June 21, 2019


SUBJECT:    Appointment of the Next Dean of the Graduate Division

We are delighted to announce that following an extensive national search, Dr. James Soto Antony has been appointed Dean of the Graduate Division, effective September 1, 2019. He will also hold a tenured faculty appointment in the Department of Education Studies.

Dr. Antony holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA. His research and teaching focus on the preparation of forward-thinking leaders in college and university settings. He has over twenty years of leadership experience in both public and private higher education settings, with a strong emphasis on educational innovation and enhancing the graduate student experience. Dr. Antony currently serves on the faculty of the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, and as Faculty Director of Harvardís Higher Education Program. He is also Co-Director of Harvardís Management Development Program, which provides higher education leaders with the tools and insight to think more strategically, balance competing demands, and engage in more forward-thinking leadership.

Dr. Antony previously served as Associate Provost for Yale University, where he worked on issues ranging from faculty development and diversity, to undergraduate leadership development within Yale College. Previously, Dr. Antony was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Washington where, over a 17-year career, he led the creation of several graduate programs, served as Associate Dean of the College of Education, and served as Associate Vice Provost and Associate Dean of The Graduate School. A current Fellow of the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia, and a past fellow of the American Council on Education, he sits on numerous national and international advisory and editorial boards and is a reviewer for several scholarly journals and associations.

As Dean of the Graduate Division, Dr. Antony will serve as a key member of the University's leadership team, set divisional goals and long-range plans in alignment with the universityís strategic vision, promote high standards in research, education and administration, and will promote and address the needs of an outstanding and diverse graduate student body, while providing leadership to the academic divisions in the recruitment and retention of graduate students.

We sincerely thank the members of the search committee for their thoughtful contributions and insights. We also appreciate the wide-ranging input from members of the campus community who participated in the search process.

Please join us in heartily thanking Interim Graduate Dean Paul Yu for his exemplary service and for his commitment to ensuring a seamless leadership transition for the division.

Pradeep K. Khosla

Elizabeth H. Simmons
Executive Vice Chancellor