Dean Craig Pelton is the well-meaning, however somewhat floundering and sexually-agnostic dean of Greendale Community College. Craig has been an educator for 10 years, with four of those years being dean at Greendale. All of the previous schools he has worked at are no longer in existence. ("Basic Rocket Science"). Since his first day at Greendale, enrollment has grown 25%. One of his biggest changes was renaming the school's team name from "The Greendale Grizzlies" to the "Greendale Human Beings." Along with Pierce Hawthorne he also created the new school mascot, the Greendale Human Being. Dean Pelton also teaches a class on PA announcing; a student in the spring 2011 semester was named Manuel.
The Dean is shown to be a very upbeat and overall cheerful person. He enjoys interacting with his students and attempts to get them more involved in school functions. Although Dean Pelton has a lot of pride in the school he also has a bit of an inferiority complex over it. He spends a lot of his time trying to improve the school, though many of these attempts prove misguided. The Dean enjoys dressing up in costumes and will often deliver news personally to the study group in those outfits (see main articleDean Pelton's outfits). He has developed a particular fondness for Jeff and often flirts with him, though this is unrequited.
Dean Pelton is introduced messing up a welcome speech to a crowd of new students arriving at Greendale. He first meets Jeff when Britta admits to using a crib sheet on a Spanish test. He heads up an academic tribunal made up of Ian Duncan and Ben Chang in order to deal with Britta's cheating. Later he blackmails Jeff into helping him get Troy to be the quarterback for Greendale's football team. Throughout the year his bizarre proclivities and man crush on Jeff start to become more apparent. At the end of the school year he accidentally invites two people dressed as dalmatians to the "Tranny Dance". When a drunk Ian Duncan disrupts the party with a lewd rap and then insults the Dean for his strange tastes Pelton suspends the professor.
"Pilot': Pelton fumbles a speech while trying to welcome a new group of students to the school.
"Advanced Criminal Law": When Britta cheats on a Spanish test, Pelton forms an academic tribunal to deal with the matter.
"Football, Feminism and You": Pelton threatens to use photos of Jeff in the Greendale promotional materials unless he gets Troy to join the football team. He also teams up with Pierce to create a new mascot for the school.
"Debate 109": Pelton and Professor Whitman ask Jeff to join the school debate team along with Annie for the intercollegiate debate championship.
"The Politics of Human Sexuality": Dean Pelton, along with his new assistant Sabrina and with the help of Annie, holds a STD Fair in the cafeteria promoting safe sex to the Greendale students.
"Comparative Religion": Dean Pelton dresses up as a non-denominational Holiday character "Mr.Winter".
Dean Pelton is heard announcing the start of the 2010 semester at Greendale over the P.A. system. He becomes more comfortable showing off his flamboyant side and begins dressing up in various outfits Starting with lederhosen. Pelton devises a scheme to preempt City Colleges new space program with one of Greendale's own which earns him the ire of his rival, Dean Spreck. During A Halloween party he unknowingly serves the students army surplus rations which contain a deadly contagion. During the rest of the school year, he takes a more personal interest in the study group, particulary Jeff. The end of the school year sees another paintball assassin game go out of control when the students destroy the campus again to win a $100,000 prize. The stakes of the competition become higher when it's revealed to be a City College plot orcahestrated by Dean Spreck. Pelton is taken hostage and forced to watch as the students struggle valiantly against an army of City College Storm Troopers. Pelton is on hand to witness the final battle between he remaining players and witnesses Greendale triumph due to the efforts of a rebel aliance led by the study group and the shocking actions of Pierce Hawthorne.
"Intro to Political Science": The Vice-President s coming to Greendale and Dean Pelton tries to quickly create a student government for the school by electing a student body president.
"Paradigms of Human Memory": Pelton tries to calm things down when athe study group has another argument but ends up being insulted by Jeff. In revenge, he later creates a short animated film about the incident where he becomes mutates into "CYber-Dean" and kills the study group.
Craig's influences include Dean Will Anderson, Boz Scaggs, and the "spell check" function. ("[]")
Craig currently lives with at least one roommate - his Saint Bernard named Agatha Christie. ("[]")
He has some kind of attraction to dalmatians, as he is seen dancing with a person in a dalmatian suit in the episode "Pascal's Triangle Revisited". In an earlier episode we see him looking at a YouTube clip of a dalmatian man and saying, "I hope this doesn't awaken anything in me." Additionally, he wears a dalmatian-styled vest, and a large dalmatian stuffed animal can be seen inside the closet in his office during "A Fistful of Paintballs". During "Contemporary Impressionists" A dalmatian toy can be seen on his desk, as well as numerous portraits of dalmatians on the wall behind him.