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Provost recommends new dean of graduate school

March 3, 2022
<p>Provost Teresa K. Woodruff speaks to the crowd at Sparticipation on Aug. 31, 2021. The event was held in-person at Cherry Lane Park, after being forced to move online in 2020.</p>

Provost Teresa K. Woodruff speaks to the crowd at Sparticipation on Aug. 31, 2021. The event was held in-person at Cherry Lane Park, after being forced to move online in 2020.

Photo by Devin Anderson-Torrez | The State News

Provost Teresa Woodruff is recommending an associate dean in the graduate school, Pero Dagbovie, for positions as the associate provost for graduate and postdoctoral studies and Graduate School dean.

His appointment pends approval from the Board of Trustees at the next meeting on April 22. Before then, he will serve in the associate provost position as well as the dean of the Graduate School Designate starting April 11.

Prior to becoming associate dean, Dagbovie was a professor in the Department of History, teaching a variety of subjects like the philosophy of history and U.S. history. He then served as graduate director and associate chair from 2010 to 2015. His expertise and work center around African American and twentieth-century history as well as diversity.

"We think this is the best selection," MSU deputy spokesperson Dan Olsen said. "He's worked as an associate dean, particularly on student success initiatives, which is a key focus point of our strategic plan."

Olsen said the university is excited about Dagbovie's new role due to his past experience and leadership. He was also a fellow in Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program and served on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee and Task Force on Racial Equity.

"We think his experience there as well as a wealth of knowledge and leadership in our strategic planning initiatives make him a perfect fit for this role in helping our postdoctoral students or graduate students navigate their programs and find continued success at Michigan State," Olsen said.

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