Dean’s Office

Dean Jessie Royce Hill

The Dean oversees the academic life of students in the college, advising them on courses, career decisions and other personal and academic issues.


Dean Hill MainThe Dean is the chief academic and personal adviser to students in the college. She oversees academic progress, advising on intellectual development through courses and internships, and supports students on personal matters. 

Dean Hill has a B.A. in European History from Barnard College and a Master of Science degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She comes to Benjamin Franklin College as an experienced residential college dean, finishing a three-year term in Silliman. She also served as associate director of Yale Undergraduate Admissions for eight years. Before coming to Yale, Dean Hill worked as a journalist for National Public Radio (NPR) and wrote and edited for newspapers in Massachusetts. She draws on her writing background as an instructor of narrative nonfiction writing in the English Department. The dean has an affinity for cycling and fitness (doing), basketball (watching), and good tunes. She lives above the office with her daughters Lily (14) and Ada (11).

Senior Administrative Assistant Michelle Tracey

Michelle Tracey Main

Phone: (203) 432-2934


Dean’s Office, Monday through Friday8:30 am-5 pm.

Michelle Tracey is the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean. Michelle oversees the academic functions for Benjamin Franklin students, including registration, course schedule deadlines, and maintaining student records. She is often the first person to contact if you have questions regarding academic requirements. If you need to make an appointment with Dean Hill, stop in and see Michelle.