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William Karpus, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Leaves The Graduate School

Modified: May 21, 2015

Dear Members of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Community at Northwestern University, 

It is with mixed emotions that I inform you that William J. Karpus, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at The Graduate School (TGS), Professor of Pathology and Microbiology-Immunology in the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Medical Group member, and Director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Flow Cytometry Core Facility will be leaving Northwestern this summer to become the inaugural Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin—Madison on August 1, 2015.
During his time at TGS, Bill has served as a key part of my leadership team, advocating on behalf of student needs and the postdoctoral community. Under his leadership, our Office of Postdoctoral Affairs expanded and joined our Training Grant Support Office, our Student Life office became an even stronger advocacy resource for our student community, and our professional development programming has been expanded. Bill has also not only worked closely with our Student Services team, a group that attends to emerging needs and issues that our graduate students encounter, but has also administered a number of internal grant programs that contribute to the success of our PhD and MFA students. Bill’s increased recruitment of Northwestern graduate faculty members to be participate in the selection of all TGS internal grant recipients has enhanced the visibility and impact of these programs. We have made great strides over the past three years in our service to and advocacy for the graduate and postdoctoral communities, and Bill has been a major collaborator in this work.
Bill is a thoughtful, kind, and devoted leader, and I have every confidence that he will be successful in his role as Dean of the Graduate School at UW Madison. Though we will miss his friendship and collegiality, we at TGS are thrilled for him as he takes this next step in his professional career, and wish him the very best.  Please join me in congratulating Bill on his new role.

Dwight A. McBride, PhD
Associate Provost & Dean of The Graduate School
Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English & Performance Studies

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