Giles Bean was named Associate Athletic Director for Student Success on Oct. 18, 2018. The new position is funded as part of the NCAA Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant program.
She also currently serves as the department's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Advisor.
Giles Bean is a former Bison student-athlete, in three sports, and a proud graduate of Gallaudet University with three degrees. Giles Bean received her Bachelor’s degree in social work from GU in 2015 as she graduated with a 3.99 grade point average. She went on to earn two Masters degrees in 2017 in International Development and Public Administration.
Giles Bean became Gallaudet’s first student-athlete to earn College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America honors in two different sports; track and field (2014-15) and at-large for swimming (2013-14). She is the first Gallaudet female student-athlete to earn two CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in her career.
"I'm extremely humbled and excited to begin working in this new role. As a former student-athlete and coach, Gallaudet University has given a lot to me and I'm thrilled about the opportunity to give back," said Giles Bean. "I plan to work very hard to support our underrepresented and under-recognized student-athletes. I also hope to strengthen partnerships with the wonderful on-campus entities and resources that we have available. With this in plan, my goal is to provide our student-athletes with a well-rounded experience that will set them up for success here at Gallaudet and after when they begin their professional careers."
Giles Bean will be responsible for providing visionary leadership, strategic planning and program development to improve academic success for Bison student-athletes. She will work with all GU athletic teams, coaches, staff and student-athletes; particularly historically underrepresented and underserved populations focusing on retention and academic and personal growth and success.
Gallaudet is one of eight Division III institutions or conference offices to receive a Strategic Alliance Matching Grant that runs from 2018-23. The Strategic Alliance Matching Grant provides funding for Division III institutions and conference offices to enhance gender and racial diversity through full-time professional administrative positions in athletics administration.
Giles Bean was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society for athletics and was a two-time North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Scholar-Athlete.
Giles Bean lettered in women’s soccer (2012, '13), women’s swimming and diving (2012-13, '13-14, '15-16) and women’s track and field (2013, '14, '15) while at Gallaudet.
After undergraduate studies she began coaching the Gallaudet swimming and diving and track and field programs.
Giles Bean first date of employment is Nov. 12, 2018.
"Students, faculty, and staff alike, I will be here to work very hard for you, so please feel free to visit me anytime, my door will always be open," Giles Bean added.
Giles Bean is married to Shelby Bean, an assistant coach on the Gallaudet football team and former Bison student-athlete in football and track and field. Bean graduated from Gallaudet in 2013 and received his master’s degree in 2016 from GU. The couple, who were married on Hotchkiss Field, live in Washington, D.C.