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    Advisory Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy

    Advisory Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy charter


    Current committee members


    Mark Sheridan (2022) – Chair
    Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs and Dean, Graduate School
    Texas Tech University


    Brian Kloeppel (2022)
    Dean, Graduate School and Research
    Western Carolina University


    Michelle Penn-Marshall (2022)
    Vice President for Research, Associate Provost, and Dean, Graduate College
    Hampton University


    Brandy Randall (2022)
    Dean, Graduate School
    Oakland University


    Phil Trella (2022)
    Associate Vice Provost and Director, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs
    University of Virginia


    Laura Carlson (2023)
    Vice President and Associate Provost, Dean of the Graduate School
    University of Notre Dame


    Michael Crowder (2023)
    Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
    Miami University


    Clay Gloster (2023)
    Vice Provost of Graduate Research and Dean of the Graduate College
    North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University


    Chris Nelson (2023)
    Association Dean, School of Graduate Studies
    University of North Dakota


    Melissa Sturge-Apple (2023)
    Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education
    University of Rochester



    Amy Scott


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
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    As the national voice for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource on issues regarding graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS collaborates with other national stakeholders to advance the graduate education community in the policy and advocacy arenas.  
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