Andy Berglund to Succeed Kimberly Espy and has been named Interim Dean of the Graduate School

Kimberly Espy, vice president for research and innovation and dean of the University of Oregon Graduate School, recently announced she would be leaving the UO to serve as the senior vice president for research at the University of Arizona. Espy will be succeeded as the dean of the Graduate School by Andy Berglund, who will serve as interim dean beginning May 27.

Under Dean Espy’s leadership, the Graduate School reformulated the Promising Scholar Award to increase central support for incoming underrepresented graduate students; launched graduate specializations – a new method for recognizing the in-depth or broad-reaching training students can receive in such areas as neuroscience, prevention science, food studies and sustainable business practice; and secured a new donor-funded experiential learning opportunity for graduate students known as the Dixon Innovation Awards. As dean, Espy strengthened the Graduate School’s partnership with Enrollment Management to begin enhancing graduate student recruitment efforts. The Graduate School wishes Dean Espy the best in her new post.

Prior to joining the Graduate School in August 2013 as associate dean, Berglund served as director of graduate studies for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. An active supporter of graduate education, Berglund has mentored more than 20 PhD and master’s students. He continues to run a thriving National Institutes of Health- and foundation-supported research lab with many graduate students who themselves have been successful in receiving external support from the National Science Foundation and the American Heart Association. Two years ago, Berglund co-led the development of a new track in the biology master’s program for bioinformatics, which combines coursework at the UO with internships in industry, academics, and government. He incorporated his expertise and investment in student professional development into his role as associate dean, working to offer outlets for graduate students to enhance their professional careers while completing their graduate studies. Berglund’s efforts have been instrumental in enhancing participation in our Graduate STudent Research Forum and in shaping the new Dixon Innovation Award.

Senior Vice President and Provost Scott Coltrane, in his announcement of Berglund’s appointment, indicated that he intends to launch very soon an internal search for a new Dean of the Graduate School.

 

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