Craig Pelton (Jim Rash) is the Dean of Greendale Community College. Craig has worked at the college for 14 years, but has only been Dean for 4. Dean Pelton is striving, sometimes a little too hard, to make Greendale more like a "real university." He is also desperate for the approval of his students, and is constantly coming up with new ways to make himself appear hip and cool. While, what goes on in the privacy of his own bedroom is never really seen as a topic of conversation, his interesting lifestyle usually finds it way onto the campus.