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Interim dean looks to keep graduate program on right track

Graduate school gives students “extra edge”

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Published: Friday, February 15, 2013

Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013 16:02

Dr. June Smith, professor of communications, has been appointed interim dean of the College of Graduate Studies and begun fulfilling the role on Feb. 1

Dr. Brian May chose Smith to take the position on an interim basis meaning Smith has agreed to not be an applicant for the position.

“Taking the position on an interim basis allows an open search for possible candidates without anyone having a home court advantage,” Smith said.

Smith said she encourages students to think about attending graduate school.

“In this economy, a graduate degree gives you an extra edge,” Smith said. “We have a huge graduate school here. One out of every seven student that is enrolled at Angelo State is a graduate student. There is a lot of support, good scholarships and excellent faculty.”

Angie Wright, the associate vice president for finance and administration, will also take over an interim position as the vice president for finance administration beginning March 15.

May hopes to have a permanent appointee in place for the vice presidential position by June 1 and a permanent appointee for the graduate dean position by August 1.


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