Erin Foster Zsiga

Foster Zsiga, Erin E.

Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Student Affairs
Chase Hall, Room 007A

Dean of Students


Erin Foster Zsiga, Dean of Students at Bates College, specializes in the management of institutional support structures for student wellbeing. With a background in psychology social work and certification in Substance Abuse Prevention from the University of New England, Erin has extensive experience in supporting students through transitions and professional teams through structural changes. Her work focuses on student-centered approaches to resource management with a focus on social justice. 

Erin has significant experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs that serve as a foundation to the student experience at Bates. In her capacity as Dean of Students, Erin oversees a diverse team of professional staff members in the areas of Accessible Education and Student Support, Bates EMS, Campus Life, Campus Safety, Community Standards/Student Conduct, Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Services, First Year Experience and Orientation, and Residence Life & Health Education.

Tasked with managing the transition from a campus-based to community partner-based healthcare model, Erin works closely with local healthcare officials to ensure high-quality care and integration of medical services within the academic environment. Erin earned a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and a B.A. in Psychology and Religion from Merrimack College.