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About the Senior Dean

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Adela Penagos is the dean of the senior class and associate dean of the college for advising and mentoring. She oversees the Class Deans Office and the Lazarus Center, including the Fellowships Office. Dean Penagos has extensive advising and teaching experience at Boston College, MIT, Harvard, the University of Notre Dame and the US Naval Academy. She holds a bachelor’s from Knox College, a master’s from the University of Notre Dame, and a doctorate from Boston University.

Dean Penagos grew up in Córdoba, Veracruz (Mexico), and has lived and studied in France and the United States. She is a citizen of Mexico, Italy and the United States. Her favorite country is Ireland; however, she is a Bostonian at heart. Her hobbies include traveling, engaging in meaningful conversations, reading, studying world languages and literatures, writing, walking and swimming. Her favorite spots on campus are Neilson Library and Paradise Pond.


To Meet with Dean Penagos

To make an appointment with Dean Penagos, please email classdeans@smith.edu or visit her during her walk-in hours:

Monday 2-3 p.m.
Wednesday 10–11 a.m.

Please see Announcements for any special changes to the above hours.