Graduate Council Members


The Graduate Council


 The Graduate Council is responsible for the development and coordination of general policies and procedures for graduate programs and the maintenance of uniform standards for the admission of students and for the awarding of graduate degrees. It is, therefore, the responsible body to recommend, initiate, develop, and approve graduate programs. Acting with the Graduate Dean, it may initiate plans for improvement of graduate instruction, set standards for the Graduate Faculty, and, in general, oversee the proper functioning of the Division of Graduate Studies. The Graduate Council consists of a representative, usually the Department Chair, from each department and program offering graduate degrees. At the Annual University Fall Faculty Seminar, an additional representative from each School is elected for one year by the assembled graduate faculty. The Graduate Dean also appoints for one or two year terms additional members from the faculty at large in order to ensure balanced representation. Two graduate students are appointed by the Dean for one year. These representatives act in an advisory capacity and are charged with the transmittance to their departments of the deliberations of the Graduate Council and are also charged to bring recommendations to the Council. During the academic year, the Graduate Council meets during the following months: August, October, November, February, March and April. Special meetings of the Council may be called by the Dean or by a majority of the Council members.


Graduate Council Members



College of Business

Dr. Kenneth Russ, Business Graduate Programs

Dr. Nicholas Hill, Business Graduate Programs


College of Education and Human Development

Dr. Walter Brown, Urban Higher Education

Dr. Benjamin Ngwudike, Educational Leadership

Dr. Dion Porter, Counseling, Rehabilitation and Psychometric Services

Dr. Thea Williams-Black, Elementary and Early Childhood


College of Liberal Arts

Dr. David Akombo, Music

Dr. Bryman Williams, Clinical Psychology


College of Public Service

Dr. Johnny Gilleylen, Public Policy and Administration

Dr. Mukesh Kumar, Urban and Regional Planning

Dr. Isaiah Marshall, Social Work


College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Dr. Daning Chen, Mathematical and Statistical Science

Dr. Paul Tchounwou, Graduate and International Studies

Dr. P.C. Yuan, Department of Industrial Systems and Technology


School of Public Health (Initiative)

Dr. Russell Bennett


School of Journalism and Media Studies

Dr. Luis Almeida



Dr. Jean-Claude  Assad

Dr. Juette Millard Bingham

Dr. Jeton McClinton


Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Carolyn Meyers, President

Dr. Evelyn Leggette, Provost and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Ramin Maysami, College of Business

Dr. Daniel Watkins, College of Education and Human Development

Dr. Mario Azevedo, College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Ricardo Brown, College of Public Service

Dr. Richard Alo, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Dr. Mohammad Shahbazi, School of Public Health Initiative

Dr. Elayne Hayes-Anthony, School of Journalism and Media Studies

Dr. Marie O'Banner-Jackson, Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Melissa Druckrey, Library and Information Resources