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Alcorn Academic deans compete, School of Graduate Studies dean eliminated

Alcorn State, Miss. (July 12, 2012) – Alcorn President M. Christopher Brown II along with members of the faculty and staff senates agreed to eliminate the Dean position of the School of Graduate Studies and disburse the duties among the academic schools and Office of the Provost in an effort to promote efficiencies.

President Brown said, “Students earn degrees in an academic area not in graduate studies. We will manage the admissions and degree paperwork as a graduate education function, but we do not need to pay someone to dean a unit with no faculty.”

“Being that President Brown is a transparent and accessible leader,” says Faculty Senate President Dickson Idusuyi. “Faculty members are comfortable discussing vital matters with him and often times just engage with the president to converse about their area of scholarship. They value his keen insight and leadership capabilities. Working together, we realized a cost-effective and nurturing solution for the School of Graduate Studies.”

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies Donzell Lee will provide oversight of graduate activities and work directly with all of the institution’s undergraduate schools.

President Brown acknowledges the essential faculty voice, “Gingerly, we discussed concerns about lifetime appointments and contracts that did not differentiate the salary compensation for faculty and administrative duties.”

President Brown added, “Alcorn is known for its ability to identify and not only increase efficiencies, but advance customer support and services as well. Undergraduate schools will now provide governance, engage and champion matters for their graduate students.”

“Transparency and consensus matters to us,” says Staff Senate President Donna Hayden. “We thank Dr. Brown for his leadership, time and attention to faculty and staff concerns. Under his guidance Alcorn is continually making bold, innovative decisions.”

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