Message from the Dean

Celebrating Transitions

I am very excited to step into my new role as Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Graduate Education on September 1, 2021. I know I join many on campus who are also moving into new opportunities. We, at the Office of Graduate Studies, offer a warm welcome to graduate students, postdoctoral trainees and graduate faculty who are starting this fall. We also welcome those who officially started last year but are now on campus after a year of online learning and teaching.

Please join me in celebrating the many accomplishments of outgoing Associate Vice Chancellor and Graduate Dean Tim Carr who has led graduate studies at UNL for the last four years. His commitment to graduate education, attention to detail and overall leadership leave the Office of Graduate Studies stronger and well prepared for the future. Also retiring is long-time Assistant Dean and Director of Operations Donna Hahn. We appreciate her long and capable service and wish her the best in her retirement.

In the coming days, I will meet with many in campus leadership and get to know the graduate chairs. I look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts on our challenges and opportunities. We will develop initiatives to do our part to fulfill the N2025 Strategic Plan, including inclusive excellence and diversity and growth and innovation in graduate education. As always, we will be guided by our campus vision that every person, every interaction matters.

Debra A. Hope
Dean of Graduate Education