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Dear Colleagues,


Given that Martha Peterson’s current appointment as Acting Dean of the Graduate School/Acting Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education ends on June 30, it is necessary to either reappoint or appoint another Acting Dean of the Graduate School/Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education, starting July 1, 2022, until a new dean can be hired.


Governing Regulation VIII (GR VIII) states that I shall request a recommendation on matters of acting appointments from a committee, which includes faculty members from that unit. Further, GR VIII specifies that input should be sought from staff employees of the unit and others who may be affected.


Thus, in accordance with GR VIII, I am forming 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 will meet with that committee soon after it is formed to solicit their recommendations for candidates.


In addition, anyone on the graduate faculty, on the staff of the Graduate School or on the faculties or staffs of the Martin and Patterson Schools is welcome to suggest names of candidates.

Please submit your recommendations for an acting dean/associate provost, with a brief justification, to me at All recommendations and justifications will be treated as confidential. To ensure full consideration, provide your recommendations to me no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, June 13.


Based on these recommendations, I will consider the names suggested and engage in conversations with candidates of interest.


With this critical input, I will select an acting dean/associate provost and announce the appointment in June.


Thank you very much for your assistance in this important matter.

Robert S. DiPaola, M.D.