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KU reorganizes graduate school

April 26, 2007

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Kansas University shook up its organizational chart on Wednesday in the areas of research, graduate studies and international programs.

KU Provost Richard Lariviere announced that effective July 1, the dean of the graduate school will no longer report directly to him. Instead, that person will report to Jim Roberts, vice provost for research, who as of Wednesday holds the new title "vice provost for research and graduate studies."

The news comes as KU prepares for an internal search for a new graduate dean. Diana Carlin, who has held the post since 1999, announced in February that she was resigning and taking a yearlong job with the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C.

In a prepared statement, Lariviere said that research and graduate education "have so much in common, it makes good sense to bring them together with a single, high-priority mandate. ... That mandate is growth of research and growth in the size, scope and quality of doctoral programs at the Lawrence campus."

In addition, the graduate college will be split from the office of international programs - something Carlin had overseen in her job.

KU plans to name an interim director for international programs next month and begin a national search for a permanent director.

"If you look across the country, very few places have international programs aligned with graduate studies," said Don Steeples, KU vice provost for scholarly support, who led a committee that made the recommendations to Lariviere. "Our feeling was that we've got a very strong international programs effort here, and that it deserves to stand by itself."

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