Dean (Education) Law and Legal Definition

Dean is an administrative officer in charge of a college, faculty, or division in a university. Dean can also be an officer of a college or high school who counsels students and supervises the enforcement of rules. Generally, a dean is the head of an institution. In academic administration, a dean is a person who has significant authority over a specific academic unit, or over a specific area of concern, or both. They usually run universities or colleges.