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March 5, 2001

Dean's office adds four
new members to support team

By Jan Gleason

Four new staff members have joined the office of Dean Robert Paul in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and will provide a new look to the office’s senior leadership.

“I want the office to give the graduate school the support it needs to live up to the promise of being the intellectual centerpiece of the University,” Paul said. “We’ll be reaching out with new emphasis in several areas, including graduate student life and the biosciences.”

Bryan Noe was named asssociate dean for graduate studies in the biosciences, after serving as professor of cell biology and director in the graduate division of biological and biomedical sciences (GDBBS). Noe arrived at Emory in 1972 as an assistant professor of anatomy.

“Bryan will be working to upgrade information technology capacities and will be the person to speak for the sciences in the graduate school office,” Paul said.

“I’ll be assisting in developing new data management paradigms,” Noe said.
Gary Wihl joined the graduate school in January as associate dean. He will identify funding for programs and look at ways the school can work with departments to identify new areas of research and strategies for building new programs.

“Gary’s job is to know the departments and faculty, to support them and also to oversee the operations of the graduate school office,” Paul said.

Wihl replaces Eleanor Main, who has become director of educational studies.

Wihl was professor and chair of the English department at McGill University, where he taught humanities for 15 years. He served as associate dean of graduate faculty at McGill from 1989–96.

He is the author of two books published by Yale University Press and co-editor of two volumes of essays. He has interdisciplinary interests in literature and law, aesthetics and art

Hillary Ford will become the assistant dean for graduate student affairs on April 1, a position new to the graduate school.

“I’ll be involved in areas that are of interest and concern to the dean, faculty and students of the graduate school [and] that are all similar, in the sense that they relate to out-of-class issues,” Ford said.

“I’ll be looking at such things as health care, health insurance, issues related to career planning and placement for research degree students not going into the professoriate, communications between grad students across academic fields, and opportunities for grad students to meet outside the academic setting,” she said.

Ford said she plans to work with her colleagues and the Graduate Assembly to determine the most pressing issues.

“There’s a national trend for the distribution of services for graduate and undergrad students,” said Ford, whose husband John became vice president for Campus Life in January. “Grad students are seen as adults, and while there are services in Campus Life for them, there are particular stresses of being in a research degree program.

From 1993–2001, Ford served as assistant dean of the graduate school of Cornell University and was director or admissions from 1995 to 2001. Prior to that, she was coordinator to the assistant dean from 1982 to 1993. Early in her career she was a social worker.

Marcia Wade became the director of development for the graduate school in January.

Wade will build on work that Fred Thibodeau, now director of development for the Goizueta Business School, did several years ago in fund raising for the graduate school.

“The growth and development of the graduate school will depend at least in part on external funding, so this is an important position,” Paul said.

“Along with raising money for the graduate school, I want to focus on raising awareness of the importance of the graduate school among Emory’s current and prospective supporters,” said Wade.

Wade recently served as assistant director of rural services and research at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

From 1995–98, she was director of development for The National Faculty in Atlanta. She also has served as assistant to the president of Mississippi University for Women.


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