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Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to share that Dr. Martha Peterson has agreed to continue to serve as acting dean of the Graduate School and acting associate provost for graduate and professional education, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, or until a new dean can be hired.

This reappointment is based on feedback received from a process carried out in accordance with GR VIII.

Specifically, I formed a committee of faculty members from the Graduate Council, faculty representatives from the Martin and Patterson Schools, staff members from the Graduate School and graduate students. I met with this committee to solicit their recommendations for candidates for the acting position.

In addition, I solicited suggestions of names of candidates for the position from anyone on the graduate faculty, on the staff of the Graduate School or on the faculties or staffs of the Martin and Patterson Schools.

In early fall, I will share more information about the national search process for a permanent dean and associate provost.

Thank you, Dr. Peterson, for your continued service. And thank you to each of you for the work you do to support graduate and professional education at the University of Kentucky.

Robert S. DiPaola, M.D.