Graduate School Staff


Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School

Dr. Michael Crowder

Chief administrative officer for the Graduate School and Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation. Chair of Graduate Council and member of the Council of Academic Deans. Responsible for budget management and policy development and implementation. Serves as resource for all students, faculty, and staff members involved with graduate education.


Associate Dean of the Graduate School

Dr. Rose Marie Ward

Chair of several financial assistance committees for graduate students, including the Academic Achievement Assistantship committee, Graduate Students' Achievement Fund, and the Student Financial Assistance committee. Primary resource for Graduate Directors, Department Chairs, and graduate faculty regarding Graduate School policies and procedures.


Special Consultant to the Graduate School Dean

Dr. Kristen Budd

Supports the Graduate School in policy implementation, procedural aspects of day-to-day functions and major events, as well as assists with petitions, the Graduate Council, and various Graduate School financial committees.

 Shannon Speed

Assistant to the Dean and Manager of Graduate Student Services

Shannon Speed

Assist with day-to-day operations of the graduate school. Enforce policies of the Graduate School. Process graduate students' theses and dissertations. Provide counsel to students on the full range of policies and procedures for graduate students. Responsible for graduate student orientation and commencement planning. Process awards and scholarships for graduate students. Serve as the advisor of the Graduate Student Association.

Christie Keller

Program Associate

Christie Keller

The Graduate School's first point of contact for visitors to the office or telephone. Processes questions about Domestic Grant-in-Aid (GIA) awards, change of major requests, and credit transfer approval and also maintains the Graduate faculty level standing records