknowledge their social responsibility. She shaped DAPA into the image of Geneseo’s true spirit, a place students felt welcomed and empowered. Dr. Easton’s influence will impact students for generations to come.