As promised in the recent announcement of the Graduate School reorganization, I am writing to provide an update. I am pleased to announce that Kelly Burke, Associate Dean of Music, Theatre and Dance (MTD) and Professor of Clarinet, has accepted the position of Vice Provost for Graduate Education, effective August 1, 2016. Kelly has extensive experience with graduate education at UNCG. As a faculty member, she has taught in the Music graduate programs, chaired more than 15 doctoral committees, and been involved with graduate curriculum reform. As Associate Dean of MTD, Kelly has had responsibility for allocating graduate assistantships and for graduate enrollment growth planning. Kelly’s interest in leadership in graduate education goes back to her own time as a graduate student when she was the President of the Eastman School of Music Graduate Student Association. Kelly combines strong administrative talents gained from her years of experience as an Associate Dean and a Department Head with outstanding faculty accomplishments including being the recipient of the UNC Board of Governor’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2004 and a nominee in 2009 for the UNCG Research Excellence Award. Most recently she has led a group of faculty engaged in an important new initiative in partnership with the Educational Advisory Board, The Institutional Scorecard Initiative. When complete, this project will provide important enrollment capacity and student demand data to inform academic decision-making. Kelly also served as Chair of the Faculty Credentialing Committee for the last SACSCOC review. In addition to assuming oversight of the Graduate School, as Vice Provost Kelly will also work on other Academic Affairs projects and initiatives as time permits.
Kelly will be assisted in her oversight of graduate education by two longstanding Graduate School administrators whose titles will change as follows: Laura Chesak, currently Associate Dean of the Graduate School will become Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Scott Hudgins, currently Assistant Dean of the Graduate School will become Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education.
While these changes will not become effective until August 1st, Kelly will work later this summer with Dean Wiener and other members of the Graduate School to begin to transition to the new role. Please join me in congratulating Kelly and welcoming her to her new role.