When you arrive at PUC and begin exploring your new home away from home, you’ll likely want to know just who is in charge of your living space. We’ve made that easy for you! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring all of our residence hall deans here on the blog so you can get to know them all. And if you need to contact them, feel free to reach out!
Name: Hernan Granados
Dean of: Newton Hall
Phone: (707) 965-7409
Dean since: 2006
Have you always been a dean?
No, actually; before coming to PUC, I was serving as a pastor.
What does a typical day at the residence hall look like for you?
There are no typical days. Every day is different, and that is what I love about my job.
What about your work is the most rewarding to you?
Definitely seeing the men grow as people and into gentlemen.
When you’re not deaning, how do you enjoy occupying your time?
I really like being outside. Either on the water in my boat or on the green, golfing.
What do you love most about PUC?
Well, considering the outdoors is my favorite place to be, it has to be the mountains and the clear air here.
So when you were a kid, did you want to be a pastor and a dean?
No; I actually dreamed of becoming an architect, but God led me in a different direction.
What did you study in college, then?
I studied theology. When I graduated, I went to work for the Southern California Conference.
In your line of work, you often serve as a mentor to others. Tell me about a mentor who has been invaluable to you.
Jim Boyd, a former dean here at PUC who just retired this year. He respects people and is willing to help others. He truly cares for people.
One last personal question: What’s one of your favorite movies, and why?
Dead Poets Society is hands-down my favorite movie. I love how Robin Williams’ character really cares about his students. He challenges them and also is there for them when they need him the most, helping the young people to think outside the box and guiding them when they need it. Most of all, I enjoy how he spends time with them and shows them how much he cares for them not only as students but as individuals.