September 9, 2005


Dear Colleagues:   

In my campus memo of July 11, I shared with you the news that after 16 years of  extraordinary leadership as dean of our Graduate Division, Professor Charles Li has decided to return full-time to research and teaching in our Department of Linguistics.     

Following the recommendation of EVC Gene Lucas, and in consultation with the Academic Senate and administrative and faculty colleagues, I am pleased to announce that Professor Gale Morrison has graciously agreed to serve as acting dean of the Graduate Division, effective September 15, 2005.    

Professor Morrison has been serving this past year as acting dean of our Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. As I announced on August 17, Dr. Jane Conoley, dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M, has been appointed as the next dean of the GGSE, expected to be effective either in December or on January 1, 2006.  Because Dr. Morrison will be continuing in her role as acting dean of the GGSE until  Dr. Conoley’s arrival, she will be serving at 25% time as acting dean of the Graduate Division for the short initial period beginning September 15, 2005.  

Professor Morrison was chair of the UCSB Academic Senate’s Graduate Council from 2002 to 2004. During these two years she also served on the UC Academic Senate’s Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs. Professor Morrison is a highly respected researcher, teacher, and graduate student mentor in the Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology Program of our Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. She is also affiliated with our Center for School-Based Youth Development. Her research and teaching areas involve exploring risk and resilience in children with learning and behavioral problems.    

I look forward to making an announcement in the near future regarding the formation of our search advisory committee for the next dean of the Graduate Division. In the interim, please join me in thanking Professor Morrison for her willingness to take on this important leadership role. We appreciate her dedication to our campus and especially to our graduate students.                                                                                                    



Henry T. Yang